July 16, 1927 |
Union City, New Jersey
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. Together with Jack Germond, Witcover co-wrote "Politics Today," a five-day-a-week syndicated column, for over 24 years.
Witcover began working in Washington for Newhouse Newspapers in 1954. He was reportedly steps away from where Robert F. Kennedy was shot in 1968. He was also one of the reporters featured in the 1972 book on campaign journalism, The Boys on the Bus, and eventually came to be seen as a "journalistic institution," according to media critic Howard Kurtz.
His most recent book is The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power. Published in 2014, Kirkus Reviews described the work as a “valuable book of American history.”  Other recent work includes Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Nixon & Agnew, Public Affairs (2007),  and Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption. 
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
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
- The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power, Smithsonian Books (2014)
- 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)
- The Main Change: A Novel, Viking Press (1979)
- 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)
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- Kurtz, Howard (August 23, 2005). / "As Columnist Departs, Little Warmth From the Sun" Check
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- "The American Vice Presidency Kirkus review".
- "Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption Amazon page".
- Appearances on C-SPAN