Sunday, July 29, 2012

Politics : Read All About It

Talking Heads
There are books a plenty about the upcoming election, its principals and primary season also-rans, written from all sides of the political spectrum. Here's a short list of recent titles. Pick and choose...

Selecting a President by Eleanor Clift & Matthew Spieler
The book explains the mechanics of the electoral system and includes historical anecdotes from past campaigns. Clift writes for Newsweek; Spieler for

How to Win an Election : an Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians by Quintus Tullius Cicero
Have some fun with this ancient Roman guide to winning an election, which reads like a 21st century political playbook. Quintus advises his brother Marcus on how to win the office of consul (he did) in 64 BC.

Where They Stand : the American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians by Robert W. Merry
A veteran political journalist examines how and why presidents succeed and fail. Merry also authored a regarded biography of our 11th President, James K. Polk.

The Candidate : What It Takes to Win -- and Hold -- the White House by Samuel L. Popkin
What does it take to win a campaign for president? The author, an academic and sometime Democratic campaign strategist, offers explanation.

The Real Romney by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman
Try this one or Governor Romney's own, No Apology : the Case for American Greatness

Barack Obama : the Story by David Maraniss

One of the latest and one of many in a pro-con collection.