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Behind John Kerry's Remarkable Run for the White
by Paul Alexander
Reviewed August 24, 2004.
Riverhead Books (Penguin), New York, 2004. 240 pages.
If you’re someone who hasn’t already decided that you’re definitely going
to vote for Bush, then you might think about reading this book. Although
it focuses more on the campaign and how John Kerry won the Democratic nomination
than it does on the man himself, you still get a good feel for who the
candidate is and what he stands for.
Without being slavishly admiring, the book presents Kerry’s basic background.
We do learn that Vietnam shaped his life, but also some of his accomplishments
in the Senate. The book follows his campaign through its rough beginning
to the point where he clinched the Democratic nomination. Knowing
which things bothered Kerry the most or moved him the most give some interesting
insights into his character.
Reading a book like this seemed like a better way to inform myself about
the candidate than relying on sound bites. Obviously, it didn’t present
a lot of negatives, but it did give me a better idea of what issues Kerry
is most interested in and what kind of President he would be.
Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.
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