Getting to Know Joe

A thousand-page book analyzing the 1988 presidental campaigns and the candidates, published in 1992, went to #8 on the Amazon bestseller list over the weekend.


Because Joe Biden was one of those candidates and news sources are turning to the book to find out more about him. looks at the literature on Biden in a piece called “Biden for Dummies” and advises,

Go to Amazon right now and place a rush order for Richard Ben Cramer’s What It Takes for a vivid depiction of Biden’s 1988 campaign, which is when Biden first sprang to national attention.

Another Politico writer suggests a faster method; just use Amazon’s “Search Inside” feature to read the book’s sections on Biden.

The book is not owned by any of the libraries I checked.

Biden’s own book, Promises to Keep, published last year, rose to #27 over the weekend. It is owned by all the libraries I checked; most have comfortable holds to copy ratios.

What It Takes: The Way to the White House
by Richard Ben Cramer

  • Paperback: $24.00
  • Publisher: Vintage (June 1, 1993)
  • ISBN-10: 0679746498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679746492


Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics
by Joe Biden
  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Random House (July 31, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1400065364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400065363

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