Capitol Hill Playbook A Machiavellian Guide for New Washington Staffers

ISBN-10: 1620877392
ISBN-13: 9781620877395
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Description: In presenting the ideal skills, abilities, and qualities of a successful politico, The Capitol Hill Playbook speaks to today’s generation of staffers like no other book before it. Weaving together Renaissance-era political philosophies and  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In presenting the ideal skills, abilities, and qualities of a successful politico, The Capitol Hill Playbook speaks to today’s generation of staffers like no other book before it. Weaving together Renaissance-era political philosophies and contemporary illustrations, Nicholas Balthazar enlists the help of Niccolò Machiavelli, author of the venerable political treatise The Prince, and Baldassare Castiglione, author of The Book of the Courtier—the authoritative account of Renaissance court life—to demonstrate two models of political life and their applicability today.Balthazar offers readers a path between these two methods, exploring the mechanics of working for elected officials but also discussing the philosophies behind contemporary political work. The Capitol Hill Playbook answers all the questions a newly hired staffer might want to ask:• Why do politicians run for office?• Why is devotion so important in politics?• Why must a staffer be a good communicator?• Why are friendships such an essential and elusive part of political life?• How do you win a political knife fight?• Why should a political staffer never wear a bow tie to the office?• And more!A provocative and informative read, The Capitol Hill Playbook will be indispensible to any political aspirant and, with an intriguing look back to the Renaissance, reveals how politics today has both changed and remained the same through the centuries.

Nicholas Balthazar is a veteran political staffer with experience that includes work in Congress, the White House, and on the state level. He has worked side-by-side with several well-known politicians on numerous election campaigns and policy initiatives throughout his career. He lives in Washington, DC.

Introduction
The American Prince
On the four types of princes
On working for a prince
On choosing a prince
On managing a prince
The American Courtier
On being a courtier
On the qualities and skills of successful courtiers
On the means of ascent
On friends, mentors, and brothers-in-arms
On the art of internecine warfare
Epilogue: On being a model courtier
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