By Ben Shapiro
Project President is a hilarious romp via American electoral history.
From brief, fats, bald John Adams' wig-throwing tantrums in the course of the 1800 election to Abraham Lincoln's choice to develop a beard in 1860; from John F. Kennedy's option to forgo the fedora at his inauguration to John Kerry's determination to get Botoxed for the 2004 race; from the Golden Age of Facial Hair (1860-1912) to the Age of the Banker (1912-1960); from Washington's fake tooth to George W. Bush's work out routine, Project President tells the tale of America's love affair with presidential appears to be like and visual appeal, why that frequently concerns greater than a politico's positions at the concerns, and what may good be coming next.
"I'm continuously bringing up the ability of costume. it really is semiology: our outfits ship a message approximately how we wish to be perceived, and the place is that this extra robust and glaring than in elected offices. In Project President, Ben Shapiro captures presidential semiotics with a powerful narrative and deft analysis. it is concurrently interesting and hilarious!"
Project Runway, Liz Claiborne, Inc.
"Ben Shapiro takes a romp via American background and exhibits how personality--and even haircuts--have elected or defeated presidential candidates. it is a journey via background that enthusiasts of either events will enjoy-and can examine from."
Resident pupil, American firm Institute
Senior author, U.S. information & global Report
Co-author, The Almanac of yank Politics
"Presidential politics has constantly been extra superficial than we want to confess. With a trendy and likeable contact befitting a powerful candidate, Ben Shapiro takes us deep into the self-love that has formed American history."
"Shapiro deftly explains how peak, hair and handsomeness can impact a candidate's crusade up to matters. A enjoyable, informative read."
Nationally syndicated speak exhibit host
Host of CNN's The Glenn Beck Show
"A hilarious and illuminating trip via America's centuries-long fascination with presidential image-making. no matter if you are left, correct, average or apathetic, this vigorous ebook gets you prepared for the packaging of the '08 races."
"This is a perceptive, witty-sometimes hilarious-look on the realities at the back of the faces and the facades, the slogans and the nature assassinations, of every presidential crusade from George Washington to this present day - with a lot for us to think about for tomorrow."
-Sir Martin Gilbert
Official biographer of Winston Churchill
"An pleasing and illuminating romp in the course of the politics of symbolism and character in our presidential politics. if you are taking into consideration working for president, learn this publication prior to you spend a dime on a political consultant."
COLMES: Who do you need [for the very best Court]?
ANN COULTER: thanks for asking. i would like Ben Shapiro.
COLMES: Ben Shapiro.
ANN COULTER: certain. He simply complete his first 12 months at Harvard legislations, 21 years previous.
COLMES: You suggest for a date or for the court?
ANN COULTER: No, for the courtroom. he is my candidate. he is very vivid. he is already written one best-selling publication.
COLMES: you must placed a 21-year-old man at the court?
ANN COULTER: Twenty-one, and he is simply entire first 12 months of Harvard legislations.
COLMES: so that you wish an individual who is going to be at the courtroom for fifty, 60 years? Is that - is that the entire idea?
ANN COULTER: No, I simply occur to love Ben Shapiro.
Hannity and Colmes
Fox information Channel
July eight, 2005
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