"This is an elegantly written book about democracy in America, played out against the drama of politics at the end of the American Century. Sidney Blumenthal is, quite simply, the best interpreter of American politics writing today." -- James Chace
... the first book on American politics in the age of Gorbachev. Spanning the watershed period from the beginning of Ronald Reagan's second term and the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985 to George Bush's first State of the Union address in 1990, and focusing on the 1988 presidential campaign, it brings into high relief the epochal turning point when the old doctrines of the Cold War began to dissolve even as they were being reaffirmed and exploited.
Sidney Blumenthal's book is filled with masterful political portraits of George Bush, Michael Dukakis, Gary Hart, Robert Dole, et al, and fresh interpretations of events such as Gorbachev's rescue of the Republicans and Bush's negative campaign successfully turning the tide.
Los Angeles Times Book Review front page says "The most thought-provoking, forward-looking work on the 1988 campaign."