Sunday, February 10, 2013

Who's in Charge Here? 1984

1984, Bantam edition, from later that year
Gerald Gardner
Who's in Charge Here? 1984
Possibly bought newish for $2.95
Worn paperback

This is maybe a shade better than the 1980 version (sort of a C+ 1/2), except that there seems to be more bathroom humor (literally, on the back cover) and some possibly racist jokes.  (It's hard to tell sometimes if the racism is being parodied.)  Ronnie and Nancy are understandably much more prominent than they were four years before, and there are some pics of Charles and Diana.  Mondale is shown as trying to distance himself from Carter.  There's no sign of Ferraro (it was published in July, the same month Mondale announced his choice), but Bush Sr. pops up now and again.  Nixon, Ford, and Teddy Kennedy are still around.  James Watt appears a couple times, in reference to his infamous "a black, a woman, two Jews, and a cripple" remark.  John Glenn evokes his past as an astronaut.  And there's Gary Hart in his pre-sex-scandal election bid.

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