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Like all political reporters, I'd devoured Timothy Crouse and Hunter S. Thompson and Richard Ben Cramer and David Foster Wallace's Up, Simba! (plus glossary), romanticizing the campaign bus beyond all reason. I imagined Great Men, the “heavies” as Crouse called the top rung on the hierarchy of ...
Her grandfather, James Robinson, was on Ohio's first Supreme Court, according to Richard Ben Cramer's "What It Takes." Her father, Marvin Pierce, was a distant descendant of President Franklin Pierce. George H.W. Bush's father, Prescott Bush, was a U.S. senator from Connecticut. She was a strong ...

“The classics” meant Richard Ben Cramer's “What It Takes,” David Foster Wallace's “Up, Simba!” (plus glossary), Hunter S. Thompson's “Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72” and Timothy Crouse's “The Boys on the Bus.” I mixed in more obscure volumes, like “Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the ...
I remember in particular one afternoon, when I was in the copier room with my editor, Carolyn White, the former wife of Richard Ben Cramer, and another great journalist, Christopher Dickey. Dickey was also a Washington Post staffer. His father was James Dickey, the former US poet laureate and author of ...
Originally published in the October 17, 1977, edition of The Baltimore Sun, this column appears here with permission from the author's estate. I admit it. I'm a Yankee fan, always have been. It wasn't my fault, really… you see, my grandfather… Error loading player: No playable sources found. Well, enough ...

RICHARD BEN CRAMER WAS THE WRITER'S WRITER: A LARGER-THAN-LIFE REPORTER WHO COULD CRACK ANY SUBJECT. (HE FIGURED OUT JOE BIDEN AND TEDDY BALLGAME, FOR GOD'S SAKE.) AND THEN HE TOOK ON ALEX RODRIGUEZ, WHO STUMPED THE AUTHOR EVEN ...
There's no easy answer to that question, but in his book What It Takes, the late Richard Ben Cramer came closer to finding out than just about anybody before or since. Cramer followed the Republican and Democratic candidates for the presidency in 1988, and chronicled what it was like for politicians to run ...

New Hampshire presidential primary (or any other bar, for that matter). But not reporter Richard Ben Cramer, the author of a truly groundbreaking book on American politics, "What It Takes," still fresh after more than 20 years. Cramer took familiarity to an intense new level, parking himself in the kitchens and ...
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A labor of six years and 1,047 pages, the book, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer, appeared in 1992 to mixed reviews. Subtitled “The Way to the White House,” it was an intimate, deeply reported chronicle of the 1988 presidential race. Mr. Cramer, who died on Monday at 62 from ...
Subscribe to The Atlantic's Politics & Policy Daily, a roundup of ideas and events in American politics. Legendary political journalist Richard Ben Cramer has passed away. In July 1992, at the age of 42, he sat down with Brian Lamb of C-SPAN for Booknotes to discuss how he wrote his then just-published ...
Richard Ben Cramer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of “What It Takes,” a prodigious account of the 1988 presidential election that has been widely hailed as among the finest books about American politics ever written, died on Monday night in Baltimore . He was 62. His daughter, Ruby ...
For anyone inspired to read more, try Richard Ben Cramer's classic political book, “What It Takes.” That was then. “All the evidence we find is that, as a political issue, it is falling flat, influencing very few votes, if any.” So said NBC's David Brinkley on the air in 1972, referring to the story known as Watergate.


 

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