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Slinging Mud: Rude Nicknames, Scurrilous Slogans, and Insulting Slang from Two Centuries of Am erican Politics Paperback – September 6, 2011
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"Another must-read political book." - Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
"An entertaining look at how American rhetoric and electioneering has shaped our perceptions of national politics." - Bradley Wright, Portland Book Review
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Ms. Ostler, by her own admission, gleaned most of the quotations from a handful of sources. She says, "Many newspaper quotations were located through the Oxford English Dictionary or the Newspaper Archive online. The dating of political words and expressions is based on information in the Oxford English Dictionary and the journal American Speech. Election statistics come from the New York Times Almanac for 2009." This thinness of sources reveals itself in a corresponding thinness in coverage of certain presidential eras.
I bought the book because I was interested in the rhetoric of political dialogue (I'm speaking with tongue partly in cheek) from Roosevelt forward. I felt there could have been much more done with the Truman, Kennedy, Nixon, Clinton, and even the Obama elections and presidencies. Although they do not cover exactly the same ground, I would recommend Gail Collins' Scorpion Tongues for a more in depth discussion.