Books: Biography on the Bias

The classic campaign biography should sound like a chorus of When the Saints Go Marching In. It should present its hero as both liberal and conservative, fearless and cautious, witty and generous, as a model of propriety and sagacity, and a lover (figuratively and respectfully speaking) of American womanhood. In this presidential year, as usual, nearly all of the major candidates are on view.* Some of the portraits present the usual saintly features, while others are outright smears. A few are honest attempts to measure the candidates in more than one dimension.

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