Presidential Debates: Risky Business on the Campaign Trail


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Columbia University Press
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5.9 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Alan Schroeder is a professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University and has worked as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat. He is the author of Writing and Producing Television News: From Newsroom to Air (2009) and Celebrity-in-Chief: How Show Business Took Over the White House (2004).


Schroeder reaches beyond the political junkie and occasional academic with Presidential Debates. Packed with illustrative stories and enough intrigue to be an 'insider's' view, this book not only can be read as a history of presidential debates, but, more importantly, brings alive the dynamic and evolutionary nature of political debates.--Allan Louden, Wake Forest University
Throughout it all -- from questions about Richard Nixon's makeup to the size of Donald Trump's appendages, from Ronald Reagan's one-liners to Marco Rubio's same-liners -- presidential debates have helped decide primaries and elections since 1960. Alan Schroeder has compiled a comprehensive and masterful overview of these encounters. Sometimes dull, sometimes comical, always informative, they are the quadrennial Super Bowls for political junkies. We can't take our eyes off them. And nobody understands them better, or can add the precise historical perspective, than Schroeder.--Ken Rudin
Schroeder's savvy analysis and candid, behind-the-scenes tales of candidate tension and campaign brinksmanship show why presidential debates have become television's most consequential events.--Ted Johnson, Senior editor, Variety