Jules Witcover

Jules Witcover
Witcover, Ronald Reagan and Jack Germond in Oval Office in 1981
Born Jules Joseph Witcover
(1927-07-16) July 16, 1927
Union City, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist, author

Jules Joseph Witcover (born July 16, 1927) is an American journalist, author, and columnist.


Witcover is a veteran newspaperman of 50 years' standing, having written for The Baltimore Sun, the now-defunct Washington Star, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.[1] Together with Jack Germond, Witcover co-wrote "Politics Today," a five-day-a-week syndicated column, for over 24 years.

Witcover was born in Union City, New Jersey.[2] Witcover began working in Washington for Newhouse Newspapers in 1954. He was reportedly steps away from where Robert F. Kennedy was shot in 1968. He was also one of the reporters featured in the 1972 book on campaign journalism, The Boys on the Bus, and eventually came to be seen as a "journalistic institution," according to media critic Howard Kurtz.[3]

His most recent book is The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power. Published in 2014, Kirkus Reviews described the work as a “valuable book of American history.” [4] Other work includes Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Nixon & Agnew, Public Affairs (2007),[5] and Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption.[6] In March 2008, his history of campaign finance reform, "The Longest Campaign," appeared on the Center for Public Integrity's The Buying of the President 2008 website.[7]

Books written with Germond

  • Blue Smoke & Mirrors: How Reagan Won and Why Carter Lost the Election of 1980, Viking Press (1981)
  • Wake Us When It's Over: Presidential Politics of 1984, Macmillan (1985)
  • Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars? The Trivial Pursuit of the Presidency 1988, Warner Books (1989)
  • Mad As Hell: Revolt at the Ballot Box 1992, Warner Books (1992)

Books written solo

  • The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power, Smithsonian Books (2014)
  • Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption, William Morrow & Company (2010)
  • Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Nixon & Agnew, Public Affairs (2007)
  • The Making of an Ink-Stained Wretch: Half a Century Pounding the Political Beat, Johns Hopkins Press (2005)
  • Party of the People: A History of the Democrats, Random House (2003)
  • No Way to Pick a President: How Money and Hired Guns Have Debased American Elections, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1999)
  • The Year the Dream Died: Revisiting 1968 in America, Warner Books (1997)
  • Crapshoot: Rolling the Dice on the Vice Presidency, Crown Publishers (1992)
  • The Main Chance: A Novel, Viking Press (1979)
  • Marathon: The Pursuit of the Presidency 1972-1976, Viking Press (1977), an exhaustive and authoritative work.
  • White Knight: The Rise of Spiro Agnew, Random House (1972)
  • The Resurrection of Richard Nixon, Putnam (1970)
  • 85 Days: The Last Campaign of Robert Kennedy, Putnam (1969) (A 20th-anniversary edition was printed by Quill in 1988 with a new introduction by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and epilogue by the author)


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-29.
  2. Homer, Shirley (29 October 1989). "ABOUT BOOKS". New York Times. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  3. Kurtz, Howard (August 23, 2005). / "As Columnist Departs, Little Warmth From the Sun" Check |url= value (help). Washington Post.
  4. "The American Vice Presidency Kirkus review".
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-05-29.
  6. "Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption Amazon page".
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-04-04.

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