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

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A History of Mud-Slinging, Character Assassination, And Other Election Strategies

 

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!

 

     •  1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s clothing: “He is laced up in corsets!”

     •  1864: Presidential candidate George McClellan describes his opponent, Abraham Lincoln, as “nothing more than a well-meaning baboon!”

     •  1960: Former president Harry Truman advises voters that “if you vote for Richard Nixon, you ought to go to hell!”

 

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.

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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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Joseph Cummins is the author of several nonfiction books and one novel. He lives in New Jersey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594741562
Author:
Cummins, Joseph
Publisher:
Quirk Books
Subject:
Topic - Political
Subject:
Political Process - Elections
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Presidents -- United States -- Election.
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Humor-Politics and Business
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.00x5.32x.96 in. 1.14 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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