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True Tales from the Campaign Trail, Vol. 3

225 pages
University of Akron Press

True Tales from the Campaign Trail finds Democratic and Republican political consultants putting aside their differences to offer entertaining and honest insights into the art of the political campaign. The variety of funny foibles and lessons learned makes for an engaging celebration of the democratic process and the campaign trail.

True Tales from the Campaign Trail, Volume 3 is a compilation of great campaign anecdotes from experienced political consultants, Democratic and Republican, and other great storytellers. Many of the stories are funny. Many of the stories give you a behind-the-scenes view of what happens in campaigns when the camera is off and the reporters have put down their laptops, and all of these stories are stories that only an insider could tell. Anyone with any curiosity about how political campaigns are run and won will enjoy this book.


Jerry Austin, Corey Busch, Terry Casey, Bill Cohen, James Crounse, Mike Curtin, Tom Diemer, Bill Fletcher, Les Francis, Joe Hallet, David Heller, Bill Hershey, Bob Leonard, Lee Leonard, Joanne Limbach, Bob Ney, Ike McLeese, Tim Miller, Lincoln Mitchell, Bob Mulholland, Phil Noble, John Polidori, Sandy Theis, Mark Siegel, Katherine Rogers, Steve Rosenthal, Mary Anne Sharkey, Hank Sheinkopf, William Sweeney, Don Sweitzer, Paul Tipps, Gerry Tyson, Jim Underwood, Mark Weaver, David Yepsen, Abe Zaidan, and John Zogby.

Author Bio

Jerry Austin is one of the nation's most experienced and successful political strategists, consulting on races throughout the United States at every level from precinct committee person to President of the United States. Raised in the Bronx, Austin learned his politics in Cleveland in the late 1960s. After helping elect Richard Celeste Governor of Ohio twice, he became the campaign manager for Reverend Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign. He was the senior political director for Paul Tsongas's 1992 campaign for president and helped elect Paul Wellstone to the United States Senate. In 1992, he was the consultant and media advisor for Carol Moseley Braun's historic campaign for the U.S. Senate. His work also includes witnessing the Marcos/Aquino election in the Philippines; the Pinochet plebiscite in Chile; and many trips to Northern Ireland to consult for the SDLP party. Austin earned a B.A. in American history from the City College of New York; a master's in public administration from New York University; and a master's in education from The University of Akron. He was formerly an adjunct professor and director of the International Campaign Fellows program at The Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron.