Alpha Dogs: How Political Spin Became a Global Business

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Atlantic Books, Jun 1, 2009 - Political Science - 300 pages
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David Sawyer dreamed of a career as a film-maker; Scott Miller, the son of a shoe salesman, was a brilliant copywriter. Unlikely partners, together they became a political powerhouse. Directing democratic revolutions from the Philippines to Chile, steering a dozen presidents and prime ministers into office, and instilling the campaign ethic in corporate giants from Coca-Cola to Apple, the consultants of Sawyer-Miller were the Manhattan Project of spin politics.

In this pulsating book, James Harding tells the story of a few men whose political savvy, entrepreneurial drive and sheer greed came to alter the landscape of global politics. Alpha Dogs charts the creation of a new style of political campaigning and its triumph across the world.

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This is a fast-paced recounting of the international wheeling and dealing of the Sawyer Miller Group, political consultants across three decades of presidential elections and other major campaigns ... Read full review

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James Harding is the editor of The Times. He was previously Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times. This is his first book.

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