Off Script:An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide

Off Script An Advance Man s Guide to White House Stagecraft Campaign Spectacle and Political Suicide 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 person

  • Title: Off Script:An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide
  • Author: Josh King
  • ISBN: 9781137280060
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 platformBeing 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 guarded and 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

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    1. 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 about the upcoming elections. The bulk of the book is about political ancient history starting with Michael Dukakis's ride in a tank, moving on to George H. W. Bush's astonishment at bar code scanners, all [...]


    2. 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 we see of candidates and officials is "produced", you need to read this book. A lot of it is in the details that can go wrong (which means parts are pretty funny!) but, although I knew a lot of what we s [...]


    3. 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 between the Dukakis story and general info and background on being an advance guy. I get that that epic bunder was a watershed moment for advance people, but a little less detail would have worked better. The [...]


    4. Fascinating look at a part of political life I hadn't give much thought to before. Especially interesting reading during a presidential campaign.


    5. I’ve had this book since it came outIt 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 even born. I finally finished it because I started it and it never got better.


    6. 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.


    7. 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 pitfalls of presenting a president to the public. King covers what he calls the Age of Optics beginning with Michael Dukakis's 1988 misguided tank ride all the way through Trump's current carefully stag [...]


    8. “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 the tank (with the tank dwarfing the 5’8 governor), George H. W. Bush and the supermarket scanner (with his seeming amazement at it making him look out of touch with daily life), Bob Dole falling [...]


    9. 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 said, Off Script was ultimately a disappointing read for me. Maybe its because it didn't read as advertised. Maybe its too "inside baseball" among the "inside baseball" crowd. Or maybe I just don't get [...]


    10. 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 talk about. I honestly thought my audiobook app had accidentally reverted to the opening chapter, but, nope, the author was just telling us what he was going to tell us about halfway through the book. The [...]


    11. Before reading this book I was unaware of just how meticulously presidential appearances were prepared. They're highly detailed and use all the tricks of the "presentation" trade: chisel your symbolism to high floss, use visual stunts to the max, measure all camera angles precisely. Yet sometimes things go wrong. Sometimes a slight mishap (or off script) turns into fodder for late night comic TV ridicule. Examples: The 1988 effort to portray candidate Mike Dukakis as General Patton in an army ta [...]


    12. The book is touted as a “pull back the curtain” type book to show what it’s like developing and staging political but it’s mostly a deconstruction of the biggest political blunders of the last three decades with a little bit of his own stories sprinkled in. I’m a bit of a political junky and I didn’t find it terribly fascinating, and would only really recommend it if you work in (or are thinking of working in) politics. Overall its well written but only tells you what you already kno [...]


    13. I decided to read this book based on a "Book of the Times" article I saw in the NYT (that, for some reason, I cannot find anymore.) Incredibly detailed account of the responsibilities of advance teams and the increasingly theatrical aspects of our political scene. The book shines in the middle section when King recounts various political gaffes of the last 30 years and near the end when discussing the ongoing Clinton and Trump campaigns. Though it is interesting, feel free to skip the first sect [...]


    14. Josh does play-by-play for the famous "Michael Dukakis in a tank" photo op from the 1988 election and does it well. It's funny I've read a bunch of reviews that said this part was too long and that the rest of the book was the good stuff. I actually liked the Dukakis stuff best because the level of detail was so great. The rest of the book looks at other instances in which the optics of notable moments played an important role in an election or primary. A good read for this time of year if you [...]


    15. I wish I could give it 0 stars. First, it had the unfortunate timing of coming out during an election cycle that disproved the entire premise of the book.However, it may have still been an interesting read, but it was not. The book was so repetitive, it seemed as if it had no editor. SPOILER******Also disappointing - The author's favorite of all gaffes was the Dukakis' helmet, but it turns out there was already an understanding before that to never put something on a candidate's head!!


    16. Fun election year fodder, but nothing staggering or life changing. There are some interesting bits about how to stage an event and how to screw one up, but much of the book is relateable if you have followed the news or politics for the past 30 years. I did find the over 120 pages on the Dukakis riding a tank episode to be a lot more than necessary, if it is has some other stories thrown in for good measure here and there.


    17. If you're a political junkie (and yes, I realize there's something seriously wrong with me) then I think you'll like this book. It delves behind the curtain into the machinations and why/how come?s of several of the recent/semi-recent (well, to my 50+ year perspective of time) presidential campaigns.It was an interesting readis was a giveaway


    18. I won this in a giveaway.Very interesting insider story of Presidential campaigns. A bit to much focus on Dukakis and the tank. I got that this was a big flub after the first paragraph and was ready to move on. Still very informative and reinforces my understanding that the media picks the next POTUS.


    19. The last two chapters are worthless, a total bore. I was more interested in reading about the blunders, and not how some photographer takes pictures of the current president. I listened to the audiobook and Josh drones about this photographer for what feels like hours. The rest of the book is enjoyable if you enjoy reading about mistakes.


    20. Entertaining and insightful review of the last quarter century of presidential campaigns and their screw ups. Well written and personal, and shows useful insight immediately applicable to the current presidential race. Read the book!


    21. WHAT A DELICIOUS ! READ ! for any political junky. Not only all the backstage dirt from Josh King, illustrious political Advance Man as he tells the tales of campaigning in “the Age of Optics” and you'll recognize all the ways we're being manipulated with every single shot. What a treat.


    22. As we watch the campaign events unfold on our TVs, we rarely consider all the things that have to be done to make them happen. Josh King's book reveals what goes on behind the curtain as well as the myriad things that can go wrong.



    23. Material is at times very interesting but hes a lousy writer and seems to have an inflated sense of himself.


    24. This book is over 9000 incredible, my friend toby king is the son of senior josh king, toby is a national turtle conservationist,


    25. King's most useful information/advice comes about half-way through the book, when he finally stops beating the dead horse of Dukakis's infamous tank ride.


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