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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain…

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a… (2010)

by John Heilemann, Mark Halperin

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Talk about being a fly on the wall.... This book was fascinating. It tells the stories of the three main presidential contenders in 2008: Obama, Hillary Clinton and McCain, with a little bit about Edwards included for good measure. The differences in their styles was profound, from the reasons they each chose to run, to their decision making processes, to the campaign teams they assembled and how those teams worked. The part about how Palin was chosen was scary. I don't know if the author was an Obama partisan, but you certainly come away from this book feeling like we elected the person who was best equipped to lead the country. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
I found it very interesting. It's easy to get caught up in the public personas and forget that these folks are just people.

Well done and entertaining as well as informative and interesting. ( )
  amcheri | Aug 22, 2016 |
What a riveting read! I have wanted to read this book since the day it came out - can't believe it took me this long to do so. The access these reporters got to so many of the players involved makes this a can't-put-down book. There is so much to mine here: the field of also-rans, the primaries, the highlights we all saw & remember, the low points we suspected but no one would confirm. To see what went into the most electrifying election in my lifetime was fascinating. Can't wait to get my hands on Double Down :) ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
Very good. Amazing and surreal at times. Most of the book (over 50%) focuses on the Democratic primary race. Scary stuff about Edwards and Palin. At times was annoyed with the 'big words' used throughout and references to 'world/land' when talking about the candidates camps but did not overshaddow the overall effectiveness of the narrative. Very good and entertaining. Truth is definitely stranger than fiction! ( )
  Charlie-Ravioli | Jan 18, 2016 |
Fascinating, really quite unputdownable. An insider's look at what was going on in the political campaigns of the presidential contenders in 2008. ( )
  librarymary09 | May 24, 2014 |
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added by Shortride | editLondon Review of Books, David Runciman (pay site) (Mar 25, 2010)
Game Change is gripping in its own, nonfiction, airport-thriller kind of way. Lightly presented and filled with glib generalizations and cheap shots, this is political reporting as melodramatic beach read... But readers wanting to know what really happened in the 2008 election and what it meant for the nation should look elsewhere.
added by Shortride | editPopmatters, Chris Barsanti (Feb 1, 2010)
Perhaps a warning label could be conjured for this type of format: "While pleasant and not injurious to your health, it may strain credibility receptors."
Heilemann and Halperin have conducted hundreds of interviews to provide the inside story of the 2008 campaign, longer on vignettes and backstage gossip than on analysis. But if their racy account provides little context for Obama’s rise, it vividly shows how character flaws large and small caused his opponents to self-destruct.
Though this book focuses on personal matters, not policy concerns, and though some of what will be its most talked about passages fall into the realm of gossip and reflect the views of chatty and, in some cases, bitter, regretful or spin-conscious aides, the volume does leave the reader with a vivid, visceral sense of the campaign and a keen understanding of the paradoxes and contingencies of history.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061733636, Hardcover)

In 2008, the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something from the realm of fiction. The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama. The shocking fall of the House of Clinton—and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama's partner and America's face to the world. The mercurial performance of John McCain and the mesmerizing emergence of Sarah Palin.

Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

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Two journalists offer the inside story of the 2008 race for the White House, explaining the reasons behind the rise of Barack Obama, the breakdown of Hilary Clinton's campaign, and McCain's choice of Sarah Palin for a running mate.

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