Buck Up, Suck Up . . . and Come Back When You Foul Up

Buck Up, Suck Up . . . and Come Back When You Foul Up

by James Carville, Paul Begala
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Buck Up, Suck Up... And Come Back When You Foul Up 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Politics is a grass roots, slug-it-out fight with a winner and a loser and no prizes for second place. Every step is a battle because so much is at stake. Authors and veteran political consultants James Carville and Paul Begala, who were notably pivotal on the Clinton campaigns, cleverly explain what makes a winning campaign work and what gets a politician elected. They also present the flip side and honestly explain why campaigns, including some of theirs, fail. The account is made richer by their knowledge of memorable historic elections, their references to using campaign concepts in business management and a few good recipes. Conversational, loose, opinionated and frank, this book is entertaining and instructive, with clear explanations of carefully distilled ideas and plenty of insider war stories. The authors may harbor some warmth for the Democrats, but that doesn¿t tame them as they skewer and critique both parties. We recommend this book to executives and professionals as a fun, extended metaphor on winning that includes some practical rules and sharp storytelling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't care about politics. I got the book from a bookstore in some airport. In fact, at that time I just grabbed whatever book to read during the flight. It turned out I really enjoyed the book, and the book does have 12 winning secrets, whatever your job is. I agree with Tom Peters 'There's real wisdom here--1,000 miles from the usual self-help ****'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carville and Begala may be saying what's been said before, but they do it in a fun and completely politically incorrect way. Their rules are, like they said, not new or different, but just written in a style that humbles a person to be their best and be honest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard Carville speak at a Democratic Convention not too long ago, and I simply had to go out and purchase this book. He simply tells it like it is..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately for those of the liberal mind this represents the worst of what is becoming the norm for the Democratic Party. The book describes the win at all costs, no compromise, preoccupation with the culture of death that will forever be the legacy of the misguided political party lead by these criminals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It¿s great to see political guru¿s that are not just average hacks; these guys even do a Newt salute. I've read the books of political experts from the other side of the isle, and it's plain as day that these guys are on a higher level. After reading the book, even 'righty' will see why Bush Sr. was defeated so badly with these two on the Clinton Team.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Part of my enjoyment is derived from the fact that I have heard James Carville speak so many times, I was able to read the book 'in his voice,' even the parts that Begala must have written. It also didn't hurt that I am a Clinton-Gore supporter/sympathizer and can relate to the philosophies the authors express. This book is not meant to be taken as God's 21st century commandments, but rather as entertainment for political junkies. This one liked it quite a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is nothing here that you cannot find in dozens of pro-forma self-help books ... except for foul language and nihilistic political 'philosophy.' Otherwise, a fair insight into what makes Begala and Carville tick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caution: This book features lots of coarse language. If that sort of thing offends you, skip this book. The two Democratic strategists combine to describe the key elements of how they feel that political candidates (whether Democrats or Republicans, conservatives or liberals) can win elections, and successfully pursue their agendas in office. The general advice is to take the offense, and stay on it, even when on defense. I suspect that most of the points in this book are not new to you. Why read the book, then? Actually, it's main appeal is in the self-deprecating humor the authors use in describing how determined people on both side of the political spectrum verbally wrestle for power. If you are a Republican or a conservative, you probably won't enjoy the book because there's lots of positive things said about the Democratic candidates the authors have assisted. The book also refers to Republicans, especially President Reagan, but much less frequently and approvingly. As examples of the humor, Mr. Carville tells how his mother used to sell encyclopedias to help support the family by looking for men with lots of kids and a bass boat, the book has chicken salad and French toast recipes, and the authors tell about their own personal awkward moments in campaigns. Will you read about the political issues surrounding the most famous White House intern? Oh, yes. Perhaps more than you want to. Why should you want to be in office? I suggest that you have a pretty good reason . . . or you won't want to live like this. The authors leave it up to you as to whether the book applies to other fields. The section on Rule 7: Know How to Communicate was the only section that I thought provided any insights that you might not know already. But that section is quite well done, with vivid examples. If you are like me, your biggest take-away from this book is how effective open, self-deprecating humor is. Help others in all the ways you can! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise