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Written in 2013, it seems prescient, with mentions of Trump and Ross Perot. Breezy and entertaining, Farris never gets bogged down in details, yet he hits the highlights. The narrator doesn't know how to pronounce such words as bon mots and realpolitik, but is good otherwise.
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By focusing on a few select figures, the author keeps things moving and avoids lapses into dry narrative. Lots of anecdotes and facts thrown in that highlight the colourful and sometimes great men who through bad luck or bad timing never did achieve the big one. As one of the men profiled said in his concession speech, "I love America, a place where anyone can grow up to be president, except me."