Saturday, September 19, 2015

Review: What Makes It Worthy

What Makes It Worthy
by David Paul Kuhn


What Makes It Worthy is the personal story of Taylor Solomon and Cait Ellis. Taylor is a rising star at America's fastest-growing political media machine. Cait is a young New York Times reporter who wrestles with the shadow of her legendary mother.

And it is an historic--yet familiar--campaign. The Republican, who hails from one of America's power clans and has long been in the national spotlight, seeks to become the first female president. Her Democratic opponent, a State Department veteran setting the election afire with populism, hopes to make his own history as the first Hispanic president. On the campaign trail, as ethics gray and events envelop politicians, operatives, and reporters--as Cait and Taylor struggle with how much distance must be accepted between their ideals and their choices--the political not only becomes personal, but also threatens to upend their lives, as well as the presidential campaign itself.

Written by well-known political journalist David Paul Kuhn, What Makes It Worthy is "a heartfelt page-turner that proves a good novel can both entertain you and inform you," in the words of former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

The novel is also perhaps the most accurate depiction yet written about how the relationship between the media and the modern presidential campaign shapes American politics.


This book - my gosh- THIS BOOK. If there was ever any curiosity as to what it is to be in a political campaign - this book here will quench some of that. What Makes It Worthy creates an inside look for the reader to observe the life of candidates and reporters while on the campaign trail. It is quite the page-turner and Kuhn does a fantastic job with his character development. I would go as far as to say that reading this book is as close as being a fly to the wall as you can get. 

Typically, I do not read anything having to do with politics. Not for any reason except that I just don't. What Makes It Worthy has enough of everything else (drama, a love story....) to balance the politics for me. With that said, however, the political campaign itself with reporters was in itself a gripping read. 


Read if you like good characters and a story that is gonna draw you in!

About the Author

David Paul Kuhn is a writer and political analyst living in New York City. He is the author of the political novel What Makes It Worthy—an “absorbing novel” that is “all too real” (political strategist James Carville), “captivating” (novelist Matthew Thomas), “a genuinely tender love story” (Kirkus Reviews).

Kuhn has held senior writing positions across the political-media landscape, from Politico to RealClearPolitics to He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Washington Post Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, among other publications, and regularly appears on networks ranging from BBC to Fox News. As the Macmillan Speakers Bureau described him, “David Paul Kuhn is an expert analyst of presidential and gender politics.” He is also the author ofThe Neglected Voter, which General Wes Clark called “a brilliantly insightful analysis of American politics.”

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