For a public figure of such long-standing, Bob Dole is a private man at heart. That made photographer P.F. Bentley's task of capturing Dole's intimate side an unusual challenge. Yet within a few days of Bentley's arrival at Dole's Capitol Hill office last January, he was able to win the candidate's confidence. The result is a photographic portfolio, samples of which appear in the following pages, chronicling a 10-month passage from spirited beginnings to a melancholy end.


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