Introduction: The First Presidential DebatePart I. Anticipation1. The Predebate Debate2. Predebate Strategy3. Candidate Preparation4. Predebate News CoveragePart II. Execution5. The Debaters6. The Questioners7. The ProductionsPart III. Reaction8. Social Media and Real-Time Reactions9. Postdebate News Coverage10. Debates and VotersConclusion: The Globalization of an American TraditionSchedule of Televised Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates, 1960-2012NotesSelected BibliographyIndex
Alan Schroeder is a professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University and has worked as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat. He is the author of Writing and Producing Television News: From Newsroom to Air (2009) and Celebrity-in-Chief: How Show Business Took Over the White House (2004).