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Confessions of a Campaign Manager

Ever wonder what it's really like on the political campaign trail? Read on for the real scoop.

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rĀthe release date: December 28, 2020

In Confessions of a Campaign Manager, veteran Democratic operative Bharat Krishnan takes you on a journey across nine states and 17 campaigns to see how American politics has transformed since the election of Barack Obama. Krishnan makes a case that the intransigence of Republican leaders following the election of our nation's first black president irrevocably fractured the country along partisan lines. This ultimately produced the most dangerous presidential candidate this country has ever seen, Donald Trump. From rubbing shoulders with celebrities and political insiders at presidential conventions to chasing votes in the swamps of Louisiana, Krishnan discovers a vast disconnect between voters, the flawed politicians they elect to represent them, and the legion of driven staffers who silently battle over the direction of the nation. Drawing on his experience at the state and local level, Krishnan formulates a national prescription to prevent a future of perpetual partisan brinksmanship.

This book would not have been possible without a team of editors, especially Julia Chun, Jason Dunne, Matt Delman, Sam Hagedorn, Ben Resnik, and Daniela Solano-Ward. And the life lived to be able to write this book wouldn’t have been possible without the counsel of many mentors:First and foremost, Dan Sena who plucked me out of obscurity and brought me into the big leagues for reasons I’m still trying to understand.Scott Forrester, Caroline Buerkle, and Jennifer Smith, who taught me that great work is only possible when you’re around great people.Liz Chadderdon, who never misses an opportunity to remind me that I’m not normal and that’s a good thing.Mark Putnam, who meant it when he told me to keep in touch after I interned for him. You are the humblest person I’ve met.Colin Rogero, who is a true friend in every sense of the word. Raghu Devaguptapu, for his sincere interest in cultivating Indian-American talent in an industry that isn’t nearly as diverse as we’d like you to think. I want to thank my sister, Suman Krishnan, and my girlfriend, Monali Pandya, for pushing me relentlessly in all endeavors.And finally, I thank all of my candidates – especially Catherine Begaye and Alan Howze. You make America great.

To my parents, who lived the American dream. You taught me that it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.And to Kevin Joseph Sutherland, my friend and my colleague.

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