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Presidential Debates: Forty Years of High-Risk TV

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Drawing on his own experience as an award-winning reporter and TV producer and through illuminating interviews with journalists and producers who have worked on presidential debates, Alan Schroeder sheds light on every presidential debate from 1960 to the present. From the selection of questioners to the camera angles, from issues of makeup to lighting and stage set, Schro ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 3rd 2001 by Columbia University Press (first published 2000)
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This is a very detailed, sometimes perhaps too detailed, account of the televised presidential debates from 1960 to 1996.

Tthis is also a good resource for learning about how debate formats, locations, moderators, panelists, etc. are or were chosen for previous debates.

I was a bit surprised by two glaring errors in the edition I have (this edition published pre-2000 election). On page 110 it refers to the Bush and Dukakis debate in 1998 instead of 1988. On that same page it quotes a 1992 New Yo
Benjamin Knoll
A descriptive (but not very analytic) look at the tradition of presidential debates. Good for anyone wanting to get a close look at what goes on in the planning and execution of these debates.
A nice history for those actually interested.
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