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Front Row Seat at the
Circus: One Journalist’s Journey
through Two Presidential Elections

by Jim Heath


Jim Heath, a two time Emmy award winner for his political reporting and recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, has been in and around the circus most of his life. A native Ohioan, Heath learned—and this is no lie—the names of the presidents before his alphabet! In Front Row Seat at the Circus, Heath combines his unique, lifelong love for presidential history to his hard hitting—and often amusing—critique of the news media and the candidates and campaigns he’s covered.

Do you wonder why the state of Ohio is always where presidential candidates, and their surrogates, spend the most time and money? Have you ever wondered who is most responsible for flipping the once solidly Democratic south in presidential elections to the Republicans? Is the media really biased? If so, is it bent really to the left, or is that just a red herring? What are three words most dreaded by live television reporters, and what does Senator Fritz Hollings have to do with it?

Who else has asked Hillary Clinton what she would do with Bill if she’s elected president? Who asked Mitt Romney such a provocative question about contraception it made instant national news? Who knew before the tabloids John and Elizabeth Edwards were on the outs? Who upset Barack Obama so much he ended an interview with a one-word answer?

Jim Heath, that’s who! He’s become one of the most recognized political reporters in the country. The stories he shares with us don’t read like an ordinary text book. This is a personal story with behind-the-scenes access to the politicians who want to run our country and the news business that can make or break them!

Over the last two presidential elections, Heath has interviewed Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Ron Paul, John and Elizabeth Edwards, Colin Powell, Mike Huckabee, Joe Biden, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Jesse Jackson, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Fritz Hollings, Paul Ryan, John Kasich and many more. In the pages of this book, Heath shares stories about them all.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to cover presidential elections and have access to the candidates who want to lead the free world? This is your ticket to a Front Row Seat at the Circus!


ISBN: 978-1-63177-332-7

Distribution in USA and Canada
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