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Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaignsby Joseph Cummins
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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 G. W. Bush. Highlights include:
1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women's clothing: He is laced up in corsets
1912: Theodore Roosevelt is shot in the chest while preparing to give a campaign speech, then proceeds to deliver it anyway: I don t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a bull moose
1960: President Harry Truman advises voters that if you vote for Richard Nixon, you might go to hell
Arriving a full year before the 2008 presidential election, 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.
History reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. This work offers an illustrated look at 200-plus years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections, from George Washington to George W. Bush. Illustrations & photos.
About the Author
Joseph Cummins is the author of several nonfiction books and one novel. He lives in New Jersey.
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