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Discovering What Drives a Person to Run for President

Journalist Richard Ben Cramer won a Pulitzer Prize for The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1979. His new book, "What it Takes: the way to the White House," explores the lives of the candidates who ran for president in 1988, and tries to discover what made them think they could lead the United States.


Other segments from the episode on July 1, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 1, 1992: Interview with John Updike and Geoffrey Stokes; Interview with Richard Ben Cramer; Review of the film "A League of Their Own."


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