Book Hunters in Brief #135: On the Campaign Trail

For the life of me, I cannot figure out why anyone would want to be president. Sure, even if you do a lousy job (maybe especially if you do a lousy job) you get your picture in the history books.

Still, If you think about it, it's really just a glorified temp job and the whole country is your janus-headed supervisor.

You say, "But you get to be leader of the free world!" I say "leader" is probably too strong a term. At best you're a cat-herder and half of the cats aren't going to do what you say no matter what just because you vote blue and they vote red or vice versa.

Who needs that kind of aggravation?

This week, Book Hunters offers some great reads to get you psyched up about the democratic process!

Primary politics : Everything You Need to Know About How America Nominates its Presidential Candidates by Elaine C. Kamarck.

Game change : Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

A Magnificent Catastrophe: the Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign by Edward J. Larson

Pleasantville by Attica Locke

You say, no thanks? Fine by us. Just visit Book Hunters, tell us what you like and don't like to read and we'll whip up a reading list just for you.