Informed by multiple in-depth interviews with insiders who have worked in the Oval Office, on national campaigns, on Capitol Hill, and for super PACS, Brunt offers an incisive, nuanced portrait of ambition, power, and what it takes to win in the ruthless world of politics today.

The Means

Part Primary Colors, part All The King’s Men, The Means follows two complicated presidential candidates—and the equally ambitious rising-star journalist who is learning what it takes to get the story right.

Tom Pauley is a respected trial attorney in Durham, North Carolina, who is tapped by GOP leaders to campaign for the governor’s mansion. His bold style makes him a favorite for a run at the White House.

Mitchell Mason, the president-elect of the United States, has finally surpassed his father’s distinguished achievements. Mason carries out his administration with a personal touch that creates both friends and enemies.

Samantha Davis is a lawyer turned journalist, working her way up from the bottom in another cutthroat industry. As determined as she is brilliant, her dogged pursuit of a decade-old story threatens to trigger a scandal that could change the race for the White House.

Informed by multiple in-depth interviews with insiders who have worked in the Oval Office, on national campaigns, on Capitol Hill, and for super PACS, Brunt offers an incisive, nuanced portrait of ambition, power, and what it takes to win in the ruthless world of politics today.

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Praise for The Means

“The novel [The Means] presents a well-researched portrait of the incestuous relationships between the media and Beltway power players … that makes Heilemann and Halperin’s nonfiction Game Change look sedate by comparison.”
–Kirkus Reviews

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Informed by multiple in-depth interviews with insiders who have worked in the Oval Office, on national campaigns, on Capitol Hill, and for super PACS, Brunt offers an incisive, nuanced portrait of ambition, power, and what it takes to win in the ruthless world of politics today.

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The Means by Douglas Brunt

Part Primary Colors, part All The King’s Men, The Means follows two complicated presidential candidates—and the equally ambitious rising-star journalist who is learning what it takes to get the story right. Tom Pauley is a respected trial attorney in Durham, North...

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Praise for The Means from Nelson DeMille

“I love this book. With great insights to the political process and human nature, The Means takes you into the backrooms and bedrooms of an anything-goes presidential campaign. If Doug Brunt wasn’t a great novelist, he should be a campaign manager. This is a taut,...

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