Review | Anything for a Vote by Joseph Cummins

Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns

Title: Anything for a Vote
Author: Joseph Cummins
Genre: Non Fiction, Politics
Publisher: Quirk Books

Publishing date: 27th October, 2015
Pages: 304

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

A History of Mud-Slinging, Character Assassination, And Other Election Strategies
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Today’s political pundits express shock and disappointment when candidates resort to negative campaigning. But history reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. Anything for a Vote is an illustrated look at 200-plus years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. Let the name-calling begin!
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     •Â  1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s clothing: “He is laced up in corsets!”
     •Â  1864: Presidential candidate George McClellan describes his opponent, Abraham Lincoln, as “nothing more than a well-meaning baboon!”
     •Â  1960: Former president Harry Truman advises voters that “if you vote for Richard Nixon, you ought to go to hell!”
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Full of sleazy anecdotes from every presidential election in United States history, Anything for a Vote is a valuable reminder that history does repeat itself, that lessons can be learned from the past (though they usually aren’t), and that our most famous presidents are not above reproach when it comes to the dirtiest game of all—political campaigning.


My Take:

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I am not into politics, this isn’t even about my country’s politics, the only reason I picked this book up was to diversify my reading. It’s safe to say that I do not regret my decision. Phew… what a relief! 😛

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This book bode well with me because of the light weight writing, the information wasn’t just dumped on you, it was molded into quite summarized chapters. The flow of the book was easy going and each chapter was thoroughly thought out. It was presented in kind of a story fashion which made it an easy read for me.

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All the details were simplified in order to be understood by everyone. I feel like this is an unbiased writing when it comes to politics. If you read this book, you will get a fair idea of the election scene in the US upto 2012, though many of us believe it’s the same around the globe.

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It’s not exactly the best source material for any one election in particular but will provide you with a fair idea of what happened. The illustrations, quotes, and the writing style added to the politics made for an interesting read.

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Why would I pick it up?

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For an easy political read.

 

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