|The Book Page-2004|
| Steve Rosenbaum II, director and Rob Barnett, producer
[DVD]. October 26, 2004.
"This acclaimed six-episode series profiles the unsung, behind-the-podium personalities of Campaign 2004, including John Kerry, Howard Dean, Joe Lieberman, Wesley Clark, and Dennis Kucinich. Get a glimpse of political life behind the scenes through the eyes of the Staffers. For these young campaign workers, life becomes a daily whirlwind of town meetings and celebrity rallies, handshakes and shouting matches, surprising victories and crushing defeats. From the chaos of the Iowa Caucuses to the drama of Super Tuesday, from the truth behind Dean's 'screaming rant' to the triumph of Kerry's clinched nomination, these are the public and private moments that define one of the most decisive and unforgettable political races in our nation's history."
Stephen Elliott. October 16, 2004. LOOKING FORWARD TO IT: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the American Electoral Process. New York: Picador.
"Looking Forward To It is the chronicle of one ordinary fellow's skeptical -- and hilarious -- journey through the election process. It is on the campaign trail that he will meet washed-out campaign managers, idealistic publicists, corrupt journalists, world-weary auditorium janitors, recovering drug addicts, and, of course, politicians. His report documents a journey into the center of 'the thing', our country, where Americans high and low come together to participate in the most profound gesture of democracy: the election."
Alexandra Pelosi. October 11, 2004. DIARY OF A POLITICAL TOURIST. HBO.
Documentary: 82 minutes.
"Entering primaries...visiting state fairs...kissing babies...shaking hands--everybody knows what candidates have to do in their public quest to earn the nomination for President of the United States. But who are the real people behind the politicians? HBO's intrepid reporter/tour guide Alexandra Pelosi (HBO's Journeys With George) provides viewers with a birds-eye view of this uniquely American process by which we choose a candidate to become the next leader of the free world. This film chronicles her two-year road trip on the 2004 Democratic presidential campaign trail with a group of candidates--Gen. Wesley Clark, Howard Dean, John Edwards, Dick Gephardt, Bob Graham, Dennis Kucinich, Joe Lieberman, Rev. Al Sharpton and John Kerry--as they attempt to make their way into the White House."
George Butler. October 1, 2004. GOING UPRIVER: The Long War of John Kerry. ThinkFilm/Palisades Pictures.
"Loosely based on the best-selling book Tour of Duty by Douglas Brinkley, Going Upriver examines the story of John Kerry and the key events that made him a national figure and the man he is today. Going Upriver director George Butler (best known for his highly acclaimed films Pumping Iron, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition) first realized Kerry’s importance to his generation and began documenting his journey in photographs in 1969, covering Kerry's leadership of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), his early political campaigns, as well as intimate moments of his personal life. The film weaves together Butler’s extraordinary photographs with archival film, interviews with Kerry’s closest associates, and more contemporary images of the Senator at home and abroad. The film places particular emphasis on his bravery during the Vietnam War and his courageous opposition to the war upon his return..."
Carlton Sherwood. September 9, 2004. STOLEN HONOR: Wounds That Never Heal. Harrisburg, Penn.: Red, White and Blue Productions.
Documentary: Running time 42 minutes.
"When John Kerry appeared before the U. S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the spring of 1971, his anti-war testimony accusing American soldiers of barbaric acts in Vietnam sent shock waves throughout America and the world... In a new documentary STOLEN HONOR: WOUNDS THAT NEVER HEAL, former POWs tell their compelling and chilling stories of their brutal life as prisoners of war in North Vietnam and the additional suffering and extended captivity they endured after their North Vietnamese captors read to them John Kerry's words accusing American soldiers of atrocities and demanded the POWs confess to Kerry's 'war crimes' allegations." Carlton Sherwood, President of Red White and Blue Productions and producer of STOLEN HONOR, is a decorated veteran of Vietnam; and former journalist. He served with the 2nd Battalion 4th Marines while in Vietnam before forging a journalistic career. In early 2003, Sherwood was named executive vice-president for the wvc3 Group, an antiterrorism, security firm in Reston, VA. He took an unpaid leave of absence from the wvc3 Group in June 2004 in order to establish Red, White & Blue Productions, Inc.. [More]
George Butler. September 2004. JOHN KERRY: A Portrait. New York: Bulfinch Press [Time Warner].
160 pages, $40.00/US Hardcover ISBN: 0821262033
"This timely book of photographs features intimate, never-before-seen photos of John Kerry — from his return from Vietnam, to the rise of his political career, to his family life — all documented by photographer and Kerry confidante George Butler."
Howard Dean with Judith Warner. September 27, 2004. YOU HAVE THE POWER: How to Take Back Our Country and Restore Democracy in America. New York: Simon & Schuster.
