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I begin with a bias whenever I read anything written by Joe Klein. I think he's the best political journalist around, and an immensely gifted novelist.

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Now, in RUNNING MATE, Klein takes the reader on an exuberant, wicked and unerringly wise . No observer of contemporary politics has a clearer eye then Joe Klein, or can so effortlessly show the moral complexities that arise when public and private lives intertwine

Now, in RUNNING MATE, Klein takes the reader on an exuberant, wicked and unerringly wise political journey with Senator Charlie Martin, a decorated Veteran of the war in Vietnam. The experience of combat and his easy dominance of home state politics have mad e Charlie fearless. No observer of contemporary politics has a clearer eye then Joe Klein, or can so effortlessly show the moral complexities that arise when public and private lives intertwine. In his superb new novel, he takes one man's attempt to come to terms with the brutality of the modern political arena-and gives us a book that reverberates with truth about the way we govern ourselves.

The Running Mate book. Joe Klein also wrote Primary Colors, which I adored, and this book was also politically driven and enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the lovestory, since I endeavor to be a political wife.

But as Charlie quickly learns, combat is a cakewalk compared with the battles waged by free men in pursuit of glory and power. Now acclaimed journalist and author Joe Klein returns with another brilliant and slyly subversive novel set in the gladiatorial arena he knows so well: politics in modern-day America. senator Charlie Martin is a hot political property, dashing, honorable, irreverent - and a decorated Vietnam veteran.

I begin with a bias whenever I read anything written by Joe Klein.

The running mate : a novel. by. Klein, Joe, 1946-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Now acclaimed journalist and author Joe Klein returns with another brilliant and slyly subversive novel set in the gladiatorial arena he knows so well: politics in modern-day America.

Hailed as "astonishingly powerful" by The New York Times, and "written perfectly" by The Washington.

Hailed as "astonishingly powerful" by The New York Times, and "written perfectly" by The Washington Post, Joe Klein's #1 bestseller, Primary Colors, was the most-talked-about political novel of the past century. Now acclaimed journalist and author Joe Klein returns with another brilliant and slyly subversive novel set in the gladiatorial arena he knows so well: politics in modern-day America. U.S. senator Charlie Martin is a hot political property, dashing, honorable, irreverent -- and a decorated Vietnam veteran. The Running Mate follows this brash hero on a wild, exhilarating ride through the minefields of politics as usual. But as Charlie quickly learns, combat is a cakewalk compared with the battles waged by free men in pursuit of glory and power. For Charlie's political star is beginning to wane ... a bid for the presidency ends in failure ... a young campaign volunteer's father decks him -- in front of the cameras ... a well-kept secret from Charlie's Vietnam days is revealed ... and a woman has entered his life -- one who loves him but is appalled by his life's work. Suddenly Charlie must confront the two greatest challenges of his life -- a political opponent who has no scruples and a dazzling, unconventional woman who may force him to choose between love and politics. Charlie's dilemma is one that has come to haunt contemporary American politics: Is it possible to be a good politician and a good man?From the Trade Paperback edition.

Comments: (7)

Andronrad
I begin with a bias whenever I read anything written by Joe Klein. I think he's the best political journalist around, and an immensely gifted novelist. My bias re-asserts itself in my comment about "The Running Mate": It is a hugely entertaining book, very wise, very sobering, and just beautifully written. I couldn't put it down, and I was sorry that the book ended.
Lemana
this is great for political junkies. Love all of Klein's books. The best part is that it was all true!
Kelerana
I didn't read Primary Colors so this my first experience with JOe Klein. I enjoyed the book. I am not the type of reader who is going to sit here and nit pick things about it. I am not someone who dives into how real a character is or is not. I just know if I liked the book or if I didn't, and this book I liked.
Direbringer
Senator Charles Martin was the Bob Kerry-like figure in Joe (a.k.a. Anonymous) Klein's roman-a-clef "Primary Colors," a decorated Vietnam vet who did not use the Happy Hairdresser to derail Jack Stanton in New Hampshire. In "The Running Mate," Martin is now the main character and while this book is not a sequel per se to "Primary Colors," it does inhabit the same fictional but still recognizable political world. The title of this book is purposefully ambiguous, since it suggests that Martin would be Stanton's choice for the second spot on the ticket, but then the book's prologue has the Senator embroiled in a re-election campaign. Actually the title refers to the book's main subplot, for while their is a political campaign dominating the narrative there is also a romance going on between Martin and Nell Palmerston (The cover art is a simple but elegant extension of "Primary Colors"; there is now a blue donkey behind the first). However, both story lines deal with the brand new world created in the wake of the Stanton/Clinton victory, from the extent to which personal lives are fair game to the way candidates create and respond to negative ads. Readers who pick up this book looking for more Jack Stanton will be disappointed, as he is a very minor character in the narrative. Still, his political reality is not only alive and kicking, but threatening to bring down Charles Martin. Actually, if this book reminds you of any other major political novel, it would really be "The Last Hurrah" rather than "Primary Colors."

