Granted, both examine the American system, but many of the principles have been adopted by political parties in Canada.
Sasha Issenberg’s “The Victory Lab,”, is an indispensable guide for how the current political machine functions. It provides a glimpse into the American political machine but much of his insights apply to domestic politics in Canada.
If time permits, and you desire more details on how politicians manipulate you, check out this review of The Victory Lab by Jeff Greenwood of the Washington Post.
Another great article on the tools used to manipulate the public is entitled The Lie Factory. It was written by Jill Lepore and published in the New Yorker on September, 24th, 2012.