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The Gospel According to the Fix: An Insider's Guide to a Less than Holy World of Politics [Kindle Edition]

Chris Cillizza
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A divine guide to deciphering the sinful world of American politics, from the author of the Washington Post's The Fix

The political world is full of acronyms, shortcuts, and lingoes that stand as a barrier to entry for anyone not in the business. The onset of social media has only made that barrier higher, as insiders tweet furiously to one another in a language most of us can't even understand. Everyday Americans and even political junkies need a how-to manual for understanding what words matter in this arena and why. 

Enter Brother Chris Cillizza and The Gospel According to the Fix--an essential guide to the wonderfully odd religion of politics. Based on his highly popular blog, The Gospel According to the Fix will teach you something new about politics, no matter who you are and whom you know. In our torturous political climate, this Gospel is the one true source for comprehending what the heck is going on in DC. Chapter and verse, this political Gospel will include parables the likes of:

• Why Ron Paul’s candidacy is a lot like the TV show Friday Night Lights
What it takes to be Richard Ben Cramer and write the political classic What It Takes
The top ten negative campaign ads of all time
• The top ten issues candidates should be discussing but aren’t because of the economy
• The dos and don’ts of surviving a political sex scandal

Editorial Reviews


“The Gospel According to the Fix is a great read and guide for both amateur and professional political junkies alike.” —Chuck Todd, chief White House correspondent, NBC
“This is a smart, funny road map through the maze of presidential politics, replete with Chris Cillizza’s trademark insights and keen wit. If you have time for one guide to politics, The Gospel According to the Fix is it.” —Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent, NBC

The Gospel According to the Fix hits its stride in several ambitious explorations of various aspects of the political scene….The speed, volume and reach of [Cillizza’s] take on matters not only chronicles the daily grind but influences it, too: Consultants read him, and their candidates react.” –Ken Kurson, Wall Street Journal 

About the Author

CHRIS CILLIZZA writes The Fix for the Washington Post. He is an MSNBC contributor and political analyst who appears regularly on the network in addition to NBC, PBS, and NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. Chris has worked for Roll Call, the Cook Political Report, and Congress Daily. His freelance work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Atlantic, Washingtonian, and Slate.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1277 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307987094
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (July 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074D1KNC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A mile wide and an inch deep July 27, 2012
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Some of the facts in this book are interesting if you are, like me, a real political trivia junkie. This does not save this awkward, unedited pastiche of columns from being a random collection of thin gruel. A collection of columns almost never makes a good book (exception: Mike Royko) and while I enjoy the author's columns in the Washington Post this book just does not coalesce. He needs to sit down and be a bit more serious and thoughtful and might then produce an interesting, thoughtful in-depth book on current American politics. This is not it. Avoid.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the Job It Promises July 11, 2012
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Chris Cillizza's first book is a good effort that fits snuggly alongside many of the books now focused on the political environment. Coincidentally, it came out on the same day as "It's the Middle Class, Stupid," and adds more texture to what Carville & Greenberg discuss in that book about the upcoming election. Cillizza's chapters compartmentalize different aspects of the electoral process in the way a blog would--often using sports analogies: things like biggest issues, best ads, October surprises, 2016 Republican and Democratic all-star teams. They're serious topics, but Cillizza doesn't take them or himself too seriously.

I agree with another reviewer that Cillizza is not overly partisan. I'm sure he fights those tendencies because he is an MSNBC contributor and on multiple shows each day, but he does a good job in this book of looking at both parties, handicapping their chances, recognizing their up-and-comers, and leaving it for readers to decide where they stand. The people he skewers deserve to be skewered -- by their actions and not their affiliations.

I wanted to see how the blogger/contributor perspective compared to these other authors. I'd agree that Cillizza didn't do all the reading and footnoting that others have (hence no index), that he's not hosting a daily show or a former elected official himself, but his book shows you how people think and cope who follow the details of day-to-day politics and campaigns and immerse themselves in seeing close up how politicians act, keep or lose their way. It also shows how we as citizens and periodic voters choose to care or not care about the issues they talk and blog about every day. So from that angle of making politics more understandable, this book does the job it promises.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the Aspiring Politico July 15, 2012
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Not for several years have I opened up a book and read it cover-to-cover in a single day. The Gospel according to the Fix changed that because it described the world of politics from an accessible angle. As a Politico myself working in the elections a lot of this stuff was well known, and the conclusions similar to those read & repeated in bars by the rest of DC. But what most of us lack is the historical perspective around a lot of those conclusions and Chris Cillizza gets into them with just the right amount of detail to keep you interested & educated. I for one had some gaps in my political history and this certainly helped fill them. Certainly anyone wanting to understand more about politics in 2012 will find this an enjoyable, quick read that informs while making you laugh and cry at the state of american politics.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I am a loyal daily reader of the Fix. He is one of the best political writers of our day. If you are already a fan of the Fix, buy the book. If you are a political junkie, buy the book. The book is an easy read (It took me an afternoon to read it), but it is really insightful. It combines lots of knowledge about our political system along with The Fix's humor and wit. Also, as a New Hampshire resident, any book that gives a shout out to the Puritan Backroom's Chicken Tenders is a must-buy as well. Also to address the criticism of one of the other reviews; Chris Cillizza is one of the best political writers out there. He is not a partisan. The reviewer just seems like a bitter Ron Paul supporter, who cries foul at ANY criticism of his libertarian cult leader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing August 26, 2012
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I enjoy Chris Cilizza's Washington Post blog, The Fix. I read it almost every day. It's one of the best political blogs out there. I thought, or at least hoped, that in his first book, he would detach himself from short-form journalism and make a more substantive contribution to political thought.

Instead, the book reads like a set of blog posts, assembled in no particular order, and with no real narrative arc. Some material, like his Fix Endorsement Hierarchy, is actually recycled from the blog itself. Most chapters read like blog entries, even if they are in fact new.

What seems insightful in a series of daily blog posts, becomes shallow when assembled in book form. If you're a regular reader of The Fix online, you'll probably find that this book contributes very little that Cilizza hasn't already said elsewhere.

Although Cilizza has a wealth of knowledge of political campaigns past and present, this book focuses predominantly on the 2012 presidential campaign. Due to the book's timing, of course, that campaign is not yet over with. Therefore whatever value the book may have is short-lived. Years from now (or even one year from now), very few people will be interested in a book that chronicles only HALF a campaign.

Of course, Cilizza does have broader points to make, but his heavy focus on 2012 gives the book an early sell-by date.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Somewhat outdated since much has happened since it was published. Interesting to see how he thought through some things. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Will A
3.0 out of 5 stars I love The Fix, but not too many memorable pieces here
Like others reviewing here, I'm a big fan of Chris Cilizza's WaPo blog, The Fix. It's juicy and insightful - his hard work is evident in every timely post. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Andy Orrock
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book to read heading into this year's election
I assume most people who bought this book were regular readers of the author Chris Cillizza's blog The Fix. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful Insiders View of Current Politics
This well researched book provides an interesting and thought provoking view of the current political scene and the players in Washington, DC. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gary Crider
2.0 out of 5 stars Fails to deliver
Chris Cillizza is a talented journalist and his blog "The Fix" at The Washington Post is insightful, entertaining, and comprehensive in its coverage of American politics. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rishikesh Bhalerao
4.0 out of 5 stars Sotto Voce
Chris' work is wonderful providing great insight, humor and food for thought. I enjoy the asides and undertones. Read more
Published 24 months ago by F. Costanzo
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money. Read it in a book store for nothing
The author is a light weight in the crowded world of blogs and books. He is another paid scribe for MSNBC and voices their story over and over again.... Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by LibertarianReview
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I enjoy getting The Fix's blog by email every day. Based on this experience, I was quite willing to plop down $9.99 for the Kindle edition of the new book. Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by Don Wills
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