Even more so than with "Primary Colors," those who try to find the facts behind the fiction are simply barking up the wrong tree. When Klein wrote "The Running Mate" there were six veterans in the United States Senate who served in Vietnam: Max Cleland, Chuck Hagel, Bob Kerry, John Kerry, John McCain and Chuck Robb. Readers might recognize bits and pieces of Charles Martin's life in what they know about those six Senators, and Klein credits them with being the inspiration for this book, but none of the six match up with the fictional characters even half as well as Bill Clinton did with Jack Stanton. Actually, when I read the book the Senator I kept thinking of was the one from my own state who was defeated last fall by a rich guy who owns a chain of department stores, which certainly matches up with Martin's contest against the Muffler Man. Ultimately, "The Running Mate" looks at the generational conflict between the Baby Boomers who lived through Vietnam and the Sixties rather than the ideological division supposed represented by the two parties (both of which are considerably more moderate than they were a decade ago). There is a sense in which Klein is tracking how the alternative lifestyles that were once accepted, are now being rejected again. Certainly Klein burdens Martin's character with a fair amount of baggage in that regard: his widowed father is living in sin, his girl friend is still married, he has just discovered he fathered a son in Vietnam, and his chauffeur is an ex-drug runner who has found the Lord. His opponent in the Senate campaign, Lee Butler, has been mouthing off on a morning radio talk show for a couple of years and loves to be shown reading his Bible. Clearly there are two well defined sides in this particular campaign.

"The Running Mate" is not a cynical novel about politics, but it is certainly depressingly realistic. A consistent theme is that Martin is an honorable man, which is clearly established as a big disadvantage when it comes to wagging a political campaign in America today. There is a transcendent moment in the novel, when Butler makes the mistake of trying to go for the jugular too soon in a debate between the candidates, and Martin destroys the man in two marvelous paragraphs. This is the sort of scene I have waited for my whole life in the Presidential debates, a moment where one candidate makes the other eat their words before the eyes and ears of the nation. However, in Klein's world as in our own, no good deed goes unpunished. In the final analysis I did not enjoy "The Running Mate" as much as I did "Primary Colors," where half the fun was wondering how much of the story was grounded in fact and how much in fiction. But Klein is making a much more serious point about the current nature of the political process this time around, dealing less with the dominant personality of a flawed but compelling candidate, and more with just how things work. At the end, you might be more inclined to be more disenchanted with the process than the candidates. This book is well worth reading, especially if you are provoked into having deep thoughts.
Painwind
It's about the political life. Sure there is a Republican senatorial candidate who isn't someone you'd like to have a beer with, but there also is a sleazy Democrat president, and a Democrat appointee for the Cabinet who has some very bad habits. Our protagonist, Senator Martin, is running for re-election in a midwestern state. The author shows the forces that constrain the life of a politician. Behavior is political; decisions are political. Our elected representatives are often less than admirable people, but you already know that. Senator Martin considers trips back to "poke the folks" in his home state as equivalent to "paying the bills", a tedious repetitious task that he is quite skilled at.
The story weaves together Martin's political life with his romantic life. Both are often at risk. His election rival is a gentleman who thumps the bible, but is he really that righteous? The fact that he is a Republican should not be upsetting. Remember that all of our recent presidential hopefuls have managed to tell us how religious they are. Author Klein's sanctimonious candidate simply reminds us that Thomas Jefferson and many of his peers felt that religion in politics only serves to demean religion; we are in deep trouble if God needs politicians to be His spokesmen. Yet despite the campaigns managed by Lee Atwater act alikes, we see candidates who do have beliefs, and one of those is that if their opponent wins the country will be severely damaged. Succumbing to the temptations of negative campaigning results from concluding that all is lost if they take the more honorable road.
Yet Klein does show some honorable behavior sandwiched in with the compromises, cover ups, and pat political responses to constituents. Indeed should we be critical of only the politicians? Klein points out that we the voters mercilessly pressure our elected officials to yield to our vested interests. Are we any better than they are when we prod our congressmen to continue the lucrative, job producing defense contract in our district? That defense contract that produces something no one, not even the Pentagon, seems to want?
The book is a good one, the characters interesting, the dialogue often witty.
The Running Mate download epub
Contemporary
Author: Joe Klein
ISBN: 0701169672
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Chatto & Windus (2000)