A behind-the-scenes examination of the campaign trail for the 1996 American Presidential elections which portrays the candidates, their motives for running and their struggles to define themselves and their political ideology, and assesses their leadership skills. The account is updated to include the aftermath of Clinton's re-election.
The book covers all the candidates that try for the nomination, including those that would have been considered but chose not to run. A very interesting insight into the process of running for our most powerful elected office. The book eventually comes down to the campign between Dole and Clinton.
Woodward is known for being very accurate and tapes all his interviews. This is the first book of his that I have read. And I will now try to pick up and read the Agenda next.
The book was well written (no surprise there) and truly captured the people in a way that put them outside of the media's spotlight.
From the onset you could see that Dole would not win...the background information on the campaign and what was going on behind closed doors was felt by those of us working the other end of the campaign.
If you want to know some of the back story about the 1996 campaign...then this is the book.