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FRONTLINE | Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story | PBS

http://www.pbs.org/frontline/atwater "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story," coming Tuesday, November 11 at 9 pm to PBS (check local listings). Due to rights restrictions, FRONTLINE cannot stream this program in its entirety. However, you can view excerpts from the show on our website: http://to.pbs.org/nSHgbI In the wake of yet another hard-fought and bitter presidential campaign, FRONTLINE presents a spirited and revealing biography of Lee Atwater, the charming, Machiavellian godfather of modern, take-no-prisoners Republican political campaigns. Through eye-opening interviews with Atwater's closest friends and adversaries, the film explores the life of the controversial political operative who mentored Karl Rove and George W. Bush, led the GOP to historic victories, and wrote the party's winning playbook. The story tracks Atwater's rise from his beginnings in South Carolina as a high school election kingmaker all the way to the White House and his subsequent battle with cancer and final search for forgiveness and redemption. To Democrats, Atwater was a political assassin who one Congresswoman dubbed "the most evil man in America," but to Republicans he remains a hero for his deep understanding of the American voter and his unapologetic vision of politics as warfare.
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