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Author Lewis, Michael (Michael M.)

Title Trail fever : spin doctors, rented strangers, thumb wrestlers, toe suckers, grizzly bears, and other creatures on the road to the White House / by Michael Lewis.

Imprint New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, Inc., 1997.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  324.9730929 L587t 1997    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition 1st ed.
Description xiv, 299 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Summary A wickedly funny and astute chronicle of the 1996 presidential campaign - and how we go about choosing our leaders at the turn of the century. Beginning with the primaries, Lewis traveled across America - a concerned citizen who happened to ride in candidates' airplanes (as well as rented cars in blinding New Hampshire blizzards) and write about their adventures. Among the contenders he observed: Pat Buchanan, a walking tour of American anger; Lamar Alexander, who appealed to people who pretend to be nice to get ahead; Steve Forbes, frozen in a smile and refusing to answer questions about his father's motorcycles; Alan Keyes, one of the great political speakers of our age, whom no one has ever heard of; Morry Taylor - "the Grizz"--The hugely successful businessman who became the refreshing embodiment of ordinary Americans' appetites and ambitions; Bob Dole, a man who set out to prove he would never be president; and Bill Clinton, the big snow goose who flew too high to be shot out of the sky. We watch the cliches of this peculiar subculture collide with characters from the real world: a pig farmer in Iowa; an evangelical preacher in Colorado Springs; a homeless person in Manhattan; a prospective illegal immigrant in Mexico. This book offers a striking look at us and our politics and the mammoth unlikelihood of connection between the inauthentic modern candidate and the voter's passions, needs, and desires.
Contents The people -- Trailers -- The Grizz -- The crystal owl -- You're no pig farmer! -- The messenger -- Animal farm -- Strong thermal -- The mouth of the old south -- Losers -- Blue-collar blues -- Surrogates -- The normal person of tomorrow -- The new Dole of the wild Grizz -- The religious party -- Ghosts -- San Diego -- Chicago -- The leftovers -- The fall -- Experiments in higher living -- Abroad and at home -- The Clinton chronicles -- The end -- Postmortems.
Subject Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1996.
Presidential candidates -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1993-2001.
Politics and government (OCoLC)fst01919741
Presidential candidates. (OCoLC)fst01075708
Presidents -- Election. (OCoLC)fst01075747
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1993-2001
ISBN 0679446605 (alk. paper)
9780679446606 (alk. paper)

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