The ex-Secretary of State is a wit and scholar with high liberal principles, beloved of the eggheads and suspected by practical politicians. Candidate Cantwell is a ruthless, hard-driving dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of ambitions. And then there is the ex-President, who loves politics for their own sake, admires a rough-and-tumble battler more than a chivalrous one, and is determined to have the final say in the selection of the party's candidate. All of this provides the framework for vivid and riveting scenes contrasting the minds, emotions and fighting spirits of two political candidates in the challenging world of national politics.
--The New York Times