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

Paperback | August 1, 2007

byJoseph Cummins

not yet rated|write a review
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.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$16.95

Out of stock online

From the Publisher

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 tri...

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

other books by Joseph Cummins

History's Greatest Wars: The Epic Conflicts that Shaped the Modern World
History's Greatest Wars: The Epic Conflicts that Shaped...

Paperback|Jan 30 2013

$5.00 online$21.99list price(save 77%)
On the Edge of the Loch: A Psychological Novel set in Ireland
On the Edge of the Loch: A Psychological Novel set in I...

Paperback|Jul 1 2016

$21.33 online$22.50list price(save 5%)
History's Greatest Hits: Famous Events We Should All Know More About
History's Greatest Hits: Famous Events We Should All Kn...

Paperback|Aug 13 2013

$15.63 online$27.95list price(save 44%)
see all books by Joseph Cummins
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.99 × 5.25 × 0.88 inPublished:August 1, 2007Publisher:Quirk BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1594741565

ISBN - 13:9781594741562

Customer Reviews of Anything For A Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

“Dirty tricks of the covert and the sleazy.”—New York Times Magazine“While this grimy lens can be a hilarious way to look at the history of presidential politics, it's often a sobering one as well—colored by policies of discrimination and assaults on voting rights that are still relevant today.”—Mother Jones   “a compendium of ‘dirty tricks, cheap shots and October surprises.’”—Playboy   “Anything For a Vote will strike a chord.”—McClatchy-Tribune News Service   “a hoot to read.”—The Oregonian