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We're with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics Paperback – January 24, 2012
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"The Best 'Worst President'" by Mark Hannah and Bob Staake
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The core failure of the piece, though, is that the authors' choice "not to name names" has yielded a book that feels adrift in repetitive stories that blur together without differentiation. It's a laudable choice, but one that would have required magic that never quite materialized.
Unfortunately the authors have chosen (to take them at their word) to respect the privacy of their clients and those who they have investigated over the course of the preceding 20 years or so, and as a result the book is quite frustrating because time after time they provide just enough information to really grab your attention, only to leave out everything except the most superficial descriptions of any particular transgression, leaving out in particular virtually anything that could identify the particular politician or location or time. For example:
- just exactly who is the "candidate for mayor" who Alan writes about in Chapter 15, who is thought to have "molested two young gangsta wannabes", the police reports of which were subsequently lost, who was then elected to office and later "took more errant boys into his home" and was eventually indicted on federal charges, lost reelection and soon after died. I suppose the point of disclosing this sleeze bag now, probably years after the events took place, is of little value, but by the same token is there much reason to continue to protect his name if he did in fact do these things?
- who is the scumbag (aka sitting congressman) who (in Chapter 12), when confronted with evidence that our intrepid investigators had come up with showing him to have a history of being delinquent in paying his property taxes, and who in fact was at the time of their meeting late with his current taxes, then gets angry with them for thinking that such things had any importance?Read more ›
It was an early tip these guys really don't have a compelling story to tell when Alan opened with a murky scene in the rural countryside with a nervous source holding a shotgun. As any decent writer should know, if there's a shotgun in the opening scene, it better eventually go off. It doesn't. And the dirt the source is offering? Goes nowhere: "Our candidate grows increasingly restive over the idea of being caught probing the dark side, of being identified as the source of the allegations, so he puts an end to this line of questioning. Ultimately, he doesn't need to pursue the allegations. He wins. The public never knows what went on behind the scenes, and I never know whether what the guy with the gun says is true." Right out of the chute that's the best you've got? Alan and Michael (I'll refer to them this way because that's the way they name each alternating chapter of the book) do this sort of thing repeatedly throughout the book. They fail to deliver any real substance. The reader -- at least this reader (I don't know what book those who've written glowing reviews were reading ... or not reading) -- gets the sense that these anecdotes have been embellished with more and more faux drama over the years, as they've repeatedly told the stories at cocktail parties ... until someone says, "Hey, you guys ought to write a book." A magazine piece in The Atlantic, maybe.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I learned a lot from this book. Not much into politics but this illuminated the vetting process quite a bit for me.Published 4 months ago by M_McDonnough
I have several issues with this book. I went into it looking for some insight into the vicious nature of politics today and how we got here but got very little of that insight out... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jim Lewis
If you want a lame, possibly fake narrative from a couple of guys who's craft is quickly changing - then this book is for you!Published 15 months ago by Alex Pavloff
Okay book. I was expecting more but all it did was give some vague experiences with not much details. Read morePublished 15 months ago by newbooks
Very informative, I learned a lot about a here-to-for unknown process.Published 17 months ago by Ron Phillips
Good war stories by a couple of investigative journalists turned opposition researchers.Published 19 months ago by Charley B. Gee
The authors did a good job of letting the reader know what it was like on a daily basis to "do the dirty work" of their job and reading that was interesting. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by Grey Gardens
At first thought you might see the folks digging up political dirt as low-lifes. But as the authors point out, they generally deal in information accessible to anyone and the... Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by Eric Williams
That the authors decided to not get into the specifics of any single campaign probably hurt the book worse than any other single issue. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by John Towler