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Primary Colors opens with a quote be Machiavelli Men as a wholejudge more with their eyes than with their hands This is a great statementthat sums up a good deal about Jack Stanton the presidential candidate thatthis book follows The handshake is the threshold act of politics and JackStanton knows it He loves to go out meet the people and shake hands withthem When he lost the New Hampshire primary he was not upset at all Alarge number of voters on leaving the polls said the deciding factor was thatthey had met Stanton Unfortunately though the people began to judgeStanton by what they had read in the papers If the voters had judged JackStanton with their hands a handshake instead of their eyes he would haveeasily become President because everyone that met him loved himThe book is told through the eyes of Henry Burton He is a young welleducated and brilliant political strategist who formally served as aCongressional aide He is also well know for being the grandson of abeloved Martian Luther King like figure of the civil rights era Burton hadresigned as a Congressional aide because he longed to work for someone hecould believe in He is consistently searching to rise above cynicism andmake a positive and lasting political and social contribution He reluctantlyserves as the campaign manager for unknown southern Governor JackStanton Susan Stanton convinces Burton that the fight will be uphill butworth it Throughout the Presidential race Burton flip-flops betweenenthusiasm and disillusionment Each time Burtons faith in Stanton wastested it was soon renewed when he saw the way Stanton could mesmerizeJack Stanton does have his faults but he does seem to be the personthat Burton and other Americans can believe in He is sincerely dedicated tomaking American lives just a little bit better and he truly feels everyonespain So what if he is a womanizer and has more skeletons in his closet thenhis staffers dare find out about And so Burton and
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