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All the Truth Is Out by Matt Bai
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This book was a pleasant surprise that well exceeded my expectations. In under 300 pages, the author manages to do several things. First, the book places the 1987 events surrounding Gary Hart's decisions to withdraw from the 1988 presidential race within the larger context of changes in the media and American society which changed the relationship between politicians and those who cover them. It also provides a detailed account of the events surrounding Hart and his relationship with Donna Rice, with the focus on the efforts of several Miami Herald reporters to catch him (in a surprisingly comic opera set of circumstances). Finally, the book is a larger examination of Hart and his efforts to remain part of the public debate following his disgrace. It is Hart's generational difference from many of the baby boomers in the politics and media that lies at the center of the story, as Hart's refusal to publicly apologize or write a confessional memoir or go on the lecture circuit are a major reason for his continued exile from the center of the nation's political life. The atuhor's final exchange with Hart at the Dubliner is a fitting climax to a great book.
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February 14, 2016 – Started Reading
February 14, 2016 – Shelved
February 14, 2016 – Shelved as: politics-current-events
February 16, 2016 – Finished Reading

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