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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307987094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307987099
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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.


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I have really enjoyed the blog and I really enjoyed this book.
J. Cooper
This well researched book provides an interesting and thought provoking view of the current political scene and the players in Washington, DC.
Gary Crider
What seems insightful in a series of daily blog posts, becomes shallow when assembled in book form.
Marc Shepherd

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Carrad on 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 By T. Sales on 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 By David Baker on 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 By J. Tackeff on July 11, 2012
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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 By Marc Shepherd on 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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