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Writing the election

The best coverage of American politics is to be found not in the country's newspapers, but in its books

By Denis MacShane   June 2008

The Race by Richard North Patterson (MacMillan, £16.99) Journals 1952-2000 by Arthur M Schlesinger (Penguin Putnam, £25)

Barack Obama’s victory in the US Democratic primary has been widely covered in the British press. But one of the puzzles of the coverage of the US presidential race in the age of the internet is why British journalists are given so much space in our newspapers. The race is gripping, but as our London-based commentariat pontificate, surely it makes more sense for interested readers to go straight to the source. nytimes.com, Newsweek, as well as Slate, Drudge, Huffington and the campaign sites…

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