The West Wing Script Book by Aaron Sorkin (2002)
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The exciting follow-up to Newmarket's first West Wing Script Book features 8 teleplays from Seasons 3 and 4 of the hit NBC showwinner of 13 Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series three years in a rowchosen and introduced by award-winning creator Aaron Sorkin. Experience firsthand the care and structure put into the scripts, selected here by Aaron Sorkin, that make The West Wing "one of TV's most satisfying hours, a savvy blend of great acting, whip-smart dialogue and grand gestures." (USA Today)
The West Wing : The Official Companion by Ian Jackman and Paul Ruditis (2002)
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A sample review from Amazon.com: I have seen the "West Wing" books that feature scripts from selected episodes. But this book includes every episode from the first two seasons, told in story form. Plus chapters on each of the actors and their characters, the background on the making of the show -- if you're a fan, this is a "must have". I just hope that there will be, at some point, additional volumes to cover the third, fourth and fifth seasons -- and so on.
A sample review from Amazon.com: The West Wing is an idealized look at how the American presidency should have been; idealized but not flawless. Jed Bartlet has plenty of things to drive anyone close to him around the bend. This book looks at the Emmy award-winning series from a number of perspectives. Anyone interested in American history or the presidency will find this an essential look at a peculiarly American institution. Great Job.
Inside Bartlet's White House: An Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to the West Wing by Keith Topping (2002)
Inside the West Wing takes a detailed look at this hugely popular series: how it's put together, what ideas and political themes drive its plots, and ultimately, why it's so popular. Through in-depth interviews, commentary from political and entertainment-industry observers, plus extensive searches of the numerous official and unofficial show web sites available in cyberspace, the book provides a comprehensive look inside the show for die-hard fans and casual watchers alike. Also included are actor profiles and an episode-by-episode guide to the first two seasons.
Look for an interview with TKTV editor Rachel in this book!
Books about the real West Wing
Buck Up, Suck Up... and Come Back When You Foul Up by James Carville and Paul Begala (2001)
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At first glance, some rules appear blatantly obvious ("Don't Quit," "Turn Weakness into Strength") and some intentionally controversial ("Kiss Ass," "Know How to Recover When You Really Screw Up"). But, in their explanations, the relevancy and potential application of each consistently comes through. For example, in "Frame the Debate," they note how Ronald Reagan controlled the agenda in his 1980 challenge to Jimmy Carter through early attacks on the incumbent's most unpopular policies--showing precisely why "military strategists know that most battles are won ... by the side that determines where, when and how an engagement is fought." Likewise, in "Know How to Communicate," they bring five tips (tell a story, be brief, be emotional, be unique, be relevant) to life by explaining how their use aided campaigns for Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, and others. The result, while perhaps too profane for some and definitely not Republican-friendly despite its grudging acknowledgment of a few masterful GOP performances, is nonetheless uniformly readable and genuinely practical.
The Executive Branch has undergone vast and dramatic changes over the past fifty years. The development, coordination, and articulation of policy is no longer in the Cabinet, but has now become centered in the White House and in its large and energetic staff.
How large is that staff? Much larger than the seventy-five people who work in the West Wing, or the ninety-six who staff the Executive Residence. In fact, there are one hundred twenty-five separately identifiable offices in the total White House staff community (above and beyond the Executive Office)-employing nearly 5,700 men and women. Shrouded in anonymity, protected by executive privilege, and lacking legal or constitutional authority of their own, White House staff members shape, focus, and amplify the presidential power. Yet the public has almost no perception of the staff's complexity or size. Why has the staff become so central-and so large? How is it organized and what do those one hundred twenty-five offices actually do? In this sequel to his critically praised 1988 book, Ring of Power, veteran White House staff member Bradley Patterson takes us inside the closely guarded turf of the White House to reveal the pressures, the frustrations, and the exultation of White House service. In a straightforward narrative free of both partisan and personal agendas, Patterson provides an encyclopedic description of the contemporary White House staff and its operations.
From The West Wing's Musical Director
Music by... W.G. Snuffy Walden