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Richard Ben Cramer Dies: Iconic Writer
Had an Unerring Ear for Dialogue

Daily Beast, by John Avlon

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/8/2013 5:15:26 AM

News that Richard Ben Cramer died swept through the Twitterverse on Monday night, even before a hint of his passing hit the Internet. It was oddly appropriate, because the cult of Richard Ben Cramer was always first a word-of-mouth initiation, as in: “you’ve got to read this.” Journalists passed his work among them like samizdat, old articles referred to more than read, finally put online after persistent if not widespread demand. He was just that much better than anyone else.(Snip)What It Takes is now regarded as the greatest campaign book ever written,

"What it Takes" is, by far, the best book on politics I have ever read. And I´ve read many.


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