March 22, 2021

The Chairman's Book Review Series

The Chairman's Book Review Series

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Recently, The Chairman partnered with Campaigns and Elections Magazine to write a series of reviews centered around the books written by Professional Campaign Consultants, or those adjacent to the industry. 

These are distinctly different from even the classics of the genre like Theodore White’s The Making of The President 1960The Selling of The President 1968 by Joe McGinnis, Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing on The Campaign Trail ’72 and What It Takes by Richard Ben Cramer about the 1988 White House race.

And that doesn’t even take into account the Jack Germond and Jules Witcover books about ’80, ’84, ’88 and ’92, or even something like Robert Caro’s second volume of his series on Lyndon Johnson, Means of Ascent, which is largely focused on his 1948 race for Senate, or even books like John A. Farrell’s Tip O’Neill and The Democratic Century, which has many great passages about the burgeoning role of national funders, and the rise of the consulting class.

Moreover, the cottage industry of books that purport to unpack the inner workings of a presidential administration, or the multiple and various memoirs of governors, senators or members of Congress. (Quick plug for the political book with the greatest title of all time: former Arkansas Sen. Dale Bumpers’ The Best Lawyer in A One Lawyer Town)."