Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History

Whistlestop My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From Face the Nation moderator and contributing editor for The Atlantic John Dickerson come the stories behind the stories of the most memorable moments in American president

  • Title: Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History
  • Author: John Dickerson
  • ISBN: 9781455540488
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Hardcover
  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From Face the Nation moderator and contributing editor for The Atlantic John Dickerson come the stories behind the stories of the most memorable moments in American presidential campaign history The stakes are high The characters full of striving and ego Presidential campaigns are a contest for control of power in the most powerful country onNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From Face the Nation moderator and contributing editor for The Atlantic John Dickerson come the stories behind the stories of the most memorable moments in American presidential campaign history The stakes are high The characters full of striving and ego Presidential campaigns are a contest for control of power in the most powerful country on earth The battle of ideas has a clear end, with winners and losers, and along the way there are sharp turning points primaries, debates, conventions, and scandals that squeeze candidates into emergency action, frantic grasping, and heroic gambles As Mike Murphy the political strategist put it, Campaigns are like war without bullets WHISTLESTOP tells the human story of nervous gambits hatched in first floor hotel rooms, failures of will before the microphone, and the cross country crack ups of long planned stratagems At the bar at the end of a campaign day, these are the stories reporters rehash for themselves and embellish for newcomers In addition to the familiar tales, WHISTLESTOP also remembers the forgotten stories about the bruising and reckless campaigns of the nineteenth century when the combatants believed the consequences included the fate of the republic itself Some of the most modern feeling elements of the American presidential campaign were born before the roads were paved and electric lights lit the convention halls or there were convention halls at all WHISTLESTOP is a ride through the American campaign history with one of its most enthusiastic conductors guiding you through the landmarks along the way.

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    1. Whistlestop is a collection of fascinating stories of presidential campaigns from the 18th century through to the present day. For all the ways in which 2016's election feels completely unprecedented, Whistlestop provides plenty of evidence that this has all happened before, whether it's the nomination of a candidate with no political background (Willkie in 1940) whose volatile temperament is called out by establishment politicians as dangerous to the country (Jackson in 1824/1828, Goldwater in [...]

    2. If you're still feeling bewildered and betrayed by the events of this year's election, get this book and read Nixon in 1968 and Reagan in 1980. Taken together they pretty much = Trump in 2016.Myself, I preferred Jefferson in 1800, Jackson in 1824, and Cleveland in 1884. Distance is soothing.Although I found there wasn't enough distance in the timeline of the entire cosmos for me to read the chapter on 2000. I miss that John McCain.

    3. John Dickerson's easy, funny and details-rich style of storytelling is probably capable of making grocery lists interesting, but he doesn't have to count so much on his skills in this case since the stories picked for this book are already interesting.While some stories can be harder to follow if you're not familiar with the history of its period, you can still enjoy them as just stories. Stories of men hailed as heroes or deemed as villains of history, and sometimes forgotten to be just men. Th [...]

    4. If you're interested in this year's election, read this book. If you like American history, read this book. If you think Americans could be smarter about candidates--definitely read this book. The downside is that the typos jump off the page a little too often.

    5. As I am writing this, the American Presidential election is just three days away. Like most Americans, I am heartily sick of a sordid, tawdry, seedy, mean campaign season. Earlier in the year, I became convinced that a good chunk of the success of the musical “Hamilton” was the collective realization that even our sainted founding fathers were all too human. It was somehow reassuring about the new low that we seemed to have achieved in the 2016 election.So it was also inspiriting to read in [...]

    6. A fun read and a great collection of some of the most exciting Presidential elections in our history. When folks complain about the '16 election, it's a good reminder that our country has fought every four years dating back to 1800, and some of the elections captured here remind us how seriously we, the people, take these contests.The storytelling is fresh, given the numerous books already published on each of these elections. For more detailed histories look to the series published by the Unive [...]

    7. 4.5 stars. It gives me some hope we'll survive our upcoming election no matter the outcome. These are mostly stories you might have heard before but they're written with such wit and style it's just a pleasure to read.

