The Presidential DebatesRead about another book on the list.
by Alan Schroeder
Alan Schroeder's comprehensive chronicle of televised presidential debates draws on his own experience as a reporter and television producer. Live debates are often departures from carefully choreographed campaigns, and the author surveys every aspect of the process from pre-debate prep to post-debate damage control, from camera angles to set design. Along the way he draws readers' attention to changes in format (for example, allowing candidates to sit together at a table as opposed to stand at separate podiums) that have fundamentally altered how the contenders are viewed by the American electorate.