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Best Political Campaign Books You Should Read

Our list of some of the best Political Campaign books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

The Political Campaign Desk Reference: A Guide for Campaign Managers, Professionals and Candidates Running for Office (2012)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadDo builders construct buildings without a blueprint? Is it wise to go on a long road trip without mapping the route ahead of time? Campaign are no different – they need a plan to be successful. Used in campaigns and classrooms nationwide, The Political Campaign Desk Reference has become the guide that many campaign professionals use during every election.
Author(s): Michael McNamara

The Campaign Manager: Running and Winning Local Elections (2018)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadSuccessful campaign manager and three-time mayor of Ashland, Oregon, Catherine Shaw presents the must-have handbook for navigating local campaigns. This clear and concise handbook gives political novices and veterans alike a detailed, soup-to-nuts plan for organizing, funding, publicizing, and winning local political campaigns. Finding the right message and targeting the right voters are clearly explained through specific examples, anecdotes, and illustrations.
Author(s): Catherine Shaw

Political Campaign Communication: Principles and Practices (2019)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadPolitical Campaign Communication: Principles and Practice, Ninth Edition uses a speech-communication perspective to examine how elective politics contributes to our knowledge and understanding of the electoral process.
Author(s): Denton Jr., Robert E., Judith S. Trent, et al.

The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns (2013)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadRenegade thinkers are crashing the gates of a venerable American institution, shoving aside its so-called wise men and replacing them with a radical new data-driven order.
Author(s): Sasha Issenberg

Campaign Craft: The Strategies, Tactics, and Art of Political Campaign Management (2015)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadThe go-to source on campaign management for nearly two decades is now updated to cover the latest in contemporary campaign expertise from general strategy to voter contact to the future of political campaigns.• Updates readers on rapidly evolving campaign strategy and tactics• Offers the ideal balance between practical perspectives and scholarly literature• Includes fresh information on political polarization, strat…
Author(s): Michael Burton

The Art of the Political Campaign: How to run for elected office with no money, name recognition or political connections (2013)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadBecause every election these days is so important to the future of our great nation, the desire for the average American to choose a side and get involved is greater than ever. The size of the office being sought is insignificant; the will to invoke change is there. But with most people, there’s a problem: they don’t know where, how or even when to start.
Author(s): Brian Duewel

How to Run for Political Office and Win Everything You Need to Know to Get Elected (2011)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadThe American Government, including the national, state, and local levels, has more than 400,000 elected and appointed public officials according to a New York Times estimate. That number, more than the number of people who work for most major companies, is a tell-tale sign of just how important the political system is in this country.
Author(s): Melanie Williamson

Inside Campaigns: Elections through the Eyes of Political Professionals (2018)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadTake your students on a journey into the world of campaign managers. Powered by scores of interviews and surveys of political professionals, the book considers the purpose, potency, and poetry of modern political campaigns in the US.
Author(s): William J. Feltus, Kenneth M. Goldstein, et al.

The Digital Plan 2nd Edition: Strategic guidance and planning to: Win political campaigns. Grow nonprofit organizations. Launch projects and meet goals. (2018)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadThe Digital Plan is here to get you the BIG WIN. From running an election to growing a nonprofit, fundraising for a cause, or even just creating your own brand from scratch, empowering your organization online is key to success.
Author(s): Brad A Schenck

Political Campaigns: Concepts, Context, and Consequences (The Series on Elections, Opinion and Democracy) (2016)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadIn Political Campaigns: Concepts, Context, and Consequences, Costas Panagopoulos provides students with insight into the inner workings of contemporary campaign structures by combining findings drawn from vast amounts of scholarly research with an astute insider’s perspective.
Author(s): Costas Panagopoulos

Campaigns and Elections American Style (Transforming American Politics) (2018)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadFollowing one of the most contentious and surprising elections in US history, the new edition of this classic text demonstrates unequivocally: Campaigns matter. With new and revised chapters throughout, Campaigns and Elections American Style provides a real education in contemporary campaign politics.
Author(s): Candice J. Nelson, James A. Thurber

Political Campaign Communication (2017)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadNow in its third edition, Political Campaign Communication: Inside and Out examines the intricacies of political campaigning through the eyes of both an academic and a political consultant.
Author(s): Larry Powell, Joseph Cowart

African Americans and the American Political System (4th Edition) (1998)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadOffers a systematic, theoretical, and structural framework for more accurate appraisal of the relative nature and influence of governing institutions and of past, present, and recurring developments on African-American and American Politics generally.
Author(s): Lucius J. Barker, Mack Jones, et al.

How to get Elected to State & Local Office: A beginner’s guide (2019)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadAs a beginner’s guide, How to get Elected to State & Local Office, serves as a “how to” manual for someone who is interested in running for office for the first time or a candidate looking to improve the way they campaign.
Author(s): Timothy Hickman, Catherine Hickman

Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail (2015)

 Best Political Campaign Books You Should ReadEfforts to reform the U.S. campaign finance system typically focus on the corrupting influence of large contributions. Yet, as Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F.
Author(s): La Raja, Raymond J, Brian F Schaffner

Best Political Campaign Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some political campaign books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Challenging Online Propaganda and Disinformation in the 21st Century

Author(s): Miloš Gregor, Petra Mlejnková (eds)
ID: 3027149, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Lessons From Trump’s Political Communication: How To Dominate The Media Environment

Author(s): Marco Morini
ID: 2480332, Publisher: Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf

Political Campaigning in the U.S.: Managing the Chaos

Author(s): David A. Jones
ID: 2487221, Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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