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Candidates '88 /
Marvin Kalb, Hendrik Herzberg.
imprint
Dover, Mass. : Auburn House Pub. Co., c1988.
description
xxi, 297 p. : ports.
ISBN
086569186X :
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imprint
Dover, Mass. : Auburn House Pub. Co., c1988.
isbn
086569186X :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
2470783
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1989-01:
The transcripts of interviews of the major presidential candidates for the 1988 presidential election as conducted by Marvin Kalb and broadcast nationally by PBS. For those who saw the important series of candidate interviews, this book will not provide anything new. Yet these transcripts stand up in book form because Kalb asked serious, penetrating questions, and the candidates, by and large, gave thoughtful answers. This lengthy interview format harvested more substantive answers than the debate broadcasts at which all the candidates participated. Among the highlights are great interviews with Jesse Jackson and Gary Hart. Vice-president George Bush was the only candidate who refused to go one-on-one with Marvin Kalb on television. For those who want to remember what candidates were saying in the election of 1988, this book is highly recommended. For those who would like to forget, this book is as dated as interviews from past elections. These interviews made news when they aired, but reading them months after the fact, makes for a tedious read at times. Slightly recommended for all undergraduate libraries. -J. Orman, Fairfield University
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Choice, January 1989
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Summaries
Long Description
The process of nominating two persons who will ultimately compete for the presidency is long, complicated, exhausting, and expensive. The 1988 presidential primary campaigns were no exception, as Democratic and Republican candidates spent countless hours and millions of dollars to win votes and delegates in caucuses and primaries across the country. Speeches, debates, and media advertisements helped spread the candidates' messages and policies to the voters. A different, fresh, and informative forum for each of the candidates was introduced by the Kennedy School of Government in Candidates '88, a series of live, hour-long interviews with Marvin Kalb followed by questions from the audience of Harvard faculty and students. Broadcast nationally by PBS, this highly praised series made an important contribution to the presidential selection process and had a significant impact on the voters' understanding of the 1988 campaign, the candidates, and the issues. Now the complete interviews have been collected in Candidates '88, a volume that captures the substantive, revealing, and lively conversations between Marvin Kalb and the candidates. The book includes an insightful introduction by Marvin Kalb in which he examines the special political climate of 1988; explores why George Bush was the only candidate who decided not to participate in Candidates '88; discusses the power of the camera, the most coddled and cherished piece of technology in the history of presidential politics; and reflects on the problems of the nominating process and the need for reform. The volume also includes brief political biographies of all of the candidates written by Hendrik Hertzberg.
Long Description
The process of nominating two persons who will ultimately compete for the presidency is long, complicated, exhausting, and expensive. The 1988 presidential primary campaigns were no exception, as Democratic and Republican candidates spent countless hours and millions of dollars to win votes and delegates in caucuses and primaries across the country. Speeches, debates, and media advertisements helped spread the candidates' messages and policies to the voters. A different, fresh, and informative forum for each of the candidates was introduced by the Kennedy School of Government in Candidates '88, a series of live, hour-long interviews with Marvin Kalb followed by questions from the audience of Harvard faculty and students. Broadcast nationally by PBS, this highly praised series made an important contribution to the presidential selection process and had a significant impact on the voters' understanding of the 1988 campaign, the candidates, and the issues. Now the complete interviews have been collected in Candidates '88, a volume that captures the substantive, revealing, and lively conversations between Marvin Kalb and the candidates. The book includes an insightful introduction by Marvin Kalb in which he examines the special political climate of 1988; explores why George Bush was the only candidate who decided not to participate in Candidates '88; discusses the power of the camera, "the most coddled and cherished piece of technology in the history of presidential politics;" and reflects on the problems of the nominating process and the need for reform. The volume also includes brief political biographies of all of the candidates written by Hendrik Hertzberg.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Jesse
Jackson
Peter du Pont
Alexander Haig
Richard Gephardt
Michael Dukakis
Paul Simon Pat
Robertson
Albert
Gore
Jack
Kemp
Gary
Hart
Bruce
Babbitt
George
Bush
Index
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