Nicholas Balthazar is a veteran political staffer with experience that includes work in Congress, the White House, and on the state level. He has worked side-by-side with several well-known politicians on numerous election campaigns and policy initiatives throughout his career. He lives in Washington, DC.
The Capitol Hill Playbook: A Machiavellian Guide for Young Political Professionalsby Nicholas Balthazar
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In presenting the ideal skills, abilities, and qualities of a successful politico, The Capitol Hill Playbook speaks to today’s generation of staffers like no other book before it. Weaving together Renaissance-era political philosophies and contemporary illustrations, Nicholas Balthazar enlists the help of Niccolò Machiavelli, author of the venerable political treatise The Prince, and Baldassare Castiglione, author of The Book of the Courtier—the authoritative account of Renaissance court life—to demonstrate two models of political life and their applicability today.
Balthazar offers readers a path between these two methods, exploring the mechanics of working for elected officials but also discussing the philosophies behind contemporary political work. The Capitol Hill Playbook answers all the questions a newly hired staffer might want to ask:
Why do politicians run for office?
Why is devotion so important in politics?
Why must a staffer be a good communicator?
Why are friendships such an essential and elusive part of political life?
How do you win a political knife fight?
Why should a political staffer never wear a bow tie to the office?
A provocative and informative read, The Capitol Hill Playbook will be indispensible to any political aspirant and, with an intriguing look back to the Renaissance, reveals how politics today has both changed and remained the same through the centuries.
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So, I liked it. It was what I needed and at the right time. the only thing is, what about women? Understandably this was written from the male perspective but that doesn't mean that you couldn't have included "serving the princess" I get that this is a male dominated business and it goes back for years but choosing to not add in "she" when talking about staffers or "congress-woman" for those who yes, women staffers serve too; I think just piles on that horrible notion that this is a "boys" club and that women aren't allowed. Was that your intention? No, Of course not. I am just saying, i would have given it 11 out of 10 if you would have included the "she's" "her" "congresswoman" and "serving the princess" All in all though - great informative book.