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Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics
Author Joe Klein
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Political novel
Publisher Random House
Publication date January 16, 1996
Media type Hardcover and Paperback
Pages 366 (hc)
ISBN ISBN 0-679-44859-4 (hc)

Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics, a 1996 novel by "Anonymous" (later revealed to be journalist Joe Klein), is a roman à clef inspired by U.S. President Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992. While many characters and events in the novel are based on reality, much of the book is fictional. The book centers on Henry Burton, a campaign aide for southern governor Jack Stanton (thought to represent Bill Clinton). It is thought to be influenced by an earlier roman à clef of American politics, Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men. Primary Colors is a 1998 film starring John Travolta based on the popular book (a success in part fueled by speculation over the identity of the author). ... This article is about colors. ... Joe Klein (born September 7, 1946) is a longtime Washington, D.C. and New York journalist and columnist, perhaps best known for his novel Primary Colors, an anonymously-written roman à clef portraying Bill Clintons first presidential campaign. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // More. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... // Random House is a publishing house based in New York City. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Hardcover books A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth, heavy paper, or sometimes leather). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... ISBN redirects here. ... The year 1996 in literature involved some significant events and new books. ... This article is about the literary concept. ... “Anonymous” redirects here. ... Joe Klein (born September 7, 1946) is a longtime Washington, D.C. and New York journalist and columnist, perhaps best known for his novel Primary Colors, an anonymously-written roman à clef portraying Bill Clintons first presidential campaign. ... A roman à clef or roman à clé (French for novel with a key) is a novel describing real-life events behind a façade of fiction. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Bill Clintons 1992 campaign for President of the United States was a critical turning point for the Democratic Party, which had controlled the White House for only four of the previous twenty-four years. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Robert Penn Warren Robert Penn Warren (April 24, 1905 – September 15, 1989) was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic, and was one of the founders of The New Criticism. ... This article is about the book. ...


There is a sequel of sorts to the novel (also by Joe Klein but not anonymously), The Running Mate, published in 2000.

Contents

Plot summary

Mixed race campaigner and former Congressional worker Henry Burton is asked to join the campaign of Southern governor Jack Stanton for the Presidency. At the start of the campaign things appear to be going well; while there are some quirky individuals on board and agreement on issues is few and far between, the candidate really seems to care and goes out of his way to appear different from the rest of the Democratic field. The terms multiracial, biracial and mixed-race describe people whose ancestors are not of a single race. ...


But the situation begins to cloud with details of Stanton's involvement in an anti-war protest in Chicago and alleged affair with his wife's hairdresser. Seeing his political future slip away and fellow candidates preparing to replace him, Stanton makes a last desperate pitch. He survives and manages to tread water the rest of the way, helped by the mistakes of his adversaries. But campaign manager Burton increasingly feels disillusioned and is also seeing a campaign worker on the side. Matters boil to a head and Burton is forced to choose between idealism and realism.


Fictional characters and real-life inspirations

Picker is believed to based partially on four politicians, by reasons: William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... This is a list of governors of Arkansas. ... REDIRECT Hillary Rodham Clinton   This is a redirect from a title with another method of capitalisation. ... George Robert Stephanopoulos (born February 10, 1961) is an American broadcaster and political adviser. ... James Carville James Carville (born October 25, 1944) is an American political consultant, commentator, media personality and pundit. ... Mario Matthew Cuomo (born June 15, 1932) served as the Governor of New York from 1983 to 1995. ... Andrew Mark Cuomo (born December 6, 1957, in New York City) is the New York State Attorney General, having been elected to that office on November 7, 2006. ... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Largest metro area Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ... Joseph Robert Bob Kerrey (born August 27, 1943) was the Democratic Governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987, and a U.S. Senator from Nebraska (1989–2001). ... Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  Ranked 46th  - Total 9,350 sq mi (24,217 km²)  - Width 68 miles (110 km)  - Length 190 miles (305 km)  - % water 4. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Paul Efthemios Tsongas Paul Efthemios Tsongas (February 14, 1941 – January 18, 1997) was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the United States Democratic Party. ... For the whistleblower, see Gerald W. Brown. ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Largest metro area Greater Milwaukee Area  Ranked 23rd  - Total 65,498 sq mi (169,790 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 17  - Latitude 42° 30′ N to 47° 05′ N  - Longitude 86° 46′ W to... Official language(s) English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Largest metro area Des Moines metropolitan area Area  Ranked 26th  - Total 56,272 sq mi (145,743 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 199 miles (320 km)  - % water 0. ... Thomas Richard Tom Harkin (born November 19, 1939) is a liberal Democratic Senator from Iowa, serving in his fourth senate term. ... For the whistleblower, see Gerald W. Brown. ... Gov. ... Henry Ross Perot (born June 27, 1930) is an American businessman from Texas, who is best known for seeking the office of President of the United States in 1992 and 1996. ... David Norman Dinkins (born July 10, 1927 in Trenton, New Jersey) was the Mayor of New York City from 1990 through 1993, being the first and to date only African American to hold that office. ... Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. ... Richard Andrew Dick Gephardt (born January 31, 1941) is senior counsel at the global law firm DLA Piper and a former prominent American politician of the Democratic Party. ... Thomas Phillip ONeill, Jr. ... Gennifer Flowers (born January 24, 1950) is one of three women who have claimed to have had affairs with U.S. President Bill Clinton. ... Betsey Wright is a nationally respected political adviser who worked more than a decade for Bill Clinton in Arkansas. ...

  • As Brown, he entered the race late to stop favorite
  • His biography is smilliar to Askew's
  • As Perot, he entered race late
  • He was a former drug user, as Hughes an alcoholic

Anonymous

Prior to Klein's confession, writers for Newsweek, The Washington Post, and The New York Times speculated some of the following to be the possible author:

George Robert Stephanopoulos (born February 10, 1961) is an American broadcaster and political adviser. ... Doonesbury is a comic strip by Garry Trudeau, popular in the United States and other parts of the world. ... Garry Trudeau Garretson Beekman Trudeau (born July 21, 1948, in New York City) is an American cartoonist, best known for the Doonesbury comic strip. ... This just IN !!!:paris hiltons new dog. ... Robert Bob M. Shrum (born 1943) is a retired Democratic political consultant best known for his work on a series of losing presidential campaigns (Ted Kennedy in 1980, Alan Cranston in 1984, Dick Gephardt in 1988, Bob Kerrey in 1992, Al Gore in 2000, and John Kerry in 2004), leading... Mandy Grunwald (born c. ... Lisa Grunwald Adler (1959-) is the author of the novels Summer, The Theory of Everything, New Years Eve, and Whatever Makes You Happy, as well as the childrens book Now, Soon, Later. ... Mark Halperin (born 1965) is the ABC News Political Director. ... Sidney Blumenthal was born in Chicago in 1948 and educated at Brandeis University(BA in Sociology in 1969). ...

Related film

The War Room is an American documentary film made in 1993. ...

See also

This is a list of fictional stories in which politics features as an important plot element. ... Primary Colors is a 1998 film starring John Travolta based on the popular book (a success in part fueled by speculation over the identity of the author). ...

External links

  • A Joe Klein interview on Bill Clinton
  • Publication history and critical reactions

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