OFF-SCRIPT in bookstores April 26, 2016

At long last, a few years worth of noodling over advance war stories and wresting over the right words to tell them has resulted in OFF-SCRIPT: An Advance Man’s Guide To White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle and Political Suicide, from St. Martin’s Press, due in bookstores on April 26.

For those of you who enjoyed the Polioptics podcast in the past, this book encapsulates the ideas, theories and images that we talked about every week of the show during our 159 episodes and which have shaped my political aesthetic since I joined Paul Simon’s presidential campaign just out of college in 1987.

OFF-SCRIPT picks up where I left off on my 2013 POLITICO Magazine long-form deep dive into Dukakis and the Tank, diving even deeper into the tank and giving similar treatment to the game-changing visuals of each campaign from 1992 through 2012, reserving the final section of the book for an optical analysis of the Obama years and the early months of the current campaign.

My hope is that it’s useful reading for campaign operatives, road warriors, reporters covering the political spectacle and those beyond the beltway amused or aghast by how the sausage is made.

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