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Book Review: Getting a Job in Politics

And Keeping it, by Ben Wetmore

Mr. Wetmore is a longtime veteran of the public policy world as both an activist, campaign worker and nonprofit manager. There are few people with better, more practical advice on how to get and keep a job in politics; he’s the only one of these few who has written a book worth reading on the subject. The book is a pleasant read, Mr. Wetmore’s anecdotes are entertaining and illustrative of the topics covered. If you’re looking to find a way to make a differece, and make a living, in the political world, this is the place to start.


From the Notebook

My Favorite Bookshelf

Image by Rachel Ford James via Flickr

-Been a rough month, so there ain’t much in the notebook to report except some book reviews.

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway. I’ll admit it, I don’t like Hemingway. When I first read “The Old Man and the Sea” I thought it was a parody or satire or a joke of some kind. This book was as unpleasant to read. But there is some truth in the book, it is not considered a great book for nothing. The description Hemingway gave of fishing in streams in the mountains of Spain was really beautiful. All men have Lady Ashleys in their lives. Everyone tries to find meaning in something. There are a few Hemingway books I need to read, but I’m still not looking forward to them, even if there is some truth in them.

The Road to Serfdom, F.A. Hayek. This is one of those must-reads for politicos and economics enthusiasts. Hayek spells out many of his most famous arguments here, including his ideas about spontaneous order.

Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories, Alexander Kelly. Via Dailylit, this is a fun collection of anecdotes relating to Abraham Lincoln. This is far from a comprehensive biography, but it’s a good place to start.

Term Limits, Vince Flynn. This is Flynn’s first book. It’s not his best, and it’s rather long and the story grinds to a halt in some spots. But, I still like it. This is Flynn’s worst book and it’s still good. The resolution of the story at the end of the book is, well, not very believable. However, read it. You’ll like it.

-Twenty-nine years ago today, the Supreme Court deemed my existence as being worthy of legal protection, about nine months from whence it began.

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