An excerpt:

Raymond D. Strother, who has had as long a career in political consulting as just about anyone still at it, has absorbed some of the public’s revulsion for his profession. Throughout his memoir of a life spent trying to make politicians look good, he reflects the ambivalence and contradiction suggested by his title, Falling Up. Soon after he left Texas to start a career in Louisiana, he recalls, he was led to a whorehouse by a school board candidate who announced, "You pick, College Boy, I’m buying." Strother reports declining the offer and then recognizing one of the available girls; she had been in his high school in Port Arthur. "We were both in the process of selling a part of ourselves," he reflects, "a part that is not always easy to get back."

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