(University of Iowa Press, 2010; 378 pages) ISBN: 9781587299155–Amazon
In the third edition of The Iowa Precinct Caucuses: The Making of a Media Event, Hugh Winebrenner (PhDPolSci’73) and Dennis Goldford give the history of the state’s precinct caucuses since a radical political status change in 1972. The authors argue that the media gives a value to Iowa caucuses that are out of proportion to their true significance as well as a distorted value when compared to the reality of their purpose and procedures. Also, the book highlights the impact that these precinct caucuses have had on political candidates. The third edition has been updated to include the elections of 2000, 2004 and 2008.