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How to Win an Election by Quintus Tullius Cicero
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Mar 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, politics
Read in March, 2012

Some will probably be appalled by the apparent cynicism in this translation of Quintus’ letter of advice to his brother Marcus, especially if you are a “follower of the philosopher Plato” like Marcus Cicero, but I enjoyed this short volume translated by Prof. Philip Freeman.

As you read, you might think Quintus has advised Marcus to be like an Etch-a-Sketch. Newt probably could’ve taken some Quintus advice about not taking a vacation during the campaign and avoided the two he took (Greece and Hawaii). There’s a lot of great stuff in this book, and as a hack my overall impression is the more things change the more they stay the same.
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