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Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech Paperback – September 2, 2014

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"[A]n excellent field guide to the double-talk and weasel words that anyone following the world of politics has to wade through every day."--Henry Allen "Santa Fe New Mexican"

Dog-whistles, Walkbacks and Washington Handshakes will not be the last book written on political language, because political language will remain as irritating, fascinating, obfuscatory and dishonest as ever. But until the next book comes along, this one will reassure the cynics, anger the idealists, encourage a healthy skepticism and amuse those readers comfortable with the knowledge that nothing has changed and nothing will change."--Henry Allen "Wall Street Journal"

"Words matter. Especially when tumbling from the mouths of politicians, words can edify and distort, engage and enrage, delight and depress--but the differences are lost on most of us. Until now. Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark decode the clutter in an extraordinarily accessible and informative book that belongs on the desk of any politically minded reader. It's my b.s. translator."--Ron Fournier, senior political columnist and editorial director of National Journal

"One would have thought that writing a gripping treatment of the semi-secret slang and code of the DC scene was impossible, but McCutcheon and Mark have done it. Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes should be the accompanying text for House of Cards or Scandal. Brilliantly written and fun."--Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and contributor to MSNBC


“In your hands is a guide through the thicket, a machete with which to cut your way through the jungle of rhetoric . . .This volume may prove a life saver.” (From the foreword by Jeff Greenfield)
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ ForeEdge; 1st edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1611686032
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1611686036
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.47 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
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