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作       者:Gil Troy

出  版  社:Free Press

出版时间:2012-09-18

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ON the night of October 13, 1988, one hundred million Americans turned on their television sets to watch the two major party nominees for President of the United States debate in Los Angeles. American voters had been anticipating this clash between Vice President George Bush and Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis for weeks. The anchorman for the Cable News Network, Bernard Shaw, moderated the debate and asked the first question. Sounding more like the host of “The Newlywed Game” than a political journalist, Shaw gave Dukakis two minutes to respond to the question, “If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?” Without challenging Shaw’s premise, and claiming that the death penalty did not deter crime, Dukakis advocated an international conference to spearhead the fight on drugs. This passionless response, many believed, sealed Dukakis’s presidential fate. After the debate, the Governor quickly left the studio. “Kitty, I just blew it,” he told his wife.
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Cover

Dedication

Preface

Prologue: “What Has America Done to Deserve This?”

Chapter 1: Standing for Office in an Age of Virtue

Chapter 2: To Stand or to Stump?

Chapter 3: An Age of Parties, 1848–1856

Chapter 4: Passive Winners and Active Losers

Chapter 5: The Front Porch or the Stump? 1880–1896

Chapter 6: The “Old-Fashioned” Campaign Trail

Chapter 7: Reluctant Runners, 1916–1928

Chapter 8: The President as Campaigner

Chapter 9: Televising the President, 1948–1964

Chapter 10: A Cross-Country Marathon

Chapter 11: The Search for Virtue in the Presidential Campaign

Photographs

Appendix A. Electoral and Popular Votes for Major Presidential Contenders, 1789–1988

Appendix B. Newspapers, Radio, and Television in the United States, 1790–1990

Manuscript Collections Cited

A Guide to Abbreviations in Notes

Notes

An Essay on Sources

Index

Copyright

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