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How to Get Elected: An Anecdotal History of Mud-Slinging, Red-Baiting, Vote-Stealing, and Dirty Tricks in American Politics

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The candidate, a southern Democrat with wide popular appeal, is engaged in a bitter struggle for the presidency with a flinty, no-nonsense Massachusetts man. Suddenly, his campaign is buffeted by rumors of extramarital affairs. Vicious editorial cartoons and juicy headlines appear in the newspapers, and his opponent's supporters begin questioning his moral fitness for the presidency. The year: 1800. The candidate: Thomas Jefferson. How to Get Elected happily dissects that most reviled of God's creatures--the ...
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The candidate, a southern Democrat with wide popular appeal, is engaged in a bitter struggle for the presidency with a flinty, no-nonsense Massachusetts man. Suddenly, his campaign is buffeted by rumors of extramarital affairs. Vicious editorial cartoons and juicy headlines appear in the newspapers, and his opponent's supporters begin questioning his moral fitness for the presidency. The year: 1800. The candidate: Thomas Jefferson. How to Get Elected happily dissects that most reviled of God's creatures--the American politician. Jack Mitchell cheerfully recounts hundreds of stories of slimy, rotten, brutal, and nasty campaigns from before the founding of the Republic to the present day. While legendary political rogues like Boss Tweed, Huey Long, and Richard Nixon are given their due, Mitchell is careful not to neglect the more underhanded maneuvers of some revered statesmen with names like Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. For all those who bemoan the woeful state of American political campaigns today, their lack of substance, their malicious demagoguery, their relentless negativity and contempt for the truth, this book is a healthy reminder that things have always been this bad. How to Get Elected is a delightfully cynical tour of American elections from George Washington to George Bush that demonstrates no slander is too vile, no lie too outrageous, no trick too devious in pursuit of victory at the polls.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Starting with George Washington and other Founding Fathers, this juicy collection of political iniquities by CNN reporter Mitchell demonstrates that no politicians, nor their families--nor even presidential dogs, like FDR's Fala--were spared vicious or unproven allegations of private or public misbehavior at the hands of opponents and a formerly unbridled, libel-free press. (Lincoln, for example, was called ``Ape'' and an ``ass.'') Just as New York's corrupt Tammany Hall and the Chicago party machine of Mayor Richard Daley controlled their respective cities' politics, so FBI czar Hoover and Reagan campaign manager William Casey employed any means, the author argues, to serve their White House bosses. In the political arena, Mitchell shows, dirty tricks are the staff of life. Illustrations not seen by PW. (July)
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It's frustrating when the title of a book grabs your interest only to have the book itself let you down. Mitchell, an investigative reporter for CNN, has chosen a fascinating topic for an election year. People have always been entranced and repulsed by dirty politics, and an informative, historical evaluation would have been welcome. Instead, Mitchell has opted for anecdotes, providing a few sentences at the least to a page at the most, to describe each event. The book is divided into types of dirty politics: slander and lies, dirty tricks, bribery and blackmail, backroom politics, candidates' self-destruction, and so forth. Everyone from George Washington to George Bush is covered, as are many state and local campaigns. While the events described are interesting, Mitchell gives no historical context and no evaluative follow-up. Reading this book is like reading a joke book; you can open it and start anywhere, but after a while it can get redundant. An optional purchase. Previewed in ``On the Campaign Book Trail,'' LJ 3/15/92, p. 110-12.-- Barbara Keen, Spokane Community Coll. Lib., Wash.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312077945
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 288

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