Strange Bedfellows: How Television and the Presidential Candidates Changed American Politics, 1992

The year Bill Clinton was elected marked a turning point in politics. The three broadcast television networks lost their hegemony over presidential campaigns. A billionaire announced his candidacy on a cable call-in show. Talk radio became a force. Clinton went on MTV to talk about his underwear. The presidential debates turned to voters rather than journalists for the first time to ask the candidates. The roots of 21st century politics can be found in the pivot moment of the 1992 campaign more than any other. Strange Bedfellows tells the story of that tumultuous year from inside the media and the campaigns, aided with an agreement with ABC News for complete access for the duration of the race inside what was then the dominant news network in America. 

"Fascinating, absorbing eloquent," Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"The best of the books on the 1992 campaign. An intelligent, original and educational critical inquiry," Ronnie Dugger, The New York Times

"Wonderfully entertaining...but also a penetrating peek at the people behind the camera," Ken Auletta

"Wise and iconoclastic...trenchant, breezy...the hot book on [the 1992] campaign. Rosenstiel has set a very high standard," Fred Barnes, The American Spectator

"Rosenstiel's ... searching and occasionally searing criticism of the media in the campaign year is a welcome tonic," Dan Balz, The Washington Monthly

"Entertaining and insightful," Jerry Roberts, San Francisco Chronicle

"If a political book was ever a page-turner, this is it," Charlie Rose