"You Have the Power is an energetic and detailed guide to restoring American democracy. It exposes the radical extremism of today's "mainstream" Republicans and shows Democrats how to be Democrats again. By reigniting hope, by tapping into the energy and ideals of the American people, Dean writes, the Democrats can restore America's strength and standing at home and abroad."
John E. O'Neill and Jerome R. Corsi. August 2004. UNFIT FOR COMMAND: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing.
256 pages, $18.95 Hardcover, ISBN 0895260174
"John O’Neill was the naval officer who took over John Kerry’s swift boat in the muddy waters of Vietnam. What he learned convinced him—and convinced the majority of veterans who served directly with Kerry—that John Kerry was and is unfit for command at the lowliest rank in the Navy, let alone as commander in chief of the United States... In this stunning new book, John O’Neill and his coauthor Dr. Jerome Corsi (an expert on the anti-Vietnam War movement) have interviewed dozens of veterans who served with Kerry and have meticulously documented a shameful record of betrayal and deception on the part of John Kerry."
David Bossie. July 2004. THE MANY
JOHN KERRY: Why this Massachusetts Liberal is Wrong for America.
Nashville, TN: WND
Books. [Thomas Nelson, Inc. imprint]
Joe Trippi. July 6, 2004. THE REVOLUTION WILL
TELEVISED: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of
New York: Regan
Meryl Levin and Will Kanteres. June 2004. PRIMARILY
NEW HAMPSHIRE. Third Rail Press, Inc.
Dana M. Dunnan. July
AT THE GRASSROOTS: Inside the Dean Campaign.
Michael Kranish, Brian Mooney and Nina J. Easton.
2004. JOHN F. KERRY: The Complete Biography by the Boston
Reporters Who Know Him Best. New York: Public
Charles Lewis. January 6, 2004. THE BUYING OF
2004: Who's Really Bankrolling Bush and His Democratic Challengers --
What They Expect in Return. New York: Perennial.
Douglas Brinkley. January 6,
OF DUTY: John Kerry and the Vietnam War. New York: William
Gov. Howard Dean. December 3, 2003. WINNING
New York: Simon
William Saletan and the Staff of
December 2, 2003. SLATE'S FIELD GUIDE TO THE CANDIDATES.
Sen. John Edwards with John Auchard. December 1,
FOUR TRIALS. New York: Simon
Walter Shapiro. November 4, 2003. ONE-CAR
the Road with the 2004 Democrats Before America Tunes In. New
Dirk Van Sustern, ed. November 1, 2003. HOWARD
A Citizen's Guide to the Man Who Would Be President. South
Sen. John Kerry. October 27,
A CALL TO SERVICE: My Vision for a Better America. New York: Viking
Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.).
25, 2003. WINNING MODERN WARS: Iraq, Terrorism, and the American
Empire. New York: Public
Joseph I. Lieberman and Hadassah
with Sarah Crichton. January 2003. AN AMAZING
Joe And Hadassah's Personal Notes On The 2000 Campaign. New York:
Al and Tipper Gore. November
JOINED AT THE HEART: The Transformation of the American Family.
Holt and Co.
Al Sharpton with Karen Hunter.
2002. AL ON AMERICA. New York: Kensington
Michael L. Goldstein. July 2003. GUIDE TO THE
William G. Mayer, ed. August 2003. THE MAKING
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES 2004. Rowman
& Littlefield Publishers.
Stephen J. Wayne. September 2003. THE ROAD TO
HOUSE 2004: The Politics of Presidential Elections. Wadsworth
William G. Mayer and Andrew E. Busch. December 2003.
PROBLEM IN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATIONS. Washington, DC: Brookings
Dante J. Scala. December 2003. STORMY WEATHER:
Hampshire Primary and Presidential Politics. New York: Palgrave
Sen. Tom Daschle with Michael D'Orso. November
LIKE NO OTHER TIME: The 107th Congress and the Two Years That Changed
Forever. New York: Crown
Overview: From and On the Candidates
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)'s memoir, A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America, was published by Viking Press on October 27, 2003. In addition, Kerry has cooperated with historian Douglas Brinkley, director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at Metropolitan College of the University of New Orleans, who approached him in the latter part of 2002 about writing a book. Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War was published by William Morrow on January 6, 2004. There is also a film on the experiences of Kerry and his crewmates; "Brothers In Arms" was directed by Paul Alexander and produced by the Gordon Motion Picture Company. Earlier Kerry authored The New War: The Web of Crime That Threatens America (Simon & Schuster, 1997).
On April 3, 2003, Simon & Schuster announced it had reached agreement with Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT) to publish a trade paperback book "about his life, his political accomplishments and his vision for America in the future." Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly handled negotiations. Winning Back America was published December 2003. Howard Dean: A Citizen's Guide to the Man Who Would Be President (Steerforth Press, November 1, 2003) provides a comprehensive overview of Dean's life and career in the form of writings by Vermont reporters edited by Dirk Van Susteren, magazine editor for the Herald and Times Argus.
