The Race by Richard North Patterson is a example of a book that tries too hard to be a topical bestseller. It makes two mistakes.
First, its topic is a Republican running for president in 2008. While this might have been interesting in 2007 when the book was published, in November 2008, the topiv made trivial and trite by the actual election.
Second, the book has so much commentary on politics, much of it is just talking head, no action; philosophical discussions of people and politics. Nothing happens.
It all adds up to b-o-r-i-n-g.
I read a few chapters and put it away.
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