Falling Up: How a Redneck Helped Invent Political Consulting

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LSU Press, Apr 1, 2005 - Political Science - 306 pages
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This brash and rollicking autobiography is a potent primer of the rough-and-tumble world of political consulting by one of its founding fathers and preeminent experts. A cross between a patriotic redneck raconteur and a TV-savvy renaissance man, Raymond D. Strother is unafraid to name names and refuses to mince words in tales of what he calls "the beauty and gore" of American politics. From the crash course in Louisiana politics and corruption he received following graduate school to his compelling entry into the big-time senatorial and congressional races of the 1970s and early 1980s and his adventures with candidates Clinton, Gore, and Hart and famous consultants Dick Morris and James Carville, Strother offers a wildly entertaining, controversial, but finally optimistic political and media success story that will thrill and inspire anyone spellbound by American politics.

  

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Contents

Growing Up in Texas
14
Get the Hell Out of Here You Have a Future
40
The First Lessons
55
Sunshine Rains on Me
70
James Carville and Iceberg Lettuce
85
Season of Discontent
102
The Kingfish Lends a Hand
117
What Is It You Do Sir?
130
The Wise Ones Stumble Again
172
Bill Hillary Al and the Gang
206
Buddy Roemer and the Silver Bullet
222
Where Dreams Go When They Die
234
Kicking Ass and Taking Names
263
The Sea Creatures Crawl to the Shore
282
Index
297
Copyright

A Pretty Woman with a Smudge on Her Cheek
155

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Raymond D. Strother is president of Strother, Duffy, Strother and lives in Washington, D.C., and in Montana. He is a former president of the American Association of Political Consultants, a former fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard University, the recipient of a 2001 Pollie Award for Best Political Television, and the author of the political novel Cottonwood.

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