    8. A delightful series of well-researched articles on various presidential campaign moments - including the Dean Scream, Muskie cries(?), Tippecanoe & Tyler too, and numerous other stories. All are told with John Dickerson's dry wit - which isn't a surprise, as the book is based on the excellent WHISTLESTOP podcast.Highly recommended - it's especially good for lunch reading as each chapter stands on its own.

    9. A nice breezy read through some of the more nefarious political campaigns of the past. I particularly liked the 1884, Cleveland "Where's My Pa?", as the first overt sex scandal to rock an election. I was unaware of the '52 nomination machinations of Ike. If you want to draw a straight line to today's headlines, read the Reagan ('64, '76, & '80) as well as the distrubing parallels to the George Wallace campaign of '68.

    10. I first heard about this book from Chris Cor, A DC reporter and I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. John Dickerson is the host of CBS Face the Nation and a very good historian and writer. This book is about political campaigns the ones that succeeded and the ones that failed. The best part of this book was the table of presidential campaigns in the beginning. This is a great reference for anyone who wants to know how close some of the races were. Some of the races were blowouts but some were ve [...]

    11. Dickerson, host of CBS' Face the Nation and a longtime writer at Slate, put together a book that is pretty much a cleaner, easier to read version of his podcast on U.S. Presidential campaign history with the same name. And if you enjoy the podcast, like I do, this book will not disappoint.It's not perfect and it looks at times to have some chapters put together a little too quickly. The chapter on Howard Dean's 2004 run has a lot of typos and a URL that appears in the middle of the text, but any [...]

    12. I've enjoyed John Dickerson's Whistlestop podcasts (as well as his work on Slate's 'Gabfest' podcast and CBS's Face the Nation). This was a fun read for a political junkie like myself---a look at many of the memorable and not so memorable (for the modern audience) campaigns. There are lessons to be learned, echoes of 1884 and 1968 for 2016--just for example. Are there two candidates that were so strongly disliked as Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump? Go back to 1884 and meet Senator Blaine and [...]

    13. It's easy to tire of overwrought gloom-and-doom analysis from both the left and the right this season, so John Dickerson's Whistlestop podcast, which tackles presidential primaries with the lightest of touches without losing any analytical fire, has been my go-to. Fortunately, he's expanded many of the stories here without losing any humor or immediacy. If you're interested in the connections between the NeverTrump and Stop Goldwater movements, Reagan's Nashua moment, or the infamous Howard Dean [...]

    14. This collection of remarkably cohesive and varied stories from the history of Presidential campaigns accomplishes exactly what Ken Burns's back cover blurb says it does: "set us straight" in our arrogant belief that our present political moment is new. There are constantly—nearly without fail— echoes of past campaigns in modern movements and Dickerson artfully and accessibly draws those lines for the reader. In the ruins of the 2016 election, I think a book like this is important now more th [...]

    15. The material is current and gives a different perspective to the current insane circus that is this years presidential race for the White House. The voice of the book gives the feel of sitting with the author in your living room and having him tell stories that we probably haven't heard about past elections and are so very current. To read this book in February 2017 will be fun to see if the perspective he offers changes at all. It could be interesting.

    16. I loved this book! It's the perfect bipartisan read for this fraught political season. It goes to show that presidential campaigns have always been kinda crazy & never lacked for drama. Dickerson's asides & comparisons to the 2016 campaign made the book even more enjoyable!

    17. I received this as part of a Giveaway. Very interesting read about how certain events and approaches can make or break a campaign.

    18. Presidential campaigns are some of the most fascinating and entertaining stories from the genre of history. They are important too because the similarities help us understand modern campaigns. The 1840 campaign between Harrison and Van Buren was dominated by slander and propaganda. It was the first campaign when the candidates actively participated in the campaign. Harrison spread propaganda about himself as someone growing up in a log cabin and had to pull himself up by his own bootstraps while [...]

