By Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis is a grasp at dissecting the absurd: after skewering Wall road in his nationwide bestseller Liar's Poker, he packed his effective pen and set out at the 1996 crusade trail. As he follows the boys who aspire to the Oval place of work, Lewis discovers an absurd mixture of bravery and backpedaling, heroic probability and mealy-mouthed sound bytes, and a strategy so ridiculous and unsavory that it leaves him puzzling over if every body involved—from the newshounds to the applicants to the folk who voted—isn't eventually a loser.
Pat Buchanan: turns into the 1st baby-kisser ever to settle on a black hat over a white one.
Phil Gramm: spends twenty million funds to persuade citizens of his monetary responsibility.
John McCain: makes the deadly mistake of really talking his brain.
Alan Keyes: tests out of a brand new Hampshire lodge and tells the executive one other candidate can be paying his bill.
Steve Forbes: refuses to reply to questions about his father's motorcycles.
Bob Dole: marches throughout the crusade with no ever seeming to care.
Losers is a wickedly humorous, unflinching examine how the USA rather is going approximately deciding upon a President.
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