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Presidential Debates

Fifty Years of High-Risk TV

Alan Schroeder

Alan Schroeder's popular history now covers the 2000 Bush-Gore and 2004 Bush-Kerry debates, including innovations in format and press coverage, and adds new research on televised debates since 1960. Schroeder organizes his book according to a television production timeline, highlighting the importance of pre- and postdebate periods, as well as the live telecasts themselves. He describes production in painstaking detail, from the selection of questioners to camera angles, from makeup to lighting and set design.

Televised debates represent a rare departure from well-choreographed campaigns, and new media such as YouTube continue to reshape form and content. Conducting interviews with journalists and industry insiders, and drawing on his own experience as an award-winning reporter and television producer, Schroeder delivers a fascinating backstage tour of every aspect of debate performance.

About the Author

Alan Schroeder, an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University, has written extensively about the relationship between presidential politics and the media. He has also worked as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat.

"Schroeder's 'tour' is a good one, sparked by lively writing and an eye for telling details." — Publishers Weekly

"Alan Schroeder's book gives readers an illuminating and detailed behind-the-scenes look at the debates that have shaped recent American history." — Tim Sampson, Politics (Campaigns & Elections)

"If you are interested in presidential politics and think debates help decide the outcome of elections, this book is essential reading. Inside are fascinating accounts of what has gone on behind the scenes at every debate since Kennedy-Nixon." — Judy Woodruff, senior correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

"Schroeder's book is far and away the best I've ever come across on the history of presidential debates." — Ken Rudin, political editor, National Public Radio

About the Author

Alan Schroeder, an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University, has written extensively about the relationship between presidential politics and the media. He has also worked as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Preproduction
Chapter One: The Predebate Debate
Chapter Two: Strategy and Preparation
Chapter Three: Predebate News Coverage
Part II: Production
Chapter Four: The Debaters
Chapter Five: The Questioners
Chapter Six: The Productions
Part III: Postproduction
Chapter Seven: Postdebate News Coverage
Chapter Eight: The Audience

Conclusion: The Future of Presidential Debates
Notes
References
Schedule of Televised Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates: 1960-1996
Index

About the Author

Alan Schroeder, an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University, has written extensively about the relationship between presidential politics and the media. He has also worked as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat.

About the Author

Alan Schroeder, an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University, has written extensively about the relationship between presidential politics and the media. He has also worked as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat.

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About the Author

Alan Schroeder, an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University, has written extensively about the relationship between presidential politics and the media. He has also worked as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat.

About the Author

Alan Schroeder, an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University, has written extensively about the relationship between presidential politics and the media. He has also worked as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat.