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Anything for a Vote

Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns

Joseph Cummins


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/26/2015)
MP3 CD (10/27/2015)
Compact Disc (10/27/2015)


An updated and illustrated compendium of mudslinging, character assassinations, and below-board election strategies from U.S. presidential politics throughout history!

Discover the “dirty tricks of the covert and the sleazy” in this giftable volume for American history buffs (New York Times Magazine).

Covering 225-plus years of smear campaigns, slanderous candidates, and bad behavior in American elections, this comprehensive history is the authoritative tour of political shade-throwing from George Washington to Barack Obama. You might think today’s politicians play rough—but history reveals that dirty tricks are as American as apple pie. Let the name-calling begin!
1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s clothing: “He is laced up in corsets!”
1864: Candidate George McClellan describes his opponent, Abraham Lincoln, as “nothing more than a well-meaning baboon!”
1960: Former president Harry Truman advises voters that “if you vote for Richard Nixon, you ought to go to hell!”
Full of sleazy and shameless anecdotes from every presidential election in United States history, Anything for a Vote is a valuable reminder that history does repeat itself, lessons can be learned from the past (but usually aren’t), and our most famous presidents are not above reproach when it comes to the dirtiest game of all—political campaigning.

Praise For Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns

“Dirty tricks of the covert and the sleazy.”
—New York Times Magazine

“While this grimy lens can be a hilarious way to look at the history of presidential politics, it's often a sobering one as well—colored by policies of discrimination and assaults on voting rights that are still relevant today.”
Mother Jones

“ . . . a compendium of ‘dirty tricks, cheap shots and October surprises.’”

Anything For a Vote will strike a chord.”
—McClatchy-Tribune News Service

“. . . a hoot to read.”
The Oregonian

Quirk Books, 9781594748325, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 27, 2015

About the Author

Joseph Cummins is the author of several nonfiction books and a novel. He lives with his family in Maplewood, New Jersey.