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The Campaign Trail

            "The voters are the people who have spoken - the bastards."
                                                        -- Morris K. Udall

The Political Bookstore presents the best in first-hand accounts from campaigns and elections around the world.  We also feature selections that are written from the inside of the halls of power in Washington and around the nation. 

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Michael Lewis turns his eye to the peculiar method Americans use to choose their president.  Beginning with the 1996 New Hamp- shire primary, Lewis tagged along with players both major and minor.  Keeping his eyes open to the nuances of how campaigns are so carefully managed today, Lewis is able to make some insightful, damning, and often hysterically funny observations.

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Trail Fever
by Michael Lewis

Also by Lewis:
The Money Culture 


Modern political campaigns - and seemingly politics in general--have devolved into a sort of circus, with many sideshow acts vying for the position of ringleader. No election exemplifies this as clearly as the race for the "big top": the White House. Syndicated columnist Roger Simon takes readers behind the scenes of what is surely the greatest political show on earth, exploring the 1996 presidential campaign between the incumbent, Bill Clinton, and the Republican candidate Bob Dole, and touching on other serious primary contenders such as Pat Buchanan, Lamar Alexander, and Steve Forbes. In the vein of such campaign classics as Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 and the more recent Trail Fever by Michael Lewis, Show Time reveals the true nature of those who help--or fail to help--their guy rule the polls.

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Show Time: The American Political Circus and the Race for the White
by Roger Simon

All Politics Is Local : And Other Rules of the Game
by Tip O'Neill

Tip O'Neill--member of the U.S. Congress for 40 years and Speaker of the House for 10 years--was an American institution, known and loved across the country. In All Politics Is Local he shares his secrets. Continuing in the tradition of the bestselling Man of the House O'Neill's initmitable stories and irresistible style show how politics really work.

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As a senatorial aide, presidential speechwriter, and right-hand man to Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, Christopher Matthews has seen it all--now he tells all while revealing the political "hardball" played by some of the great politicians. Matthews is currently Washington Bureau Chief for the San Francisco Examiner.

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by Chris Matthews

Also by Matthews:
Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America

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Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72
by Hunter S. Thompson

Also by Thompson:
Better Than Sex:  Confessions of a Political Junkie 

With the same drug- addled alacrity and jaundiced wit that made Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas a hilarious hit Hunter S. Thompson turns his savage eye and gonzo heart to the repellent and seductive race for President. He deconstructs the 1972 campaigns of idealist George McGovern and political hack Richard Nixon, ending up with a political vision that is eerily prophetic. A classic!

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American History Editor's Recommended Book
The election of 1864, conducted as the Civil War raged, was perhaps the most significant
presidential election ever. Abraham Lincoln, revered by many but also savaged by a partisan press and a contentious Congress, faced an opponent of complex and sometimes puzzling motives,
General George McClellan. It's no exaggeration to say that the outcome of the election would not only influence the outcome of the war, but that it would affect the future direction of the U.S. John C. Waugh's Reelecting Lincoln, which reads like a novel filled with remarkable characters,
provides a lucid narrative of the events.

Reelecting Lincoln: The Battle for the 1864 Presidency
by John C. Waugh

See Also:
Honor's Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln
by Douglas L. Wilson

How to Win a Local Election: A Complete Step-By-Step Guide
by Judge Lawrence Grey

There are approximately 537,000 elective offices. Local elections are held every year. Following a chronology similar to a typical campaign, this book lays out a detailed framework from the moment
the candidate decides to run for elected office. Nothing is certain in politics, but this book will ensure an efficient and effective campaign.


The New York Times Book Review, Robin Toner - Lee Atwater, whose 1988 campaign for George Bush was emblematic of the politics and the era.... Mr Brady [captures] the Atwater personality: his hunger for the limelight, his almost preternatural energy level, his ability to both shamelessly use and utterly inspire the aides around him, his underlying insecurity.... Bad Boy ends up as a very simple tale about the limits of political power.

Bad Boy: The Life
and Politics of Lee Atwater

by John Joseph Brady

All's Fair : Love, War
and Running for President

by James Carville &
Mary Matalin

Now, in the most provocative look at the inside of a national election battle ever published, Matalin and Carville, the chief strategists for the Bush and Clinton pres- idential campaigns, tell their sides of the story, laying bare how poli- ticians and their cohorts really operate--and re- vealing how their romance flourished in the most unlikely cir- cumstances imaginable.


U. S. politicians have always welcomed media which will enhance their public image: receive a strong survey of how media-wise politicians have exploited computer- age media, and how shallow political images are being fostered by new media technology. An excellent survey of changing political climates and approaches.

White House to
Your House: Media and Politics in
Virtual America

by Edwin Diamond

The Power Game: How Washington Works
by Hedrick Smith

In his last big bestseller, Pulitzer Prize-winner Hedrick Smith shed light on the secret of The Russians. This time, he illuminates our own complex, often mysterious way of government. "The most sweeping and impressive portrait of the federal government to appear in many decades." --New York Times Book Review.


In a new third edition, Jamieson expands her authoritative analysis of political advertising, looking at the media campaigns of American presidents from the early days of the re- public to the successful 1992 Clinton campaign, and focusing, appro- priately, on the powerful media campaigns of the post-war period.

Packaging the Presidency
by Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Whatever It Takes: The Real Struggle
for Political Power
in America

by Elizabeth Drew

With her access to back rooms and secret meetings, Drew reveals the strategies conserv- bative groups were willing to use to ensure a 1996 victory in the House, and demon- strates conclusively that the revelation of abuses of the finance laws by the Clinton team cost the Democrats the House.


"Winning Political Campaigns" is a how-to guide that gives you the basics for running for office. Its alphabetical format and checklists make it easy to use, and make running a credible campaign a possibility for you or for any candidate you are working with. Are you satisfied with our government and want to be part of it? Do you think our government is broken and want to change it? Either way, "Winning Political Campaigns" can help you achieve your goal.

Winning Political Campaigns :
A Comprehensive
Guide to Electoral
by William S. Bike

No-Fault Politics : Modern Presidents, the Press, and Reformers
by Eugene McCarthy

Eugene McCarthy might have been president. At the time of the Democratic National Convention in 1968, he actually led Republican Richard Nixon in the polls, as America's rebel youth cut their hair and "got clean for Eugene;" his party, however, chose to nominate Hubert Humphrey, and the rest is history. Since then, the onetime peace activist has become a political gadfly who cannot be easily pegged as liberal or conservative.


There are approximately 537,000 elective offices. Local elections are held every year. Following a chronology similar to a typical campaign, this book lays out a detailed framework from the moment the candidate decides to run for elected office. Nothing is certain in politics, but this book will ensure an efficient and effective campaign.

How to Win a Local Election :
A Complete Step- By-Step Guide

by Lawrence Grey

Going Negative :
How Attack Ads Shrink and Polarize the Electorate

by Stephen Ansolabehere

Political advertising has been called the worst cancer in American society. Ads cost millions, and yet the entire campaign season is now filled with nasty and personal attacks. In this landmark six-year study,  two of the nation's leading political scientists show exactly how cancerous the ad spot has become.

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