On August 30, 2002, Simon & Schuster announced that Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) signed to write a book "that will focus on the lessons learned during his distinguished legal career," to be published in hardcover at the end of 2003. Four Trials was published in December 2003. Edwards wrote the book with John Auchard. Proceeds will go to the Wade Edwards Foundation, named for the Edwards' son Wade, who died at age 16 in April 1996. The Foundation runs the Wade Edwards Learning Lab in Raleigh and another facility in Goldsboro.
Gen. Wesley K. Clark, was a late entrant into the race but he had a book ready to hit the shelves. Winning Modern Wars: Iraq, Terrorism, and the American Empire (Public Affairs, October 2003), follows up on his earlier Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D-OH) A Prayer for America (Thunder's Mouth Press, November 2003) is a paperback collection of essays and speeches with a forward by Studs Terkel.
The second half of the 2000 Democratic ticket, Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT), joined up with wife Hadassah to write An Amazing Adventure: Joe and Hadassah's Personal Notes on the 2000 Campaign (Simon & Schuster, January 2003). In his speeches in the first half of 2002, Lieberman would sometimes regale audiences with a number of humorous titles he had considered but rejected. Lieberman has written five previous books; his first book, The Power Broker, about the late Democratic chairman John Bailey, appeared in 1966.
The first campaign book of the 2004 cycle came from then exploratory candidate Rev. Al Sharpton, whose manifesto Al on America (Kensington Books), co-written with journalist Karen Hunter, came out in October 2002. This is Sharpton's second book; an autobiography, Go and Tell Pharaoh, co-authored by Anthony Walton, appeared in 1996.
Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO) has no plans to write a book; with Michael Wessel he penned An Even Better Place: America in the 21st Century, published by Public Affairs in June 1999.
They Decided Not to Run
Former potential presidential candidate Sen. Tom Daschle, also has a book coming out. Daschle's book, Like No Other Time, is due to be published by Crown Publishers, part of Random House, in November 2003. Written with co-author Michael D'Orso, the book will tell the inside story of the Senate during the 107th Congress, starting with the 2000 election and covering such highlights as Sen. Jim Jeffords' switch, September 11, the anthrax scare, and the war on terrorism. The book deal was finalized after a four-day auction in summer 2002; proceeds will go to charity. Robert B. Barnett partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Williams & Connolly represented Daschle, who was then Senate Majority Leader and seen as a possible presidential candidate. Senate Republicans helpfully suggested a number possible titles for chapters of Daschle's book. Michael D'Orso has co-authored more than a dozen books on subjects as widely varied as health and fitness and the Galapagos; he came to Daschle's attention as the co-author of former Rep. Carl Elliot (AL) 's autobiography The Cost of Courage (1992) and Rep. John Lewis (GA)'s Walking with the Wind; he also co-authored Sen. Joe Lieberman's In Praise of Public Life (2000).
Al and Tipper Gore teamed up to write Joined at the Heart: The Transformation of the American Family (Henry Holt and Co., Nov. 2002). The book looks at twelve families the Gores have come to know, and, according to spokesman Jano Cabrera, is "peppered with personal anecdotes." Cabrera described the book as "much more accessible" than Gore's previous book, the 1992 bestseller Earth in the Balance, which carried a heavy dose of policy. The Gores also produced a companion photo book The Spirit of Family (Henry Holt and Co., Nov. 2002) containing some 260 photographs by many prominent photographers. Gore worked on the book in an office in Alexandria, Virginia, separate from his political office. The Gores did an early promotional appearance for their books at the BookExpo America trade show in New York on May 5. They kicked off their book tour in New York City on November 12, and did an extensive round of media appearances to promote the book. The media blitz appeared likely to lead to another presidential bid; however, on December 15, Gore announced he would not run. Interestingly another former vice president also chose to write a book on family; Dan Quayle, writing with Diane Medved, Ph.D., authored The American Family: Discovering the Values that Make Us Strong (HarperCollins, 1996).
Overview: Some Early Journalistic
USA Today columnist Walter Shapiro has written a book on the important pre-primary period One Car Caravan: On the Road with the 2004 Democrats Before America Tunes In (PublicAffairs, November 2003).
Several academically-oriented books offering previews of the
are on the market. Michael L. Goldstein has penned Guide to
2004 Presidential Election (CQ
Press, July 2003). William G. Mayer has edited The Making
of the Presidential Candidates 2004 (Rowman & Littlefield
August 2003), following up on two earlier volumes. Another
of Stephen J. Wayne's book The Road to the White House 2004: The
of Presidential Elections has come out (Wadsworth Publishing,
Copyright 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.