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  • Paperback: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (1 June 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679746498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679746492
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.4 x 20.2 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 748 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars150 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Quite possibly the finest book on presidential politics ever written, combining meticulous reporting and compelling, at times soaringly lyrical, prose." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

"The ultimate insider's book on presidential politics...an unparalleled source book on the 1988 candidates."

-- San Francisco Chronicle

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An American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race -- and scours the psyches of contenders from George Bush and Robert Dole to Michael Dukakis and Gary Hart -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer comes up with the answers, in a book that is vast, exhaustively researched, exhilarating, and sometimes appalling in its revelations.

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