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

Anything for a Vote Dirty Tricks Cheap Shots and October Surprises in U S Presidential Campaigns Think today s politicos play rough Check out this raucous pop history for a chronicle of than years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections Starting with the contest betwee

  • Title: Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns
  • Author: Joseph Cummins
  • ISBN: 9781594748325
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Think today s politicos play rough Check out this raucous pop history for a chronicle of than 200 years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections Starting with the 1796 contest between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, through the 2012 campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, we ll revisit such notable low blows as 1836 Congressman Davy Crockett aThink today s politicos play rough Check out this raucous pop history for a chronicle of than 200 years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections Starting with the 1796 contest between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, through the 2012 campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, we ll revisit such notable low blows as 1836 Congressman Davy Crockett accused Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women s clothing.1864 A Democratic newspaper alleged that Abraham Lincoln only changed his socks every 10 days.1928 Republicans warned that Roman Catholic candidate Al Smith was secretly plotting with the pope and that the Holland Tunnel had a secret passageway leading directly to the Vatican 1960 Former president Harry Truman told voters, If you vote for Richard Nixon, you ought to go to hell With an all new design, new illustrations, and new chapters covering the 2008 and 2012 elections, Anything for a Vote reminds us that dirty tricks in presidential campaigns are as American as apple pie.

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    1. Looking for some lighter reading fare and pairing it with a buddy read, this book seemed the perfect mix. Joseph Cummins has compiled this wonderfully educational and entertaining piece that seeks to examine each of the presidential elections in US history (up to 2008, around the time of publication). By exploring these elections, Cummins seeks to determine just how dirty and ruthless the campaigns turned out to be. His hypothesis: campaigns have long been dirty affairs and while the sleaze fact [...]

    2. What can I say? I love Presidential trivia, and this covers every Presidential election America ever had up until 2008. It's pretty biased toward the newer elections (probably for the simple reason that there's more information available), and the illustrations are goofy, but the information is good and quite easily read. I enjoyed it.

    3. This will become a popular nonfiction title for both young adult and adult readers. Those who have been fans of Georgia Bragg's titles that share information in a humorous way in easily digestible chapters with a uniquely beneficial layout that includes some illustrations, various sidenotes, highlights, and quotes. For this title, the subtitle says it all and Cummins has does a superb job in organizing the information he gathered complete with some folksy humor to understand the lengths politici [...]

    4. This book is full of interesting information, but is seriously marred by awful editing. It mentioned "Mr. Roger's sweaters" (his last name was Rogers, not Roger). It referred to the shootings of the protesters at "Kent State College" (while it was known as "Kent State College" for a brief period, it has been Kent State University since 1935). Most damningly, they referred to an electoral runnerup whose main campaign position was stopping slavery as being "too radically proslavery".But he did com [...]

    5. What funbut it is the kind of book that makes you laugh in order not to cry. Politics in all its ugliness and it hasn't changed since the beginning (if one discounts Washington who didn't have an opponent). The author writes with humor and is fairly unbiased as he dissects each Presidential electione boring (very few) and the battles (most). Lots of new information and reminders of things that happened during more recent runs for the highest seat in the land. Currently we talk about how the medi [...]

    6. Historically interesting--Cummins traces the evolution of presidential election politics over the full course of USA history. However, the type is difficult to read at times (the spacing is weird) and the pages are the thickness of a postcard, so it's heavy and uncomfortable to read. A decent editor would have been helpful as well, since there are frequent awkward sentences and grammar errors. In web page format this would get 3.5 stars but due to poor construction and editing, I rate it lower h [...]

    7. even though this was interesting and well written i gave up on it because i already know some people running for the office of president have shaky morals. i read most of the twentieth century listings, was afraid to back to washington, jefferson, monroe, adams etc. a bit of a sad book.

    8. Really interesting read I received from Netgalley. Was very well written and informative. Would recommend this to all.

    9. We just had an ugly election, everything from FBI and Russian interference to a candidate who assigned everyone demeaning nicknames (Little Marco, Crooked Hillary). Many may think that this was the cruelest election ever. It was not, as Joseph Cummins proves in his history of dirty tricks and bad actions in U.S. Presidential campaigns. In 1844, Whig candidate Henry Clay attended a session of The House of Representatives, where his Democratic rival James K. Polk was the Speaker; Clay stood up in [...]

    10. EnlighteningI wondered if the current campaign was a new phenomena, everyone commenting that they had seen nothing like it. Well I was shocked to discover that the prospect of power brings out the worst in political spheres and almost no one is above the fray!

    11. As to be expected with any book with a running "sleaze-o-meter," this is not a serious scholarly work, nor does it pretend to be. Since the book covers every election up until 2012, it does tend to over simplify so the more I knew about an election the less I enjoyed that election's section. But the simplification allowed more space to cover the slurs and insults that made the book such a fun read. My biggest complaint is that the section on the election of 1800 didn't contain my favorite electo [...]

    12. I found out about this book in a magazine piece following this year's election, comparing it to elections of the past. It's a quick and enjoyable read; there's not much here that presidential history buffs won't already know, but it's interesting to see all 50-plus elections up to the time of publication considered.But while Cummins is an entertaining writer, the book comes off as slapdash. Cummins makes mistakes that contradict other parts of the book where he was correct -- after writing in hi [...]

    13. I have to give an embarrassing preface to this review: I never paid much attention in my American History classes. Meaning, I basically memorized the information for the tests then immediately forgot it. As far as my brain is concerned, the US Presidents go in this order: Washington, some Adams, Jeffersons and Jacksons, Lincoln, big blank spot, Roosevelt, some randos I recognize the name of but can't place, Daddy Bush, Clinton, Bush Jr Obama.So much ouch. I'm going to go cry in a corner now with [...]

