A divine guide to deciphering the sinful world of American politics, from the author of the Washington Post's The Fix
The political world is full of acronyms, shortcuts, and lingoes that stand as a barrier to entry for anyone not in the business. The onset of social media has only made 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 need a how-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 his highly popular blog, The Gospel According to the Fix will teach you something new about politics, no matter who you are and whom you know. In our torturous political climate, this Gospel is the one true source for comprehending what the heck is going on in DC. Chapter and verse, this political Gospel will include 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
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Chris Cillizza's first book is a good effort that fits snuggly alongside many of the books now focused on the political environment. Coincidentally, it came out on the same day as "It's the Middle Class, Stupid," and adds more texture to what Carville & Greenberg discuss in that book about the upcoming election. Cillizza's chapters compartmentalize different aspects of the electoral process in the way a blog would--often using sports analogies: things like biggest issues, best ads, October surprises, 2016 Republican and Democratic all-star teams. They're serious topics, but Cillizza doesn't take them or himself too seriously.
I agree with another reviewer that Cillizza is not overly partisan. I'm sure he fights those tendencies because he is an MSNBC contributor and on multiple shows each day, but he does a good job in this book of looking at both parties, handicapping their chances, recognizing their up-and-comers, and leaving it for readers to decide where they stand...
I enjoy Chris Cilizza's Washington Post blog, The Fix. I read it almost every day. It's one of the best political blogs out there. I thought, or at least hoped, that in his first book, he would detach himself from short-form journalism and make a more substantive contribution to political thought.
Instead, the book reads like a set of blog posts, assembled in no particular order, and with no real narrative arc. Some material, like his Fix Endorsement Hierarchy, is actually recycled from the blog itself. Most chapters read like blog entries, even if they are in fact new.
What seems insightful in a series of daily blog posts, becomes shallow when assembled in book form. If you're a regular reader of The Fix online, you'll probably find that this book contributes very little that Cilizza hasn't already said elsewhere.
Although Cilizza has a wealth of knowledge of political campaigns past and present, this book focuses predominantly on the 2012...
Chris Cillizza is a talented journalist and his blog "The Fix" at The Washington Post is insightful, entertaining, and comprehensive in its coverage of American politics. It's a shame then that Mr. Cillizza's book, The Gospel According to the Fix, is such a dreary failure.
As a loyal reader of The Fix, I have come to rely on Mr. Cillizza to deliver timely and well crafted insights into the story behind the story. Unfortunately, for readers like me, the book introduces no new insights. In addition, the writing style that has made The Fix easy to read simply does not work in a book format. There are extensive and circuitous analogies (e.g. the link to Friday Night Lights), overuse of the m-dash, introduction of non-words (what's "cashola"?), and other such offenses against the English language. The chapters appear to be in some random order that don't tell a cohesive story: for example, the first few sections about the recommended blogs should really be appendices. Finally,...
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