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Presidential Politics 101

Five famous books about political activity - Democratic conventions and campaign trails are the settings for books about capitalist living

1 Norman Mailer's prophetic ''Superman Comes to the Supermarket'' -- in The Time of Our Time -- is a stereoscopic report from the 1960 Democratic Convention.

2 What makes George (and Michael and Gary and Al...) run? In What It Takes, Richard Ben Cramer gets inside the head of every handler, fixer, and hopeful in the 1988 race.

3 Historical impact aside, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward's All the President's Men is a crack procedural: Two rookie reporters. One little Watergate break-in.

4 Henry Adams, the second President's great-grandson, became the founding father of the Washington novel with 1880's social comedy Democracy.

5 In Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72, the good Dr. Hunter S. Thompson hits the road with George McGovern and Richard M. Nixon to drop psychedelic political science.

Originally posted Jul 09, 2004 Published in issue #773 Jul 09, 2004 Order article reprints
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