Synopsis From Back Cover:
The political world is full of acronyms, verbal shortcuts, and lingoes that stand as a barrier to entry for anyone not in the business. The onset of social media has only mad that barrier higher, as insiders tweet furiously to one another in a language most of us can't even understand. Everyday Americans and even political junkies nee a hot-to manual for understanding what words matter in this arena and why.
Enter Brother Chris Cillizza and The Gospel According to the Fix - an essential guide to the wonderfully odd religion of politics. Based on a highly popular blog, The Gospel According to the Fix will teach you something new about politics, including parables the likes of:
- Why Ron Paul's candidacy is a lot like the TV show Friday Night Lights
- What it takes to be Richard Ben Cramer and write the political classic What it Takes
- The top ten negative campaign ads of all time
- The top ten issues candidates should be discussing but aren't because of the economy
- the dos and don'ts of surviving a political sex scandal
So needless to say that as soon as the book was in my possession, I dug in and rarely came up for air. I'm one of those individuals who takes politics seriously but still sees the fun to be had by observing the whole process from a distance. It's one of the reasons I enjoy Chris Cillizza as much as I do, his humor comes across on his blog and on TV, but it shines in this book. I laughed out loud several times, nodded my head when I read something I agreed with, and couldn't wait to share certain sections with my other politically nerdy friends. As a matter of fact, I now know what a lot of them are getting for Christmas.
I'm just hoping that he writes a second book sometime soon, so I have next Christmas covered as well.
Now for the giveaway. I have one copy, generously offered by the publisher, up for grabs. If you are interested in entering, please leave a comment with your email address. The giveaway is, I believe, only open to residents of the US. You will have until 11:59 pm CST, on August 27th to enter. I will use random.org to pick the winner.