Falling Up: How a Redneck Helped Invent Political Consulting

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LSU Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 306 pages
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"The book reaches its dramatic climax in the story of Gary Hart's 1984 presidential campaign. Strother's gifts for incisive portraiture and media analysis crystallize an image of Hart as a brilliant, enigmatic, but ultimately self-destructive man and a democracy increasingly bedazzled by celebrity, blinded by breaches of privacy. The author's adventures with the Clintons, Al Gore, and Louisiana notables, as well as famous consultants such as Dick Morris, Matt Reese, and James Carville, both tantalize and instruct. In a final set of reflections, Strother provides a disquieting picture of the devolution of candidates and consultants and the ascension of money and polling."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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Contents

Prologue
1
Growing Up in Texas
14
Get the Hell Out of Here You Have a Future
41
The First Lessons
55
Sunshine Rains on Me
70
James Carville and Iceberg Lettuce
87
Season of Discontent
102
The Kingfish Lends a Hand
117
A Pretty Woman with a Smudge on Her Cheek
157
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

What Is It You Do Sir?
130

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