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All the Truth Is Out by Matt Bai
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it was amazing

What a great book this is! When I exclaimed that to my sister and started to explain why, she stopped me, asking, "Who is Gary Hart?" Yes, Gary Hart. He likely could have been a highly successful president, but a media circus trashed him before his candidacy (1987) really got started. Specifically what initiated his downward slide was a question put to him by an establishment (Washington Post) reporter: "Have you ever committed adultery?" Given a previous era coziness between the Washington press corps and presidents, such a question would never have been posed to known adulterers (FDR, JFK, LBJ), but when put to Hart it changed politics forever. This highly engaging account of Hart's fall is intertwined with astute observations about the tectonic shift that has occurred in press-politician relationships, the point in time when the lines between entertainment and politics merged. Author's reflective interviews with primary participants in the Hart saga (after 25 years) contribute much to this book's appeal.
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Booky wow...why is our media obsessed with trivia about a candidate's life, rather than his take on important policy matters?


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