The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is presidential debates.
· The Commission on Presidential Debates. This excellent website includes transcripts and video clips of presidential debates from 1960 to the present. http://www.debates.org/
· Carlin, Diana B., and McKinney, Mitchell S., eds. The 1992 Presidential Debates in Focus. Praeger, 1994. A detailed study of one of history's most interesting presidential debate series, with a particular emphasis on audience response.
· Corrado, Anthony. "Background Paper," in Let America Decide. Twentieth Century Fund Press, 1995. A solid, easy-to-understand historical overview of presidential debates.
· Jamieson, Kathleen Hall, and Birdsell, David S. Presidential Debates: The Challenge of Creating an Informed Electorate. Oxford University Press, 1988. An examination of presidential debates as political rhetoric and political theater.
· Kraus, Sidney, ed. The Great Debates: Background, Perspective, Effects. Indiana University Press, 1962. The first major academic study of presidential debates, concentrating on the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon series.
· Schroeder, Alan. Presidential Debates: Forty Years of High-Risk TV. Columbia University Press, 2000. A behind-the-scenes look at presidential debates, with a particular emphasis on how debates function as television productions.
· Bishop, George F., Meadow, Robert G., and Jackson-Beeck, Marilyn, eds. The Presidential Debates: Media, Electoral and Policy Perspectives. Praeger, 1978.
· Bitzer, Lloyd, and Rueter, Theodore. Carter vs. Ford: The Counterfeit Debates of 1976. University of Wisconsin Press, 1980.
· Commager, Henry Steele. "Washington Would Have Lost a TV Debate," New York Times Magazine, 30 October 1960: VI-13, 79-80.
· Drew, Elizabeth. Portrait of an Election: The 1980 Presidential Campaign. Simon and Schuster, 1981.
· Drew, Elizabeth. Campaign Journal: The Political Events of 1983-1984. Macmillan, 1985.
· Drew, Elizabeth. Election Journal: Political Events of 1987-1988. William Morrow, 1989.
· Ferraro, Geraldine. Ferraro: My Story. Bantam, 1985.
· Fouhy, Edward M. "The Debates: A Winning Miniseries," Washington Journalism Review, December 1992: 27-29.
· Friedenberg, Robert V., ed. Rhetorical Studies of National Political Debates, 1960-1992. 2nd ed. Praeger, 1994.
· Germond, Jack, and Jules Witcover. Blue Smoke and Mirrors: How Reagan Won and Why Carter Lost the Election of 1980. Viking Press, 1981.
· Germond, Jack. Wake Us When It's Over: Presidential Politics of 1984. Macmillan, 1985.
· Germond, Jack. Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars? The Trivial Pursuit of the Presidency, 1988. Warner Books, 1989.
· Germond, Jack. Mad as Hell: Revolt at the Ballot Box, 1992. Warner, 1993.
· Greenfield, Jeff. The Real Campaign: How the Media Missed the Story of the 1980 Campaign. Summit Books, 1982.
· Halberstam, David. "President Video," Esquire, June 1976: 94-97, 130-134.
· Hardy-Short, Dayle. "An Insider's View of the Constraints Affecting Geraldine Ferraro's Preparation for the 1984 Vice Presidential Debate," Speaker and Gavel 24 (1986): 8-22.
· Hellweg, Susan A., Pfau, Michael, and Brydon, Steven R. Televised Presidential Debates: Advocacy in Contemporary America. Praeger, 1992.
· Hertsgaard, Mark. On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1988.
· Jackson-Beeck, Marilyn, and Meadow, Robert G. "The triple agenda of presidential debates," Public Opinion Quarterly 5 (1979): 173-180.
· Kraus, Sidney, ed. The Great Debates: Carter vs. Ford, 1976. Indiana University Press, 1979.
· Kraus, Sidney. Televised Presidential Debates and Public Policy. Lawrence Erlbaum, 1988.
· Lanoue, David J., and Schrott, Peter R. The Joint Press Conference: The History, Impact, and Prospects of American Presidential Debates. Greenwood Press, 1991.
· Lemert, James B., Elliott, William R., Bernstein, James M., Rosenberg, William L., and Nestvold, Karl J. News Verdicts, the Debates, and Presidential Campaigns. Praeger, 1991.
· Lehrer, Jim. The Last Debate. Random House, 1995.
· Martel, Myles. Political Campaign Debates: Images, Strategies, and Tactics. Longman, 1983.
· Mazo, Earl, Moos, Malcom, Hoffman, Hallock, and Wheeler, Harvey. The Great Debates. Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, 1962.
· Mickelson, Sig. From Whistle Stop to Sound Bite: Four Decades of Politics and Television. Praeger, 1989.
· Minow, Newton N., and Sloan, Clifford M. For Great Debates: A New Plan for Future Presidential TV Debates. Priority Press, 1987.
· Mitchell, Lee M. With the Nation Watching: Report of the Twentieth Century Fund Task Force. D.C. Heath, 1979.
· Moore, Jonathan, and Fraser, Janet, eds. Campaign for President: The Managers Look at '76. Ballinger, 1977.
· Moore, Jonathan, ed. Campaign for President: The Managers Look At '84. Auburn House, 1986.
· Nixon, Richard M. Six Crises. Doubleday, 1962.
· Quayle, Dan. Standing Firm. HarperCollins, 1994.
· Ranney, Austin, ed. The Past and Future of Presidential Debates. American Enterprise Institute, 1979.
· Reinsch, J. Leonard. Getting Elected: From Radio and Roosevelt to Television and Reagan. Hippocrene Books, 1988.
· Royer, Charles T., ed. Campaign for President: The Managers Look at '92. Hollis Publishing, 1994.
· Runkel, David R., ed. Campaign for President: The Managers Look at '88. Auburn House, 1989.
· Schroeder, Alan. "Watching between the Lines: Presidential Debates as Television," Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics I-4 (1996): 57-75.
· Simon, Roger. Roadshow: In America, Anyone Can Become President, It's One of the Risks We Take. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1990.
· Simon, Roger. Show Time: The American Political Circus and the Race for the White House. New York Times Books, 1998.
· Swerdlow, Joel L. Beyond Debate: A Paper on Televised Presidential Debates. Twentieth Century Fund, 1984.
· Swerdlow, Joel L., ed. Presidential Debates: 1988 and Beyond. Congressional Quarterly, 1987.
· Troy, Gil. See How They Ran: The Changing Role of the Presidential Candidate. Free Press, 1991.
· White, Theodore. The Making of the President 1960. Atheneum, 1961.
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