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Presidential Debates: Risky Business on the Campaign Trail

Alan Schroeder


Alan Schroeder’s big-picture history recounts the phenomenon of American televised presidential debates and its evolution over the past half century. From pundits to political operatives, from debate moderators to the viewing public, Presidential Debates reveals how the various stakeholders make and experience this powerful event. For this third edition, Schroeder analyzes the presidential debates of 2008 and 2012 and the crucial role that social media and contemporary news outlets had in shaping their design and reception. He also expands his coverage of previous campaigns, including the land ... More

Keywords: presidential debates, television, Kennedy-Nixon debate, news coverage, moderators

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231170574
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231170574.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Schroeder, author
Northeastern University