He was the author of the great book about the 1988 presidential election, What It Takes, which I talked about here. A flop when it came out, over the years it has become recognized as a classic of political reporting. Here is a nice appreciation.
What explains the enduring appeal of a book about the run-up to a dispiriting election that featured the awkwardly patrician George Bush versus the awkwardly meritocratic Michael Dukakis? Cramer etched a psychologically revealing account of what it takes to run for president, and he wrote it with such brio, with such humor, that it is a delight to simply savor the words.
It must not have been easy to spend six years of your life creating a masterpiece, and then see it fail. But Cramer must have felt some satisfaction from the recognition he finally received. What It Takes is currently #18 on Amazon in paperback, #156 in the Kindle edition (only $9.99). You should buy it.