Jules Witcover

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Jules Joseph Witcover (born July 16, 1927) is an American journalist, author, and columnist.

Witcover is a veteran newspaperman of 50 years' standing, having written for The Baltimore Sun, the now-defunct Washington Star, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.[1][2] Together with Jack Germond, Witcover co-wrote "Politics Today," a five-day-a-week syndicated column, for over 24 years.

Witcover was born in Union City, New Jersey.[3] He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, author and H.L. Mencken scholar Marion Elizabeth Rodgers.

His most recent works are Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Nixon & Agnew, Public Affairs (2007).[4] and Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption.

In March 2008, his history of campaign finance reform, "The Longest Campaign," appeared on the Center for Public Integrity's The Buying of the President 2008 website.[5]

Witcover assumed the mantle of Theodore H. White, producing the definitive chronicle of the 1976 presidential campaign, Marathon, and then following with books on every contest from 1980 through 1992 (these four co-authored with Jack W. Germond). In the 1990s and 2000s, he became increasingly preoccupied with the mechanics of national campaigns -- authoring works on the Vice Presidency, political consultants and fundraising -- as well as political history and biography.

Books written with Germond[edit]

Blue Smoke & Mirrors: How Reagan Won and Why Carter Lost the Election of 1980, Viking Press (1981)

Wake Us When It's Over: Presidential Politics of 1984, Macmillan (1985)

Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars? The Trivial Pursuit of the Presidency 1988, Warner Books (1989)

Mad As Hell: Revolt at the Ballot Box 1992, Warner Books (1992)

Books written solo[edit]

  • Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption, William Morrow & Company (2010)
  • Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Nixon & Agnew, Public Affairs (2007)
  • The Making of an Ink-Stained Wretch: Half a Century Pounding the Political Beat, Johns Hopkins Press (2005)
  • Party of the People: A History of the Democrats, Random House (2003)
  • No Way to Pick a President: How Money and Hired Guns Have Debased American Elections, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1999)
  • The Year the Dream Died: Revisiting 1968 in America, Warner Books (1997)
  • Crapshoot: Rolling the Dice on the Vice Presidency, Crown Publishers (1992)
  • Marathon: The Pursuit of the Presidency 1972-1976, Viking Press (1977), an exhaustive and authoritative work.
  • White Knight: The Rise of Spiro Agnew, Random House (1972)
  • 85 Days: The Last Campaign of Robert Kennedy, Putnam (1969) (A 20th-anniversary edition was printed by Quill in 1988 with a new introduction by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and epilogue by the author)
  • The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power, Smithsonian Books (2014)


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  3. ^ Homer, Shirley (29 October 1989). "ABOUT BOOKS". New York Times. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
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