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Front Runner by Rob Allyn
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Front Runner (1990)

by Rob Allyn

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Politics are almost as exciting as war, and quite ad dangerous. In war, you can be killed only once, but in politics many times.

Winston Churchill
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For Monica
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The candidate was dying.
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Front Runner is the story of a boyhood feud that haunts the lives of two men and those around them, the tale of a college date-rape and its smoldering aftermath, the rise and fall and rise again of two desperately ambitious Texans: one a brutal, ruthless outsider who will stop at nothing; the other a privileged insider who learns to pay the cruel, hard price of power. 

Andrew Sebastian and James Brackler are adversaries in the inimitable games of life and politics. Prototypes of the men who run our nation, they are caught on the political merry-go-round where they quickly discover that illegal influence, drugs and illicit sex are all part of the fast game that has overtaken their lives, leaving supporters, voters and even thier families in its wake. For Andrew, the challenge is in overcoming his own gentle cowardice, facing scandal and ruin and finding the courage to mount a long-shot comeback in the rough-and-tumble of Texas politics. His nemesis, "Big Jim" Brackler, bootstraps his way out of poverty and a bitterly broken home, makes himself over into a new man, and plays to win - always.
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