John Dickerson tells Monitor contributor Erik Spanberg that he wondered: 'What were the norms and standards that existed for previous [presidential] campaigns?' He looked to history and found that 'it was just so much fun, these stories you come across.'
My guilty secret: Even though my life is largely devoted to books, somehow I only managed to read one book for pleasure this summer.
The candidates and the issues they confronted in 1940 have some surprising similarities to the candidates and issues of 2016. But the differences are at least as stark.