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Looking Forward to It: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the American Electoral Process
Stephen Elliott does not know what to think of American voters, this year's desperate and heated run for presidency, or the legitimacy of the political system. He doesn't know whether to love John Kerry or try to love Howard Dean or try, simply, to get excited about Politics. But what he does know is that most Americans are as confused, taxed and broken-hearted as he is....more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 16th 2004 by Picador
(first published October 1st 2004)
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This book was written during the Democratic primaries for the 2004 election (about the time that I read it) and probably seems dated now. However, knowing the outcome doesn't take too much fun out of reading it. The title is pretty ironic since Elliott seems so hopeless at times. My favorite part was the description of the unwashed hordes of volunteers mobilized by Howard Dean.
i liked this book more and more as i read. it's at some moments, fascinating, funny, and sad. if you're into politics, you should probably check it out, as it's a completely different perspective than any media source can provide. i wish he would have written something like this for the last campaign.
Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books including Happy Baby, a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, as well as a Best Book of 2004 in Salon.com, Newsday, Chicago New City, Journal News, and Village Voice. Elliott's writing has been featured in Esquire, The New York Times, GQ, Best American Non-Required Reading 2005 & 2007, Best American Erotica, and Best Sex Writ ...moreMore about Stephen Elliott...