Presidential Campaigns

Presidential Campaigns

by Paul F. Boller, Jr.
     
 

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Presidential Campaigns, an enlightening and endlessly entertaining history of American presidential elections, brings each campaign, from Washington to Reagan, vividly to life. Boller chronicles the frenzy and frolic spawned by campaigns—the songs, slogans, rallies, leaflets, parades, and hyperbolic oratory—and also gives an account of the serious side of

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Presidential Campaigns, an enlightening and endlessly entertaining history of American presidential elections, brings each campaign, from Washington to Reagan, vividly to life. Boller chronicles the frenzy and frolic spawned by campaigns—the songs, slogans, rallies, leaflets, parades, and hyperbolic oratory—and also gives an account of the serious side of elections—the great public debates on race relations, economic policy and the candidates' stands on the vital issues of the day.
Above all, Boller makes clear that, despite their shortcomings, presidential campaigns are an inseparable part of democratic politics in the United States. These quadrennial showdowns have alternately perplexed, pleased and fascinated the American people, teaching us much about the character of our nation.

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The publishers get a gold star for their timing in offering this revised historical account of US campaign high jinks from Washington in 1789 to Clinton in 1992. If Bob Dole appears to be slinging some mud this election year, it's nothing in comparison with the invectives thrown at candidates during the 19th century. (Would Dole dare to call Clinton a "carbuncle-faced old drunkard"?) Boller (history, Texas Christian U.) enlivens historical fact by uncovering the anecdotes and media responses which make American politics worth watching for our comedians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
*Praise for the first edition:

"For anyone seeking a lively resource book on America's quadrennial spectacle, Presidential Campaign is happily present."—The Washington Post

"An excellent handbook for the campaign junkie."—The Wall Street Journal

"[Boller] has a good eye for the offbeat and the ludicrous, and he spins the anecdotes together with the skill of the old-fashioned Yankee yarn master."—The New York Times Book Review

"Boller has a wonderful knack for extracting the color and drama from political events....Simply an entertaining survey containing a barrelful of interesting historical tidbits, well worth the reading."—Business Week

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195037227
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/17/1985
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

About the Author: Paul F. Boller Jr., is Emeritus Professor of History at Texas Christian University. His previous books include the best-selling Presidential Anecdotes and Quotesmanship.

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