Dirty Politics: Deception, Distraction, and Democracy

From a colorful, compact history of negative campaigning from Eisenhower to the present, to an in-depth commentary on the Willie Horton ads that jolted the 1988 presidential campaign, Dirty Politics is both a fascinating look at underhanded campaigning as well as a compelling argument for fair, accurate, and substantive campaigns. It is a book that all voters should read before they vote again.

Deeds Done in Words: Presidential Rhetoric and the Genres of Governance

In the words of Roderick Hart, author of The Sound of Leadership, “Deeds Done in Words is a thoughtful survey of how a democracy uses language to transact its business. Based on an enlivened understanding of genre theory and on numerous pieces of original criticism, (Karlyn Kohrs) Campbell and (Kathleen Hall) Jamieson vividly show how central public discourse has become the lifeblood of the American polity.”

Eloquence in an Electronic Age: The Transformation of Political Speechmaking

In a book that blends anecdote with analysis, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, author of the award-winning Packaging the Presidency, offers a perceptive and often disturbing account of the transformation of political speechmaking. Jamieson addresses such fundamental issues about public speaking as what talents and techniques differentiate eloquent speakers from non-eloquent speakers.