“Number 3 book of the year!” – The Washington Monthly
“What’s consistently funny about the book is that for all that Martin Eisenstadt is an obvious parody, there is a striking similarity between his character and demeanor and those of many of the people you routinely encounter in green rooms and cocktail parties around Washington. This time, like the last time, the joke goes both ways. That’s why I intend it as real praise when I say that I Am Martin Eisenstadt is the best fake memoir of the campaign season.” ―Joshua Green, Atlantic Monthly
“Washington has no shortage of pundits who pretend to know what they’re talking about. But there’s a real dearth of pretend pundits–and even fewer who will talk about why they’re pretending in the first place.” ―Rick Klein, ABC News
“Laugh-out loud funny!” ―Byron C. Tau, Roll Call
In the days after the 2008 presidential election, we heard that Sarah Palin thought Africa was one big country. We heard that the leak came from Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser. And then, within forty-eight hours, we heard that he was a fraud, a fake, and that Martin Eisenstadt didn’t exist.
Maybe he doesn’t. But in a world where “news” can spread like wildfire on the Internet and a hoax can tell you more about politics than the facts, Martin Eisenstadt―whose blog and think tank fooled the world―has something to tell us. With the savviness of Primary Colors and the playfulness of Forrest Gump, his book is a mix of political intrigue, campaign-trail escapades, and cyberspace detective work. From debate preparation with Sarah Palin to his mother’s basement (yes, he still lives at home), from Liberation of Iraq softball games to Saturday Night Live; from his campaign for casinos in the Green Zone to happy hour in Washington, we follow a neocon pundit on his travels. This is his version of the election campaign.
Martin Eisenstadt: Hoaxster? Hero? You decide.
Additional Book Details
- Farar, Strauss, Giroux
- Dan Mirvish/Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy