Monday, October 5, 2015

REVIEW: What Makes It Worthy

What Makes It Worthy
By: David Paul Kuhn

Genre: Political Thriller
Publisher: CLM
Publication date: 7.21.2015
Pages: 377

Recommended by: Sage's Blog Tours, Read 2 Review
Date read: 10.4.2015

This book was just ... wow!!  Yup, one of those - where your brain just can't even function when it's all over.  I've spent all day trying to recover from the story just so I could write up this review, and even now, I still can't get my thoughts in order enough to be coherent. 

The story is basically a look into politics and how much of a hand the media has in it, not just of it's own doing, but the way it's used by people in each party - and outside influences - to make things more "tabloid."  The story revolves around Taylor and Cait, both members of the media, just in different forms.

The writing is eloquent and moving, and I love how he expresses events that are fast-paced - the party at the beginning of the book, I mean, I felt like I was there.  I wish more writers had this ability.  I also really like his characterization - each person feels so real, no matter what level they are on, and are written in such a way that you feel like you know them; the whole thing feels like you are part of the story itself, the emotions, the stress.  

This is an incredible story, one that is definitely on my top favorites of the year.  Anyone who is interested in politics and how it works, who gets frustrated by the media and the way they look at, pinpoint or ignore important things, should definitely give this book a read.  The whole story is reminiscent of what is going on now, and what has been going on for the past couple of presidency runs, and it's just really good.  It was so hard to put this down.

I enjoyed all of the characters, but Erin, Cait's mother, was my absolute favorite.  She's amazing and I wish I had been able to learn more about her.

About the book:
What Makes It Worthy is the personal story of Taylor Solomon and Cait Ellis.  Taylor is a rising star at America's fast-growing political media machine.  Cait is a young New York Times reporter who wrestles with the shadow of her legendary mother.
            And it is an historic - yet familiar - campaign.  The Republican, who hails from one of America's power clans and has long been in the national spotlight, seeks to become the first female president.  Her Democratic opponent, a State Department veteran setting the election afire with populism, hopes to make his own story as the first Hispanic president.  On the campaign trail, as ethics gray and events envelop politicians, operatives and reporters - as Cait and Taylor struggle with how much distance must be accepted between their ideals and their choices - the political not only become personal, but also threatens to upend their lives, as well as the presidential campaign itself.
            Written by well-known political journalist David Paul Kuhn, What Makes It Worthy is "a heartfelt page-turner that proves a good novel can both entertain you and inform you," in the words of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
            The novel is also perhaps the most accurate depiction yet written about how the relationship between the media and the modern presidential campaign shapes American politics.

About the author:
David Paul Kuhn is a writer and political analyst living in New York City.  He is the author of the political novel What Makes It Worthy - an "absorbing novel" that is "all too real" (political strategist James Carville), "captivating" (novelist Matthew Thomas), "a genuinely tender love story" (Kirkus Reviews).
            Kuhn has held senior writing positions across the political-media landscape, from Politico to RealClearPolitics to  He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Washington Post Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, among other publications, and regularly appears on networks ranging from BBC to Fox News.  As the Macmillan Speaker Bureau described him, "David Paul Kuhn is an expert analyst of presidential and gender politics."  He is also the author of The Neglected Voter, which General Wes Clark called "a brilliantly insightful analysis of American politics."

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