Read Off Script: An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide Online Free - Being a public figure is no walk in the park - the world focuses on every move that politicians make and highlights their every mistake. "Image collapse" can befall anyone whose carefully cultivated persona is pitted against intermediaries in the broadcast booths of cable news networks or behind the photo desks of newspapers, magazines, and today's host of digital platforms.
As a world-traveling "advance man," an operative who orchestrates TV- and photo-ready moments involving important political figures, Josh King has unique experience working with the reputations of officeholders, candidates and other public figures. In Off Script, King leads readers through an entertaining and illuminating journey through the Hall of Infamy of some of the most catastrophic examples of political theater of the last quarter century. Readers might remember these cringe worthy moments as simple cases of bad luck. King argues, instead, that they were symptomatic of something larger: our broad appetite for public embarrassment, the media’s business imperatives in satiating that craving, and the propensity of politicians to serve it up on a platter, often by pretending to be someone they’re not while strutting on the public stage.
We tour recent history – King calls it “the Age of Optics” – to establish this syndrome, and then turn to the Obama administration and what Josh calls the emergence of the "Vanilla Presidency." King argues that Barack Obama has been more guarded and more protective of the presidential persona than anyone in history, and as we look to the elections of 2016 and beyond, we have to wonder: Will our future president follow Obama's example? If so, how will that influence the relationship between our nation's citizens and their leader?
|Title||:||Off Script: An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
February 21, 2016
First off, you really do have to love reading about politics to enjoy this book. But of course you do if you're even considering it. Josh King has worked for several campaigns over the years and in the Bill Clinton White House. He's a partisan, but you won't notice until the end when he talks abo...
May 12, 2016
I NEARLY quit reading this book in the first section. It was sooo detail-dense, an entire huge section just on the Mike Dukakis tank-and-helmet episode. I almost didn't make it out, but that would have been a tragedy, because this book is a gem. If you want to understand politics today, how what...
May 16, 2016
The first part of the book dragged on forever and almost made me quit, but the second part was way more interesting. The first part digs deep into the story of Michael Dukakis and the tank, so deep that you drown at times in the many names and details. That's also because we keep switching betwee...
October 09, 2016
Fascinating look at a part of political life I hadn't give much thought to before. Especially interesting reading during a presidential campaign.
February 21, 2018
I’ve had this book since it came out
It took me a year and a half to finish this book, and I had it in hardcover, e-book, and Audible. I felt I was reading in circles because he found a way to bring it back to Dukakis to use for every example, a man who I have never heard of and ran before I was e...
August 15, 2017
An interesting look behind the curtain at the advance work that precedes a candidate's or incumbent's public appearance. So much has to go right and it only takes a second for something to go woefully wrong.
May 22, 2016
Having seen Josh King on TV, I assumed his book would provide rich insights into how an advance man creates presidential campaign appearances, and my assumption was correct. Off Script, focusing primarily on campaign stops during election cycles, describes the objectives, tactics, techniques, and...
May 26, 2016
“Off Script: An Advance Man's Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide” by Josh King follows the art of political campaigning—or rather the disasters that past presidential campaigns have faced. Stories recounted include presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and t...
August 28, 2016
I would call myself a "political junkie" of the highest order. I'll find myself refreshing Politico throughout the day, checking 538 for the latest updates, and boring friends incessantly when discussing national politics by bringing up Senators from states they don't care about.
All of that being...
November 22, 2016
This book desperately needed an editor. First of all, redundancies should be removed first. (I can't even count how many times that sentence structure cropped up.) The first ~40% of the book is dedicated to introducing the book, Dukakis' helmet, and then reintroducing what the book is going to ta...