|Primary Format: Paper|
|Size:||5.5 x 8.5 in.|
|Subject(s):||Language and Linguistics|
Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech
Chuck McCutcheon and David MarkE-book: $18.99
One would have thought that writing a gripping treatment of the semi-secret slang and code of the DC scene was impossible, but McCutcheon and Mark have done it. Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes should be the accompanying text for House of Cards or Scandal. Brilliantly written and fun.
—Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and contributor to MSNBC
Words matter. Especially when tumbling from the mouths of politicians, words can edify and distort, engage and enrage, delight and depress-but the differences are lost on most of us. Until now. Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark decode the clutter in an extraordinarily accessible and informative book that belongs on the desk of any politically minded reader. It’s my b.s. translator.
—Ron Fournier, senior political columnist and editorial director of National Journal
Dog-whistles, Walkbacks and Washington Handshakes will not be the last book written on political language, because political language will remain as irritating, fascinating, obfuscatory and dishonest as ever. But until the next book comes along, this one will reassure the cynics, anger the idealists, encourage a healthy skepticism and amuse those readers comfortable with the knowledge that nothing has changed and nothing will change.
—Henry Allen, Wall Street Journal
[A]n excellent field guide to the double-talk and weasel words that anyone following the world of politics has to wade through every day.
—Santa Fe New Mexican
At the end of the day, let me be clear: this one is a slam dunk.
CHUCK MCCUTCHEON is co-author of National Journal’s Almanac of American Politics and co-editor of Congressional Quarterly’s Politics in America 2010. DAVID MARK is editor-in-chief of Politix and former senior editor at Politico. He is the author of Going Dirty: The Art of Negative Campaigning. JEFF GREENFIELD is former senior political correspondent for CBS Nightly News, and author of If Kennedy Lived and 10 other books.