TIME: Remembering Richard Ben Cramer
"What It Takes" by Richard Ben Cramer. Published by Vintage, June 1, 1993.
January 8th, 2013
10:31 AM ET
10 years ago

TIME: Remembering Richard Ben Cramer

(TIME) - Richard Ben Cramer, a journalist I knew and admired greatly, has passed away at the age of 62.

He will be remembered among political sorts for his magisterial work about the 1988 presidential campaign, What it Takes. I spent a lot of time with Richard that year, riding the buses, talking about books and politics-especially about the risk v. reward calculus when it came to writing books: “Books will break your heart” became our shared mantra, and What it Takes broke his, under-appreciated by his jealous colleagues and under-read by a public too busy and carefree to digest 1000 pages about one of the more boring political races of the past 60 years.


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  1. CBP

    Thank you for the posting. We all need to find ways to admire people for who they are and the good qualities they bring to any political race.

    January 8, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Phil

    That explain why the Israeli government and some Israeli 70% of the population are so arrogant and don't hesitate a second to betray the US and to put us always in bad situation.

    January 8, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |