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Primary Politics: How Presidential Candidates Have Shaped the Modern Nominating System
The 2008 presidential primaries produced more drama than many general election campaigns. This book shows how presidential candidates since the early 1970s have sought to alter the rules in their favor and how their failures and successes have led to even more change.
Paperback, 216 pages
Published July 15th 2009 by Brookings Institution Press
(first published May 10th 2009)
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Generally well written, which is important considering the subject matter is not exactly thrilling. That being said, it provides a very clear picture of how the current nominating system has grown out of the complex interactions between presidents/presidential campaigns and the party apparatus.
For hardcore political junkies primarily - I got a bit lost in the historical details myself at times! Kamarck does succeed in addressing the central issue of how the system has become so front-loaded, as it appears it will be next year as well.