Best Books on Politics and Election Campaigns

A Listmania! list by Steve "metsfansince1962" (Northport, Maine USA)
The list author says: "Here are the books that have given me the most pleasure and information about political events and election campaigns worldwide. I have added my own book, Posters, Propaganda, and Persuasion in Election Campaigns Around the World and Through History."
Packaging The Presidency: A History and Criticism of Presidential Campaign Advertising, 3rd Edition
1.  Packaging The Presidency: A History and Criticism of Presidential Campaign Advertising, 3rd Edition by Kathleen Hall Jamieson
The list author says:
  "A pioneering study of political advertising in U.S. presidential campaigns. Well written and insightful."
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Posters, Propaganda, and Persuasion in Election Campaigns Around the World and Through History
2.  Posters, Propaganda, and Persuasion in Election Campaigns Around the World and Through History by Steven A. Seidman
The list author says:
  "Hey, I can't leave my own book off the list. This is a political history of the democratic world, focusing on posters and communication media. The book covers over 200 years of U.S. election campaigns, electioneering in Britain (going back to the middle ages), as well as elections in France, Germany, South Africa, Chile, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, and many other countries."
$37.14   Used & New from: $25.00
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No Place for Amateurs: How Political Consultants are Reshaping American Democracy
3.  No Place for Amateurs: How Political Consultants are Reshaping American Democracy by Dennis W. Johnson
The list author says:
  "A good book on political consultants and their methods."
$51.25   Used & New from: $5.34
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Pulp Politics: How Political Advertising Tells the Stories of American Politics
4.  Pulp Politics: How Political Advertising Tells the Stories of American Politics by Glenn W. Richardson
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  "A scholarly, but readable exploration of recent political advertising and popular culture in the United States."
$57.98   Used & New from: $45.96

Presidential Campaigns: From George Washington to George W. Bush
5.  Presidential Campaigns: From George Washington to George W. Bush by Paul F. Boller
The list author says:
  "A history of U.S. presidential elections to 2000, with interesting anecdotes and insights."
$17.11   Used & New from: $0.44
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Presidential Elections 1789-2004
6.  Presidential Elections 1789-2004 by CQ Press Editors
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  "It only goes to 2000, but this book provides the most complete results of U.S. presidential elections from the first one in 1789. It also includes interesting historical information on the Electoral College, expansion of the voting franchise, primaries, nominating conventions, and various candidates for national office."
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Global Political Campaigning: A Worldwide Analysis of Campaign Professionals and Their Practices
7.  Global Political Campaigning: A Worldwide Analysis of Campaign Professionals and Their Practices by Fritz Plasser
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  "An informative look at the world of political consultants, with mounds of data on the practices of campaign professionals worldwide. Survey data from 43 countries."
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Twentieth-Century Britain: A Political History
8.  Twentieth-Century Britain: A Political History by W. D. Rubinstein
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  "The best book about modern British political history."
$37.07   Used & New from: $6.49
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Campaigns and Elections American Style (Transforming American Politics)
9.  Campaigns and Elections American Style (Transforming American Politics) by James A. Thurber
The list author says:
  "Essays on campaign planning, research, strategy, fundraising, advertising, canvassing, and using the Internet. A worthwhile collection on running political campaigns."
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Campaign Craft: The Strategies, Tactics, and Art of Political Campaign Management, Revised and Expanded Edition
10.  Campaign Craft: The Strategies, Tactics, and Art of Political Campaign Management, Revised and Expanded Edition by Daniel M. Shea
The list author says:
  "A good basic book on campaign management, with sections on history, planning, themes, research, polling, strategy, fund raising, and the media. Good examples from all levels."
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Political Campaign Communication: Principles and Practices, Fourth Edition
11.  Political Campaign Communication: Principles and Practices, Fourth Edition by Judith S. Trent
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  "The sixth edition (2008) of this standard textbook is fairly comprehensive, with strategies, media use, speeches, debates, interpersonal communication, advertising, and Web sites discussed extensively."
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The Politico's Guide to the History of British Political Parties
12.  The Politico's Guide to the History of British Political Parties by David Boothroyd
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  "Want to find out why the Conservatives are called 'Tories' and the Liberals were called 'Whigs'? This book will provide the answers, as well as a lot of other ones!"
$49.95   Used & New from: $6.27

The 2008 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective (Communication, Media, and Politics)
13.  The 2008 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective (Communication, Media, and Politics) by Robert E., Jr. Denton
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  "A group of scholarly articles on the recent U.S. presidential election and political communication, with interesting chapters on the debates, speeches, identity politics, Hillary Clinton and 'post-Feminism,' McCain's framing of issues, the influence of pop culture, cartoons, TV spots ads, and the Internet."
$26.78   Used & New from: $0.88
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The Making of the President 1960
14.  The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore H. White
The list author says:
  "The book that got me interested in election campaigns. White details the exciting Nixon-Kennedy race, covering JFK's Catholicism and the West Virginia primary, the convention, election strategies, the first TV debates, and a lot more."
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History of American Presidential Elections 1789-2001
15.  History of American Presidential Elections 1789-2001 by Arthur Meier Schlesinger
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  "More than 4000 pages on U.S. presidential elections! The best, most comprehensive study of the subject, with chapters by award-winning scholars."
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Hail to the Candidate: Presidential Campaigns from Banners to Broadcasts
16.  Hail to the Candidate: Presidential Campaigns from Banners to Broadcasts by Keith E. Melder
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  "A fascinating, exuberant book on American presidential election campaigns, with many items from the Smithsonian Institution's collection shown."
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Political Campaigns and Political Advertising: A Media Literacy Guide
17.  Political Campaigns and Political Advertising: A Media Literacy Guide by Frank W. Baker
The list author says:
  "An informative literacy guide to the use of media, advertising, and campaign strategies in politics."
$42.75   Used & New from: $42.74
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The Manship School Guide to Political Communication
18.  The Manship School Guide to Political Communication by John Bovee
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  "A good, though a bit dated, collection of brief articles on political consulting, with history, legislation, polling, focus groups, direct mail, advertising, speechwriting, philosophies, and resources covered."
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The Evolution Of Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections: Landmark Documents, 1787-2007
19.  The Evolution Of Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections: Landmark Documents, 1787-2007 by Randall E Adkins
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  "A very good book of primary source readings--from The U.S. Constitution and Number Ten of the Federalist Papers to the Democratic Party's report on its primaries and caucuses."
$40.42   Used & New from: $5.00

In Defense of Negativity: Attack Ads in Presidential Campaigns (Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion)
20.  In Defense of Negativity: Attack Ads in Presidential Campaigns (Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion) by John Gray Geer
The list author says:
  "An important and eye-opening work on modern American presidential election campaigns. It makes a good case—supported by content- analytical research—that TV attack advertising is beneficial to voters."
$21.05   Used & New from: $16.03
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