    14. I really thought I would enjoy this book more than I did. It certainly has some interesting stories to tell; for those of us still living with some rage over the contested or questionable elections of the Bush years, it's in some ways comforting and in some ways maddening to know that we are not unique in this American conundrum. Whether somewhat light-hearted (the printed handbills accusing candidates of wearing women's clothes) or the grotesque (the stories of voter fraud in the 1870s that per [...]

    15. In "Anything for a Vote", Joseph Cummins takes a look back at the history of US Presidential elections from George Washington in 1789 through Bush/Kerry in 2004. In it he does a quick overview of the good, the bad & at times the scandalous events surrounding the election of what was then our nation's 43 chief executives. The elections themselves are also rated on a sleaze meter from 1-10 depending on just how dirty the campaigns got. Additionally, he points out some of the not so well known [...]

    16. As the other reviewers have said, this was a quick, perversely fun read. The book does a good job of showing you the types of people who have been involved with making political campaigns mean and dirty since pretty much the beginning. Political weasels--Rove may be the biggest, but he wasn't the first. An added bonus was that it has led me to want to find out more about some of our lesser known presidents.And, it has a great anecdote about how badass Teddy Roosevelt was. Someone shot him on the [...]

    17. Received in a drawing at . Started 11-22-15. Finished 11-30-15. Excellent book about the nasty comments made between presidential candidates or their campaigns going back to Washington. Along the way you learn about what was going on in the US during these election years. If you think the stuff being thrown now is rude and crude, you should read about the campaigns from many years ago. Nothing new under the sun! Book should be required reading in Poli Sci classes, Ethics, and Interpersonal Commu [...]

    18. Are political campaigns too mean today? Want to go back to the "good old days" when people were civil? This book tackles such questions and answers: presidential campaigns have never been civil and there were no good old days. Well, maybe the first election when Washington ran unopposed. But that's about it.This book is an interesting read. It is good for a skim as after a while it gets redundant, reading about election after election. Skimming it gives you the gist: people have always been vici [...]

    19. Why I read ItIt was referenced in an article I read.The GoodA fun little book covering all the US Presidential campaigns. Chocked full of fun facts and trivia presented in a light style.The BadA little too light at times. He dismisses everything as silliness that opposing parties said about each other in order to get elected. I wonder how much was true and how much was just politics as usual.The Ugly (my opinion)Anyone interested in political elections should read this fun book. It also puts to [...]

    20. Filled with errors both factual and editing. Random punctuation errors including a random new line in bibliography with some publisher's name only. Claims that Jimmy Carter was the first president since before the civil war to be elected from the South, which is wrong because LBJ was from Texas. I skimmed the last 4 elections as they are too recent for anyone to be truly objective about them. Had an error stating that the one vote Monroe didn't get in 1820 was because the elector wanted Washingt [...]

    21. "Same as it ever was" the Talking Heads once sang. This book permanently puts to rest the notion that our country has ever held a dignified, gentlemanly presidential campaign. It's great fun reading about some of the mudslinging that happened throughout presidential campaigns, and places today's campaign tactics in a broader context, too. Now if only some of my history teachers had shared some of these tidbits--I think they would have had a much more engaged class!

    22. An interesting "dip into" book.Don't know very much about the past Presidents and their elections, but some of them could have made passable comedians!Unfortunately our UK Parliamentarian hopefuls on all sides have taken leaves from their American books and are treating their would be voters shamefully.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Quirk Books via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    23. This was an amusing book. Very fast reading. It is clear that sleaze and slime have been a part of American politics since the beginning. Cummins outlines all of the dirty tricks played in each presidential election up through 2004. Mark Hanna, McKinley's campaign manager, was Karl Rove before Karl Rove, for example. Anyway, another good book for a plane trip, but not something to pick up otherwise.

    24. Equal parts informative and entertaining. This covers every presidential election campaign up through Bush/Kerry in 2004 (the book was published in 2007). At times humorous and shocking this is a revealing look at just how down and dirty presidential politics have been since almost the beginning of the US. This also provides the reader with an easy to understand evolution in the presidential nominating process.

    25. This was a fun read. Politics is a nasty business. Cummins gives us the highlights of the dirty tricks candidates used during elections. This book also gives us a very good account of the evolution of the American electoral system. As I was reading this book, one phase kept popping up in my mind: As more things change, the more they stay the same. The electoral process has changed quite a bit over 200 plus years, but a whole a lot has not, particularly corruption.

    26. I won this book on a first reads giveaway and I highly recommend it. It was a real page turner that proves smear campaigns are the norm in politics. it is well written with humor injected. you don't have to like politics to enjoy this book. who would have thought the presidency would be smeared with mudslinging in George Washingtons day? no one but it was. for an eye opening quick fact book this one fits the bill.

    27. ANYTHING FOR A VOTE is an easy , entertaining, and revealing read. It is unbiased It's a great primer that sweeps every single election from George Washington through Obama. (Can't wait to read the author's take on the 2016 election.) As an educational writer, I think this would work well in high schools to show students there is nothing new under the sun. Cummins uses a casual, readable narrative voice.

    28. Interesting account of the dirty tricks used by political parties in their pursuit of the US Presidency. Some witty examples. The bibliography listed by author is impressive. It contains serious bios of presidents as well as observations of political trickery. Both parties engaged in the practice. With the exception of a pro Democrat bias, this was well done. I remember some of these campaigns vividly. A good read.

    29. This is one of those books that's probably better for print reading so you can skim and skip around. I found some of the stories of the founding fathers interesting. I'm sure I would also love some of the more recent campaign stories, too. I think it's worth purchasing for my library. I might pick it back up when it comes in and read some of the 20th century campaigns.

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