Tuesday, November 15, 2016

G764 the can't-idates: running for president when nobody knows your name

Title of the book: the can't-idates: running for president when nobody knows your name

Author: Craig Tomashoff

Publisher: Bobtimystic Books

Publishing Date: 2015

ISBN: 9780692606377

Summary:

“A wonderful look at the personalities on the fringe of Presidential politics & the mind of Craig Tomashoff, who's drawn to them.” - Madeline Smithberg, co-creator of The Daily Show

“Citizens have a responsibility to be part of the election process. And here’s a little read to help you along with that. - Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chairperson

“Add to your reading list.” - David Duchovny, famous actor man

“If someone like Malcolm Gladwell or David Sedaris had written this book (and Craig, in my opinion, is just as good a writer—certainly wittier, well as witty as David) I imagine it would have hit the bestseller lists by now…The book is great. If you love This American Life, you're bound to enjoy The Can't-idates.” - Liz Alexander, author, GoodReads

The 2016 presidential campaign is one for the history books. And not necessarily in a good way. Donald Trump constantly seems to be saying things that even your drunk uncle wouldn’t utter at Thanksgiving dinner. Hillary Clinton has trust issues that leave many voters feeling more comfortable dealing with a Nigerian prince. This is an election that is truly one table flip away from becoming a reality show, and one of the few ways to find something positive in it all is to read The Can’t-idates: Running For President When Nobody Knows Your Name.

Author Info:
(From goodreads)

Former People Magazine and New York Times journalist Craig Tomashoff was as unhappy as the rest of the country with our mainstream choices for president. Eager to find someone new worth voting for, he traveled 10,000 miles across America to meet some of the more than1800 average citizens who have filed their paperwork to run for the highest office in the land. The Can’t-idates is a very personal chronicle of that journey. It was a trip that renewed his faith in people and politics, as well as becoming a book that captures the humor and heart of an America that the press and the politicians have forgotten about.

Personal Opinion:

Most unfortunately, I am reviewing the book a week too late, when results of that divisive election are well known and are either condemned or celebrated by people around the US as well as some around the world. Despite that, a lot of interesting points are brought up and explored with focusing on people who are unlikely to win the election; what do we want from our presidential candidates? Why is it we say one thing but always go against our words? Why are elites in control of everything? I'm not advocating anarchy, but I am hoping that this year's election will teach us all something about ourselves.

This was given to me by an author

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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