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Towel Snapping the Press: Bush's Journey from Locker-Room Antics to Message Control (Communication, Media, and Politics) Paperback – May 25, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0742538511 ISBN-10: 0742538516

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Product Details

  • Series: Communication, Media, and Politics
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742538516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742538511
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Towel Snapping the Press is an informative book that's also fun to read. That's because Jim Mueller interviewed 29 journalists, recorded their often-amusing anecdotes, and then put present practice into historical perspective. What comes out is a dual portrait of the president and the press. (Marvin Olasky, editor–in–chief, World News Group From The Foreword)

Mueller's account of the press-presidency relationship during the Bush years is an engaging and informative read. It benefits from the author's work both as a longtime practicing journalist and now as a scholar of political communications. He deftly combines interviews with contemporary journalists with a review and analysis of scholarly works. Some of Mueller's conclusions and suggestions for change will rankle journalists mired to the paradigm of 'objective' reporting. But that is a good thing because such a discussion is crucial to the future of political journalism. (Mark J. Rozell, professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University)

As a photojournalist, I have photographed and traveled with George W. Bush and his staff since 1999. Jim has done an amazing and extremely accurate job in examining and defining the Bush administration's success with message management and press control. He also writes a candid inside look at Bush's early years as a businessman and part owner of the Texas Rangers that provides the prequel to understanding why Bush has succeeded when the odds are against him. This book will prove to be essential reading for understanding what has now become a new era in political press management. (Chris Usher, photojournalist)

A lively saga of the evolution of how George W. Bush learned to interact with the news media. . . . One of the most entertaining aspects of the book is the countless stories of Bush interacting with members of the news media. Recommended. (CHOICE)

Forty years in the sports media business, dealt personally with the big names who have come through North Texas, and nobody, not Tom Landry, Tex Schramm, Jerry Jones, Jimmy Johnson, Mark Cuban, Don Nelson, Dick Motta, etc., could out-glad hand, or out-mad, George W. when it came to what you wrote or said. George W. has a gift in this area, mainly because I think once you remove all the 'political handlers' he ain't a bad guy at all. The George W. we once knew as the Rangers' owner was a totally different cat—open, honest, funny, friendly, combative—than what we now often see from the White House. Mueller's Towel Snapping the Press tells that story, and a lot of stories from all media angles, good and bad. (Randy Galloway, the Fort-Worth/Dallas Star-Telegram)

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James E. Mueller is associate professor of journalism at the University of North Texas.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Hinkle on September 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a great book...well written, balanced, and intriquing. Very well researched. I enourage anyone who is interested in presidential politics and wants to be well-versed to buy it.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Frederick Hassell on February 19, 2007
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This guy is a complete moron and a terrible writer. Not for any particular sway/slant this book has, but the sheer fact that he is a terrible writer. He repeats the same points over and over again, just phrased differently. I had to keep checking to make sure I hadnt gone back in the book and accidentally read the same thing over again. Honestly I felt like I was reading a paper written by a political science student because of how repetitive he was. I guess his publisher told him his book needed to be longer and he went back and repeated stuff more times. He does an entire chapter that is basically a play by play description of a press conference. ITS NOT SPORTS MORON! I am looking foward to burning this book once I'm done writing my required paper about it provided I cant sell it back at a decent price.
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