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About the Author

Ben Wetmore received a degree in political science and history from American University where he studied interest groups. Wetmore has worked for a variety of non-profits and has provided organizational consulting to over 20 groups, foundations, companies, and organizations. Wetmore has trained over 2000 activists in workshops on political organization techniques and helped to start 120 campus publications across the country. He has worked in several states as an administrative assistant, a nonprofit executive director, a campaign manager for a U.S. Senate race, a department head, a nonprofit president, and the director of outreach for a statewide political organizing group, all within the last six years. Living now in New Orleans, he attends the Holy Name of Jesus Church. He's currently working on a law degree.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453712364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453712368
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Nickels on January 23, 2011
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You know that scene in "The Matrix" where Keanu Reeves download's a lifetime of martial arts experience and declares, "I know Kung Fu." Well, this book is pretty close to the political job advice equivalent.

The author has a wide range of experience with political campaigns and non-profit groups. The advice will be very helpful to maximize your career potential in politics (or even business or bureaucratic government jobs).

The advice regarding "vendors" was surprising and shocking, and the utilization of this advice can mean the difference between victory and defeat for a campaign. The advice regarding candidate family dynamics is sound and helpful in that it gives you options on how to make the best of a potentially bad situation.

The book has several "bookmarkable" parts, which will be helpful for my career. Also, the appendices at the end were quite interesting.
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Wetmore says it all. If you want a job in D.C., you need to read this book. I'll just say that an early draft of Wetmore's book helped me personally. Thanks!
A previous reviewer commented that Wetmore is a bit "cynical" but that, perhaps, is the unwritten chapter of this outstanding work. D.C. life can be draining, cynicism is natural and unavoidable, and the ability to deal with it is a critical job skill.
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I have volunteered for political campaigns and organizations for about a decade and can confirm that this book is 100% grounded in reality and what I have experienced "on the trail." Rarely have I read a book that reflects and validates my own personal first-hand experience while providing me new insight and perspective on that experience. This book did. I currently serve as a chief of staff and political advisor to a sitting state legislator and I will be providing a copy of this book to all future interns and volunteers interested in a career in politics.

This book could honestly be edited to remove or adapt political references and serve as a primer for newbies to the job market or those struggling to find success in their employment endeavors. I don't say that in a demeaning way, because many high school or college graduates do not know or practice the "common sense" lessons this book imparts that are invaluable to someone who seeks to succeed in the workforce. Honestly, a lot of people who have been in the workforce could really use these lessons if they could be honest with themselves and be introspective enough. I know I picked up some useful tips and recognized some of my own workplace weaknesses. The author does not condescend and empathizes with the reader. He's been there, done it, and screwed it up, just like us.

If you know any young person interested in politics as a career, or a political nut in your life who always wondered what a career in political life might be like, get them this book. If you know a young person who needs a clue about work ethic and what it takes to get started in the working world I think this book would be great for them too, if they are smart enough to consider the situations and examples it presents outside of a political context.

*The author does an excellent job presenting the material so that it is useful to readers of any political persuasion.
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Mr. Wetmore is a longtime veteran of the public policy world as both an activist, campaign worker and nonprofit manager. There are few people with better, more practical advice on how to get and keep a job in politics; he's the only one of these few who has written a book worth reading on the subject. The book is a pleasant read, Mr. Wetmore's anecdotes are entertaining and illustrative of the topics covered. If you're looking to find a way to make a differece, and make a living, in the political world, this is the place to start.
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