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From the Publisher
A History of Mud-Slinging, Character Assassination, And Other
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.