We're with Nobody
Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics
Publication Date: January 2012
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In politics, finding the dirt is a multimillion-dollar business.
Its called opposition researchoppo to insiders. Few Americans are aware of its existence, yet oppo has become an integral part of the campaign process, hastening the implosion of countless office-seekers around the country.
For nearly two decades, former journalists Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian have been uncovering the buried truths about political candidates, from presidential appointees all the way down to local school-board hopefuls. Were with Nobody is the eye-opening account of their life as opposition researchersa remarkable adventure across the American political landscape and through the often seamy underbelly of U.S. politics. From doing battle with reluctant, sometimes purposefully misleading bureaucrats to arriving in an unmarked police car for a clandestine meeting on the New Jersey waterfront, Were with Nobody offers readers a revealing slice of national and political life: a close-up look at todays political process, the fallible men and women we often choose to represent us and the little-understood industry of trying to bring candidates weaknesses to light.
A partner in the political research firm Huffman & Rejebian, Alan Huffman has been a farmer; newspaper reporter; and aide to a Mississippi attorney general and a Mississippi governor. A contributor to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the New York Times, Smithsonian magazine and other publications, he is the author of Ten Point, Mississippi in Africa and Sultana.
“This book floored me. I could not stop reading about the strange, dark world that helps determine who we elect and who sinks back into the muck. It is phenomenal; for me politics will never be the same.”
-SEBASTIAN JUNGER, author of War and The Perfect Storm
“A bright romp … A good book for anyone who has wondered how scandalous past behavior makes its way into campaign headlines.”
“This timely book lifts the curtain on political research to find dirt on opponents.”