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Losers

ISBN-10: 0679768092
ISBN-13: 9780679768098
Edition: 2000
Authors: Michael Lewis
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Description: 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. In it Michael Lewis brings to the political scene the same brilliance that distinguished his celebrated  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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. In it Michael Lewis brings to the political scene the same brilliance that distinguished his celebrated best-seller about the financial world, Liar's Poker. 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 clichés 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. The politicians speak and speak, often reversing positions, denying direct quotations, mastering the sound bite, dodging hard questions, wreaking havoc on the English language. Spin doctors spin. Rented strangers (campaign workers) proliferate. One particular toe sucker goes awry. Ads are honed to misrepresent and distort. Money makes the world go round. And the citizens are left dumbfounded or cheering empty platitudes. When trail fever breaks on Election Day, half of America's eligible voters stay home. 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. In telling the story, Michael Lewis once again proves himself a masterful observer of the American scene.

Dermot Healy was born in Finea, County Westmeath, Ireland on November 9, 1947. His first volume of short stories, Banished Misfortune, was published in 1982. He wrote several novels including A Goat's Song, Sudden Times, and Long Time, No See. He also wrote volumes of poetry including A Fool's Errand and a memoir entitled The Bend for Home. He won several literary prizes including the Hennessy, the Tom Gallon and the Encore. He also wrote and directed plays including The Long Swim and On Broken Wings. He was the ageing Irish emigrant narrator in Nichola Bruce's film, I Could Read the Sky in 1999. He died on June 29, 2014 at the age of 66.Dermot Healy was born in Finea, County Westmeath, Ireland on November 9, 1947. His first volume of short stories, Banished Misfortune, was published in 1982. He wrote several novels including A Goat's Song, Sudden Times, and Long Time, No See. He also wrote volumes of poetry including A Fool's Errand and a memoir entitled The Bend for Home. He won several literary prizes including the Hennessy, the Tom Gallon and the Encore. He also wrote and directed plays including The Long Swim and On Broken Wings. He was the ageing Irish emigrant narrator in Nichola Bruce's film, I Could Read the Sky in 1999. He died on June 29, 2014 at the age of 66.Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 15, 1960. He received a BA in art history from Princeton University in 1982 and a Masters in economics from the London School of Economics in 1985. He is a non-fiction author/journalist of mostly financial themes. His books include Liar's Poker, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, The Money Culture, Boomerang, and Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.

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