Primary Colors offers a richly detailed look at life on the political stump. As former congressional aide Henry Burton is dazzled and lured into presidential hopeful Jack Stanton's fledgling campaign, he becomes a cog in Stanton's unstoppable political machine. Burton illuminates, through his actions and observations, the sometimes seamy, sometimes steamy and sometimes surprisingly noble ascent to the presidency.
Filled with spin doctors, power brokers, and loyal followers, this story of a presidential race spans the spectrum from bedroom farce to high moral drama. Narrated with commanding presence by Peter Francis James, Primary Colors paints such an authentic picture of national politics that it's become one of the most talked-about political novels.
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No really. I was a Communications major, Political Science minor, in hopes of becoming a speechwriter. Unfortunately, I saw too much of Libby Holden in myself.
Personal stuff aside, Peter Francis James does a marvelous job narrating what must, at times been difficult, with some of the subject matter. Hands down, the manic-depressive investigator is my favorite character.
The staffer/candidate comes across quite candidly. I was intrigued by the firestorm that came with Primary Colors' release. The book was even better than the media frenzy surrounding its release.
I would change when I read/heard it. It'd have been better during the Clinton years than it now seems.
I would have made the candidates' shennanigans even more outrageous.
Someone whose voice had more narrative authority.
I think this has happened already.
A compelling, but not surprising, glimpse behind the scenes in a Presidential campaign.
I have wanted to read this book for years, and was always disappointed that it was never available in audio format. I have to say, however, that I was a little let down. The narrator speaks very slowly, so it took awhile for me to get used to his style of speaking. After all these years, I guess the fizz has gone out of this novel. It was fun trying to guess who each character was based on, but the book kind of lost its way toward the end. Glad I read it, but not as good as I had hoped.
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