Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates

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Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates

Format:  Paperback,

209 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Sep 2012

ISBN-13: 9780812981438

ISBN-10: 081298143X

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With an update by the author for the 2012 election
A veteran newsman who has presided over eleven presidential and vice-presidential debates, Jim Lehrer gives readers a ringside seat for some of the epic political battles of our time, shedding light on all of the critical turning points and rhetorical faux pas that helped determine the outcome of America's presidential elections. Drawing on his own experiences as "the man in the middle seat," in-depth interviews with the candidates and his fellow moderators, and transcripts of key exchanges, Lehrer illuminates what he calls the "Major Moments" and "killer questions" that defined the debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain. In this paperback edition, he also offers his expert analysis of the 2012 Republican primary debates.
Asked to sum up his experience as a participant in high-level televised debates, President George H. W. Bush memorably likened them to an evening in "tension city." In Jim Lehrer's absorbing account, we find out that truer words were never spoken.
"A brisk and engaging memoir."--"The Washington Post"
"Enthralling . . . remarkable . . . a wonderful political memoir."--Bookreporter
"A really good read . . . There is] no debating quality of Jim Lehrer's book."--Associated Press
"Jim Lehrer is a national monument, and this riveting book shows how he became America's moderator."--Michael Beschloss, author of "Presidential Courage"
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"A political junkie's backstage pass."--"The Capital Times"

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Sep 2012
ISBN-13: 9780812981438
ISBN-10: 081298143X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 209
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 8.0 x 0.5

Chapter outline

Introduction: And Then Came 2012p. xiii
Good Eveningsp. 3
Killer Questionp. 30
Apples and Applesp. 51
Personal Differencesp. 77
The Big Sighsp. 93
Play-by-Playsp. 115
Number Elevenp. 143
Mr. Jefferson, Among Othersp. 161
Good Nightsp. 175
Acknowledgmentsp. 199
Indexp. 201

Book description

With an update by the author for the 2012 election

A veteran newsman who has presided over eleven presidential and vice-presidential debates, Jim Lehrer gives readers a ringside seat for some of the epic political battles of our time, shedding light on all of the critical turning points and rhetorical faux pas that helped determine the outcome of America’s presidential elections. Drawing on his own experiences as “the man in the middle seat,” in-depth interviews with the candidates and his fellow moderators, and transcripts of key exchanges, Lehrer illuminates what he calls the “Major Moments” and “killer questions” that defined the debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain. In this paperback edition, he also offers his expert analysis of the 2012 Republican primary debates.

Asked to sum up his experience as a participant in high-level televised debates, President George H. W. Bush memorably likened them to an evening in “tension city.” In Jim Lehrer’s absorbing account, we find out that truer words were never spoken.

“A brisk and engaging memoir.”— The Washington Post

“Enthralling... remarkable... a wonderful political memoir.”—Bookreporter

“A really good read... [There is] no debating quality of Jim Lehrer’s book.”—Associated Press

“Jim Lehrer is a national monument, and this riveting book shows how he became America’s moderator.”—Michael Beschloss, author of Presidential Courage

“A political junkie’s backstage pass.”— The Capital Times

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