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U.S. Elections: Behind the Scenes: the Media and Elections
Analysis of the media’s impact on the vote.
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Title: The Medium and the Message : Television Advertising and American Elections
Author: Goldstein, Kenneth
Publisher: Pearson/Prentice Hall (2004)
Price: $26.67
ISBN: 0131777742
Call Number: 324.7309 M469A
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: These essays were taken from a conference on political advertising sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

 
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Title: True Enough : Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
Author: Manjoo, Farhad
Publisher: Wiley (2008)
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 9780470050101
Call Number: McN
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: The author explores the phenomenon that people often seek out others who mirror their own opinions rather than exploring the facts. Examples are cited from presidential election politics, American history, and the media.

 
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Title: Tragedy and Farce : How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy
Author: Nichols, John
Publisher: W. W. Norton (2005)
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 1595580166
Call Number: 302.2309 N517t
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: Nichols is a correspondent for the Nation and McChesney is a communications professor. Among other topics, the book explores the effect of the Internet on presidential politics.

 
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Title: Sneaking Into the Flying Circus : How the Media Turn Our Presidential Campaigns Into Freak Shows
Author: Pelosi, Alexandra
Publisher: Free press (2005)
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 0743263049
Call Number: 324.7309 P367S
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: The author gives a non-network, behind-the-scenes view of the 2004 presidential elections, along with critiques of the "circus".

 
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Title: Pulp Politics : How Political Advertising Tells the Stories of American Politics
Author: Richardson, Glenn W.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield (2003)
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 0742500993
Call Number: 324.7309 R394P
Format: Hardback
Reading Level: Adult.
Notes: The author disagrees with the common notion that political advertising destroys true democracy. He posits that popular culture is an essential foundation for political campaigns.