Picks and Pans Review: Great Political Wit

updated 09/28/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/28/1998 01:00AM

Laughing (Almost) All the Way to the White House
by Bob Dole

You hardly know whether to laugh or cry about the Presidency these days. Dole—yep, that same long-faced Kansan who had you yawning through the '96 run for the White House—chooses the former. "Losing an election," he points out, "does not have to mean losing your sense of humor." This Bartlett's of Washington humor blends his witty words with those by and about other 20th-century pols. Surprisingly, the former Republican senator proves nonpartisan, with practically equal measures from Reagan and Kennedy. "It's a great country, where anybody can grow up to be President...except me," the late Sen. Barry Goldwater once said. Quips Dole: "I know how he feels." (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $16.95)

Bottom Line: White House joke book gets our vote

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