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Title:
Warts and all : the men who would be Bush
Author:
Ridley, Matt.
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Publication Information:
London : Viking, 1989.
Physical Description:
280 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780670827336
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Book

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Rather than policies, asserts Ridley, the Economist 's Washington correspondent, the successful marketing of a public person spells victory for presidential candidates, even one as roundly disparaged as former vice president Bush. In a discerning report on the 1988 campaign, covered here with caustic wit and astute portrayals of people and places, Ridley characterizes our TV-dominated electoral process as wasteful and frequently nasty--fraught with hyperbole and hypocrisy that reveal our national insecurities. Thanks to scripts prepared by well-funded professional handlers, Ridley argues, a carefully contrived image won Bush the small but requisite majority to become ``king'' of our democracy. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

To find something original to say about a subject--in this case, the much-covered 1988 presidential election--is no easy task, yet Ridley, Washington correspondent for the Economist , has succeeded in making a profound and vividly fascinating book of reporting and observation. In general approach--but in no other way--the book resembles Jack Germond and Jules Witcover's Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars? ( LJ 9/1/89). Much that Ridley has to say about the quadrennial contest in noise and frenzy reinforces the inescapable conclusion that polls set the candidates' agendas and that slogans, advertising hucksters, and a good picture-window will sell even the most inferior political ``product.'' Recommended.-- A.J. Anderson, Graduate Sch. of Library & Information Sci ences, Simmons Coll., Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.