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As Barack Obama finally clinches the Democratic nomination for president, Labour MP Denis MacShane argues that some of the most insightful coverage of American politics can be found in fiction. According to MacShane, The Race, by thriller writer Richard North Patterson, is the best book on the US political scene since Joe Klein’s Primary Colors. Although the novel is not quite a roman à cléf, its hero, Corey Grace, owes much to John McCain—Grace fought in the first Gulf war, when he was captured and tortured, and is now a senator seeking the Republican nomination. MacShane also recommends Arthur Schlesinger’s…

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