One of the author's top ten books about ancient Rome, as shared at the Guardian:
How to Win an Election by Quintus Tullius Cicero (translated by Philip Freeman)Read about another book on the list.
The dirty tricks being played out in today’s headlines have a long pedigree. The original spin king may be Cicero’s younger brother, a ruthlessly effective campaign agent. Junior’s electioneering makes ours look tame. Wheel out your family even if they are dying, ruthlessly call in favours for votes, buy more with promises you never intend to keep, canvass people you despise, insult your rivals’ honesty, slander their immoral habits – then clinch it by exposing them as murderers. We have so much to learn!