An elite team from the White House staff travels ahead of the president to arrange campaign appearances, state visits, or international summit meetings. They carry the privilege of being the personal representatives of the president of the United States. They preside over events as mundane as a routine presidential visit, or as significant as a moment that will create history. They are White House advancemen.
November’s Gladiators is the inside story of the raucous teams that produced the celebrated Ronald Reagan presidential campaigns. It captures the grit of the democratic process and the often-hilarious highs and lows that accompany the road warriors as they invade small towns across America.
Every president since Richard Nixon has had an Office of White House Advance to manage presidential appearances. The once black art has become a necessity in the media age. When the demands of a presidential campaign swell the ranks of advancemen, the result is an unruly mix of seasoned pros and party-hearty rookies, swimming with the full tide of history.
The infusion of high enthusiasm and boundless energy often produces magnificent campaign stops. But, inevitably, the learning curve is steep, and some events spiral out of control.
In November’s Gladiators, unforgettable characters wrestle with impossible deadlines, dirty tricks, and logistical nightmares, to create the greatest electoral landslide in American history.