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**The Candidate

Behind John Kerry's Remarkable Run for the White House

by Paul Alexander

Reviewed August 24, 2004.
Riverhead Books (Penguin), New York, 2004.  240 pages.

If you’re someone who hasn’t already decided that you’re definitely going to vote for Bush, then you might think about reading this book.  Although it focuses more on the campaign and how John Kerry won the Democratic nomination than it does on the man himself, you still get a good feel for who the candidate is and what he stands for.

Without being slavishly admiring, the book presents Kerry’s basic background.  We do learn that Vietnam shaped his life, but also some of his accomplishments in the Senate.  The book follows his campaign through its rough beginning to the point where he clinched the Democratic nomination.  Knowing which things bothered Kerry the most or moved him the most give some interesting insights into his character.

Reading a book like this seemed like a better way to inform myself about the candidate than relying on sound bites.  Obviously, it didn’t present a lot of negatives, but it did give me a better idea of what issues Kerry is most interested in and what kind of President he would be.

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