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Presidential Library

Oct. 21, 2004

With the U.S. presidential race in its final days, here are three great books that capture the campaign spirit: The Making of the President, 1960 by Theodore H. White (Pocket Books; 481 pages) The classic election read — a riveting account of one of the closest contests in U.S. history, and a manual for understanding American politics. Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson (Flamingo; 480 pages) Thompson's gonzo take on Nixon's second campaign set the style for a generation of young reporters.

The Right Nation: Why America is Different, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge (Allen Lane; 450 pages) A deeply reported, dispassionate guide to the U.S.'s distinctively conservative politics. By examining such issues as guns, abortion and religion, it shows why any liberal running for national office has an uphill battle.