No Place for Amateurs: How Political Consultants Are Reshaping American Democracy

No Place for Amateurs: How Political Consultants Are Reshaping American Democracy

No Place for Amateurs: How Political Consultants Are Reshaping American Democracy

No Place for Amateurs: How Political Consultants Are Reshaping American Democracy

Synopsis

No Place for Amateurs is an insider's tour through the fast-paced, often sordid world of the professional political campaign. A veteran campaign consultant himself, Dennis Johnson serves as the perfect guide through the world of fund-raising, push-polling, focus groups, and negative attacks that form the basis of high-stakes national campaigning. Major campaigns are now run almost entirely by professionals, and No Place for Amateurs details the skills, strategies and methods - and the extraordinary resources these require - to provide an expose of the highly sophisticated techniques used to reach and persuade voters. As this revealing volume makes clear, the more the candidates turn to sophisticated and unethical tactics, the less they focus on the concerns of the voters. Illuminating this dark underside of American politics, No Place for Amateurs offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at all the stages of the modern, highly professional campaign.
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