Monday, March 31, 2008

What We're Reading - "Campaigning for President"

Imagine a young boy of 10 in 1968 who wanders into a local "Robert F. Kennedy for President" office, and is given the usual assortment of campaign buttons and trinkets and becomes enamored of such campaign memorabilia and begins to seek out items from the other candidates in that race.

Now imagine the boy's collection some 40 years later, standing at some 1.25 million items covering George Washington to George W. Bush and all of the campaigns and candidates in between.

Finally imagine leafing through a wonderful book, heavily illustrated with examples of the best items from that boy's collection and samples of the catchiest slogans to the worst mud slinging from past Presidential election campaigns.

Put it all together and you have the story of "Campaigning for President" by Jordan Wright. As you might have guessed, he was the young boy who started collecting such memorabilia and now has published this beautiful and fascinating book...and just in time to encourage all of us to do our last minute campaign collecting of this year's items. This book well proves, that money, mud, outrageous statements and even a bit of humor are nothing new to Presidential politics and in fact, current practices may even be more civilized than their predecessors!

This book gets my vote!

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