Hailed as “astonishingly powerful” by the New York Times,
and “written perfectly” by the
Washington Post, Joe Klein’s #1 bestseller, Primary Colors, was
the most-talked-about political novel of the past century. Now acclaimed
journalist and author Joe Klein returns with another brilliant and slyly
subversive novel set in the gladiatorial arena he knows so well: politics in
U.S. senator Charlie Martin is a hot political property, dashing,
honorable, irreverent—and a decorated Vietnam veteran. The Running Mate follows
this brash hero on a wild, exhilarating ride through the minefields of politics
But as Charlie quickly learns, combat is a cakewalk compared
with the battles waged by free men in pursuit of glory and power. For Charlie’s
political star is beginning to wane…a bid for the presidency ends in failure…a
young campaign volunteer’s father decks him—in front of the cameras…a well-kept
secret from Charlie’s Vietnam days is revealed…and a woman has entered his life—one
who loves him but is appalled by his life’s work.
Suddenly Charlie must confront the two greatest challenges
of his life—a political opponent who has no scruples and a dazzling,
unconventional woman who may force him to choose between love and politics.
Charlie’ dilemma is one that has come to haunt contemporary American politics:
Is it possible to be a good politician and a good man? Download and start listening now!