1st Edition

No Way to Pick A President
How Money and Hired Guns Have Debased American Elections

ISBN 9780415930314
Published March 28, 2001 by Routledge
320 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

As the United States marks its first presidential election of a new century, Witcover shows us how professional mercenaries -- with little party loyalty and diminished political principles, driven by an insatiable need for money -- are poisoning public life. At the same time, politicians themselves have condoned and even encouraged these developments, responding to the demands of a media-driven age in which the press corps pursues its own quest for celebrity and financial reward.

Sharp, revealing, and rich with anecdotes, No Way to Pick a President offers a wealth of presidential history, from the role of the vice president's office to campaign funds, television and the electoral college.



Jules Witcover, a nationally syndicated columnist for The Baltimore Sun, has been covering Washington politics for almost half a century. He is the author of ten books, including the best-seller Marathon, about the 1976 Carter/Ford race. He is also the co-author of four works with Jack Germond.


"Praise for the hardcover edition of No Way to Pick a President(0374223033):."
"Provacative.Witcover blasts virtually everyone and everything associated with presidential elections." -- Washington Post Book World
"An angry uncompromising survey of the steady debasement of the political coin." -- David Broder, Washington Post
"Vintage Witcover, which means strong reporting, sharp analysis, and well turned anecdotes, revealing interviews, and an abiding love of the game, warts and all. Witcover is a great political reporter." -- Paul Taylor, The Washington Monthly
"If you're despairing about the country's politics, this volume will provide intellectual ballast to your feelings." -- Matthew Cooper, New York Times Book Review