The Carnival Campaign


I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Chicago Review Press. It was with the understanding that I would write a review and powt it on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my review blog. I also posted it on my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book because I have an interest in American History. It is the first book by Ronald Shafer that I have read.

The subtitle to the book “How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of Tippecanoe and Tyler Too Changed Presidential Elections Forever” is very appropriate in describing most of the contents of the book. It is the first campaign where candidates went out to campaign for themselves rather than relying on surrogates as campaigning for oneself was sent as undignified prior to this election. It also was the first to incorporate mass rallies, women actively participating in the campaign and the use of spin to hide the fact that William Henry Harrison was born on a plantation and not in a log cabin.

The book could have been improved without all of the references to following campaigns which in my opinion dumbed down the book for the reader.

I recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in American History.

Professional Reader

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