From Publishers Weekly The rise and fall of the Sawyer Miller Group, a political consultancy firm, makes for a whirlwind look at international electioneering in this thoroughly engrossing book. The firm grew out of a partnership among the political neophytes who essentially invented the American-style of campaigning and served as backroom strategists in every presidential contest from Nixon to George W. Bush. Editor at TheTimes in London, Harding draws on over 200 interviews to reconstruct the behind-the-scenes history of the Sawyer Miller Group’s meteoric rise to power and influence, offering an intimate look at the firm’s involvement in global politics—its hand in steering Corazon Aquino to power in the Philippines, its clients’ successful campaigns in South America and its machinations in Chile and Israel. The author closes the main part of his narrative in the early 1990s, with the firm’s crushing defeat in Peru, a company shift toward corporate clients (e.g., Coca-Cola) and an acrimonious buyout. Though Harding spends little time on domestic politics or his protagonists’ personal lives, this fascinating book vividly renders political history with clear insight and rich detail. (May) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.