Holiday Gift Guide for the Political Geek or Just Geek in Your Life.
Each year we at The Campaign HQ post a holiday gift guide. They are Christmas gift ideas for the political geek or just geek in your life. They are things we have purchased and or used in the past year and things we think you or your someone special might enjoy!
I know this isn’t about politics, but I first heard about this in a speechwriting class I took through the Professional Speechwriters Associations. It’s a short, fun read that offers insight into writing dialogue for speeches as well as some ideas for writing for radio, TV, and web.
From Author’s site:
Here’s what started the phenomenon: the best seller that’s in its 18th printing! Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. “Save the Cat” is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying, including:
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This is not for the casual political junky. At $110 it’s for hardcore political junkies and wordsmiths. In part, written and edited by Robert Lehrman the dean of Democratic political speechwriters and author of “The Political Speechwriter’s Companion” the definitive book on speechwriting.
This is undoubtedly intended for college classroom use but is a great resource for someone who takes their writing seriously.
From the publisher’s site:
How do leading Democratic Party figures strive to communicate with and influence their audience? Why have some proven more successful than others in advancing their ideological arguments? How do orators seek to connect with different audiences in different settings such as the Senate, conventions and through the media? This thoroughly researched and highly readable collection comprehensively evaluates these questions as well as providing an extensive interrogation of the political and intellectual significance of oratory and rhetoric in the Democratic Party. Using the Aristotelian modes of persuasion ethos, pathos and logos it draws out commonalities and differences in how the rhetoric of Democratic Party politics has shifted since the 1960s. More broadly it evaluates the impact of leading orators upon American politics and argues that effective oratory remains a vital party of American political discourse.
I’m not sure what surprised be more; how much things have changed in the 56 years since the Election of 1960 or how much they remain the same. Widely accepted as the first “modern” election due to the influence of television and the advent of campaign technics that only Kennedy money could by at the time. These movies offer unique insight not only to the campaign but the too short Kennedy administration.
Not only interesting as a political case study it’s a terrific time capsule of the 1960’s. What is produced now has the blessing/curse of hindsight, these documentaries are not burdened with knowing how things will turn out and offer a truer view of the time.
From Criterion site:
Seeking to invigorate the American documentary format, which he felt was rote and uninspired, Robert Drew brought the style and vibrancy he had fostered as a Life magazine correspondent to filmmaking in the late fifties. He did this by assembling an amazing team—including such eventual nonfiction luminaries as Richard Leacock, D. A. Pennebaker, and Albert Maysles—that would transform documentary cinema. In 1960, the group was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy—Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis—and, following the president’s assassination, the poetic short Faces of November. Collected here are all four of these titles, early exemplars of the movement known as Direct Cinema and featuring the greatest close-up footage we have of this American icon.
With all the talk about Hamiton, it occurred to me that I hadn’t read much of “The Federalist Papers” since college. Since they are part of the owners manual of the great American experiment with Democracy I thought it was time for a refresher.
The organization of the book makes its use for reference quite easy and includes copies of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Article Confederation and more.
Originally published anonymously, The Federalist Papers first appeared in 1787 as a series of letters to New York newspapers exhorting voters to ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States. Still hotly debated, and open to often controversial interpretations, the arguments first presented here by three of America’s greatest patriots and political theorists were created during a critical moment in our nation’s history, providing readers with a running ideological commentary on the crucial issues facing democracy.
Today The Federalist Papers are as important and vital a rallying cry for freedom as ever.
This edition features the original eighteenth-century text, with James Madison’s fascinating marginal notations, as well as a complete text of the Constitution.
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Do to Windows 10 I was forced to replace my scanner for the first time in many years. The Cannon LiDE120 was a very pleasant surprise. Priced at well under $100 it offers all of the features of my old more expensive scanner and takes up about half the space.
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