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.