12 essential presidential campaign books
As the 2012 presidential campaign moves into its final weeks, it's being lifted by bear hugs and thrown off course by surprising misstatements. The shifts of fortune can make for compelling drama, even in the rearview mirror. Here are a dozen of the most notable books – brilliant, clear-eyed, anonymous, and even drugged out – about the presidential campaigns of recent history.
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'Making of the President'
John F. Kennedy campaigning in 1960 with Sen. George McGovern, who would run for president in 1972. Both campaigns – as well as those in 1964, 1968 and 1980 – were detailed in Theodore H. White's "Making of the President" series. His books set the standard for comprehensive campaign reporting.