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Readings and Extra Credit


By the final week of the course, every student should have read at least one of these books: For your convenience they are listed here as links to the Barnes and Noble Web site; you should be able to buy most of them at any well-stocked bookstore.

The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, by Daniel Boorstin

The Selling of the President, 1968, by Joe McGinniss

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, by Neil Postman

The Power Game: How Washington Works, by Hedrick Smith

Hardball: How Politics is Played, by Christopher Matthews

All Politics Is Local: And Other Rules of the Game, by Thomas P. O'Neill and Gary Hymel

Humbuggery and Manipulation: The Art of Leadership, by F. G. Bailey

There will be an essay question on your final dealing with the book you have chosen to read. The essay question will be worth more points than one letter grade, so be sure to do your reading assignment.

Extra Credit Readings

For extra credit you can do a written and oral report on the book you have read. During Class 14 (the class before the Final Exam) I will leave time for as many reports as there are students doing extra credit assignments. In this way, other classmates can share information to be found in these books. Email me at for more information on the structure of your written and oral report.

Extra Credit Grassroots Game Plan

For extra credit you can also do a grassroots campaign game plan. Your game plan should follow the discussion of this subject in class, and should be informed by additional information available to anyone interested in this extra credit assignment. Again, email me at for more information.

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