    19. By the time I got to the end of Whistlestop, I nearly forgot what I read at the beginning! That's not a diss on Mr. Dickerson, that's my shitty memory, and the fact that 90% of the information contained in this book was new to me. (Being non-American.)I learned about the existence of John Dickerson via Stephen Colbert, his friend, whose idea, incidentally, sparked this very book. Colbert interviewed Dickerson last year (2016, 1 hour 15 mins long video available on Face the Nation's YouTube chann [...]

    20. If, like me, your exposure to John Dickerson is limited to watching him host the buttoned-up Sunday morning show Face the Nation, it may come as a surprise to learn that John Dickerson is FUNNY. And by FUNNY, I mean laugh-out-loud, rolling on the floor, did-he-really-write-that FUNNY. Here's a sample, talking about William Henry Harrison: Maybe that's what makes the president with the raccoon eyes and prominent nose look most like an undertaker in the lineup of presidential portraits. Though it [...]

    21. "When your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." The analogy here is that as the military has become more and more the most used tool in our arsenal everything begins to look more and more like a war. It appears that other options for achieving peace or maintaining peace are weak and undervalued. The line between war and peace has become increasingly blurred. The war on terrorism will keep America at war for the foreseeable future. As we've come ever increasingly to be in a const [...]

    22. A bare-bones, tired, and strangely organized retelling of electioneering chestnuts. The biggest problem for me is how many of these stories date from the past 60 years, being the elections that Dickerson and his mother both had immediate involvement as reporters, and yet there is nothing new that he can relate. Each of these tales are exactly the stories that were told at the time, indicating that Dickerson hasn't even bothered to read up on the background to add depth or look for another angle [...]

    23. Historical account of political campaigns in the United States. This book spans all the way back to the 1700's. This is a fascinating look into the winners and losers of major presidential races. The organization is a bit difficult to follow jumping around in time. The major characters of the campaign are described along with the scandals, lies, deceptions and sex. The author sprinkles his own analysis throughout the different sections. He goes to original sources and first hand accounts with a [...]

    24. I become a political junkie every four years during a presidential campaign season. I haven't calmed down from the 2016 election, so was interested to read stories of campaigns of the past, from 1880 to the present day. This serves as a good history book, too, and I came to the conclusion that the subtitle could be, "Same old, same old." Man's desire for power is at the heart of each of these stories. Having spent part of the time in D. C. while reading this book, it became apparent to me that r [...]

    25. I read this book for the stories and there were lots of them. The title speaks for itself, these are the presidential campaigns stories that John Dickerson considers his favorite. I liked some a lot, others not so much. From the stories its clear that there are similar undertones in nearly all elections, the more things change, the more they stay the same. There were the in-party usurpers the likes of Ted Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, the usual campaign dirt, flawed candidates and things you've pro [...]

    26. It's very fantastic book about the political history of the presidential campaigns in the United States, and that there were many narrative stories of different presidential candidates who run for the President of the United States in more than two hundred years. If you are enjoying in the politics and history then I would like to recommend you all to read this book. John Dickerson is excellent news reporter and writer himself. He was gathering the informations from historic articles that from t [...]

    27. I love this kind of book. It proves that things in the past were not always better in the world of politics. It proves that people and candidates were ALWAYS partisan in this country. Basically that the good old days for the country as a whole never really existed.It's also funny. And informative. There are stories behind many presidential campaigns, and how the media covered the twists and turns. The whole idea of "taking umbrage" was covered and it was awesome. Just claim to take offense at so [...]

    28. Loved this book. Love it so much that although I have now read it on Kindle, I have an audio copy going in my car. Author Dickerson is narrator and hearing his humorous twist in narration is great. This book is for someone who likes to read presidential history and about the campaigns. There really is little new under the sun with US campaigning, a little more technology but no more opportunism, snide remarks or negative campaigning than there is ever been. Dickerson details the winners, losers [...]

    29. This is a great book, filled with excellent anecdotes about presidential campaigns going back to the founding of our country. Dickerson is such a terrific storyteller, and while many of these stories have a great deal to teach us in our modern, Twitter-plagued times, he never sermonizes or preaches. This is a book I'd recommend to people who are either political junkies or political neophytes. Well worthy of a read!

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