The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell


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Simon & Schuster
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5.6 X 0.3 X 8.3 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Alec MacGillis is a senior reporter for ProPublica and the recipient of the George Polk Award, the Robin Toner prize, and other honors. He worked previously at The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and The New Republic, and his journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and other publications. His ProPublica reporting on Dayton, Ohio was the basis of a PBS Frontline documentary about the city. He is the author of The Cynic, a 2014 biography of Mitch McConnell. He lives in Baltimore.


"Not many people have a clear idea of who McConnell is, or how he evolved, or why he does the things he does....This is the story Alec MacGillis tells in his concise, fast-moving ebook about McConnell, The Cynic. It's full of things I hadn't known....He also helps explain how someone without the obvious political gifts of speechmaking or glad-handing has stayed in national office for 30 years and is favored to be there at least six years more. And if you'd like even more first-hand evidence of what has happened to the Senate, you'll find it here--all in less than two hours' reading time."--James Fallows " "
"The best portrait of McConnell"
"As Alec MacGillis's excellent new book on McConnell makes clear, the Kentucky senator's top priority has always been not ideology but his own political advancement and survival."
"While MacGillis writes with the passion of a convert, he isn't some liberal hack whom Republicans can coolly dismiss. He is a thorough and well-trained reporter happily unburdened from the dispassionate constraints of he-said-she-said journalism....In 'The Cynic, ' MacGillis constructs his profile around interviews with long-lost friends, colleagues and enemies--more than 75 of them for this slim volume--who have known the subject since their provincial early days."--The Washington Post
"A fiercely critical biography (entitled, tellingly, 'The Cynic')."--Los Angeles Times