Comments on the previous editions:
“Hess brings not only first-rate credentials, but a cool, dispassionate perspective, an incisive analytical approach, and a willingness to stick his neck out in making judgments….”— American Political Science Review
“This book is a timely and useful launching device for classroom or civic discussions of this important political process.”— Perspective
“In barely over a hundred pages of smooth and easy prose, Hess manages to cover a large number of campaign topics. Refusing to get bogged down in mechanics or trivia, he constantly reverts to the connection between the character of the electoral process and the caliber of the men who flourish in it.”— Polity
November 15, 2015
Stephen Hess is senior fellow emeritus in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and Distinguished Research Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He has been engaged in presidential transitions since he was a young speechwriter in the EisenhowerWhite House. He returned to the White House with President Richard Nixon, helped Jimmy Carter reorganize the Executive Office and advised the presidential transition teams of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and GeorgeW. Bush. His numerous books include Through Their Eyes: Foreign Correspondents in the United States (Brookings, 2005) and Organizing the Presidency (Brookings, 3rd ed in 2002 with James Pfiffner).