From the man widely hailed as “the Dean of Moderators” comes a lively and revealing book that pulls back the curtain on more than 40 years of televised political debate in America. A veteran newsman who has presided over 11 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—and with them the course of history.
"Jim Leher is a jewel of a journalist."
In a riveting novel rooted in one of American history's great "what ifs," Jim Lehrer tells the story of two men haunted by the events leading up to John F. Kennedy's assassination. November 22, 1963. As Air Force One touches down in Dallas, ambitious young newspaper reporter Jack Gilmore races to get the scoop on preparations for President Kennedy's motorcade. Will the bubble top on the presidential limousine be up or down? Down, according to veteran Secret Service agent Van Walters.
"Story is too superficial and lacks depth."
Moments before he is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, Oklahoma Governor Buffalo Joe Hayman falls ill. Life is never the same for lieutenant governor One-Eyed Mack, who steps in to deliver the speech that concludes with an appeal for the return of the state's missing mummy. Suddenly Mack's name is being passed around as a possible vice-president. This is a comic, clever, fast-paced satire of politics told and read by one of this county's best known commentators.
Oklahoma lieutenant-governor One-Eyed Mack heads to France in pursuit of his chum, Luther Wallace, speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, who has disappeared, except for a message saying he won't return until he's ready.
Having located Luther but failed to convince him to return, Mack comes back to another mystery: why did a bus driver intentionally go over a bridge, killing himself and his passengers?
"Just a joy!!"