Noted campaign scholars James W. Ceaser, Andrew E. Busch, and John J. Pitney Jr. take readers along on the longest, most expensive, and in many ways most dramatic presidential campaign in American history. Drawing on their extensive knowledge of political history and deep resources of current political science, the authors capture the astonishing twists of fate, uncanny detours, and remarkable surprises that made the 2008 election truly historic. With President George W. Bush's approval ratings at record lows, the 2008 election was a contest that Democrats were predicted to win. And with Barack Obama's victory over John McCain, they did. But it was the highly unlikely journey to this likely destination that set this presidential election apart from others. As they have every four years since 1992, James W. Ceaser and Andrew E. Busch once again provide the most comprehensive and authoritative account of the presidential election. Joined on this book by John J. Pitney Jr., the authors chronicle the epic journey-culminating in the election of the first African American president-of a group of extraordinary candidates and a nation. Epic Journey Authors' Blog: www.epicjourney2008.com
James W. Ceaser is professor of politics at the University of Virginia. Andrew E. Busch is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. Together they have written Red Over Blue: The 2004 Elections and American Politics, The Perfect Tie: The True Story of the 2000 Election, Losing to Win: The 1996 Elections and American Politics, and Upside Down and Inside Out: The 1992 Elections and American Politics. John J. Pitney Jr. is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.
Prologue Chapter One: The Scope and Meaning of the Democratic Victory Chapter Two: George W. Bush: The Other Candidate Chapter Three: The Republican Nomination Contest Chapter Four: The Democratic Nomination Contest Chapter Five: The General Election Chapter Six: Congressional and State Elections Chapter Seven: Conclusion: The Future of American Politics and Institutions Epilogue