In politics, finding the dirt is a multimillion-dollar business.
Its called opposition researchoppo to insiders. Few Americans are aware of its existence, yet oppo has become an integral part of the campaign process, hastening the implosion of countless office-seekers around the country.
For nearly two decades, former journalists Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian have been uncovering the buried truths about political candidates, from presidential appointees all the way down to local school-board hopefuls. Were with Nobody is the eye-opening account of their life as opposition researchersa remarkable adventure across the American political landscape and through the often seamy underbelly of U.S. politics. From doing battle with reluctant, sometimes purposefully misleading bureaucrats to arriving in an unmarked police car for a clandestine meeting on the New Jersey waterfront, Were with Nobody offers readers a revealing slice of national and political life: a close-up look at todays political process, the fallible men and women we often choose to represent us and the little-understood industry of trying to bring candidates weaknesses to light.
About the Author
Alan Huffman, Bolton, Mississippi, is a freelance journalist and author of five other nonfiction books including "Mississippi in Africa: The Saga of the Slaves of Prospect Hill Plantation and Their Legacy in Liberia" and "Ten Point: Deer Camp in the Mississippi Delta", both published by University Press of Mississippi. He has appeared on NPR and numerous other radio shows, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", PBS, Fox News, and other national TV shows.
Michael Rejebian has been a journalist and newspaper reporter in Texas and Mississippi; director of communications for the Office of Mayor, City of Jackson, Mississippi; political advisor to the Attorney General of Mississippi; and a partner in Huffman & Rejebian.
“This book floored me. I could not stop reading about the strange, dark world that helps determine who we elect and who sinks back into the muck. It is phenomenal; for me politics will never be the same.”
-SEBASTIAN JUNGER, author of War and The Perfect Storm
“A bright romp … A good book for anyone who has wondered how scandalous past behavior makes its way into campaign headlines.”
“This timely book lifts the curtain on political research to find dirt on opponents.”