A fun listen, but much of the book repeats political gossip from unnamed sources that should not be taken seriously. The book is also heavily biased in its take on the election. Obama comes off as perfect and every other candidate is portrayed as deeply flawed at best. With that said, I would recommend the book for any political junkie.
I got the book mostly because I wanted to understand why "my man" McCain chose Sarah Palin as a running mate. But I learned so much more from the book. My only criticism is that the book could have, and maybe should have, gone behind the scenes with the other candidates. Mike Huckabee would have made a fascinating study, because he was so different from the others, for example. Romney had to deal with the perceptions of his religion - not mentioned. And a lot more could have been said to round out the picture. Nothing was mentioned about McCain's mother campaigning with him, yet not a word was said about that. Bottom line: it should have been longer.
This was a great recap of one of the most exciting general election campaigns in history; certainly of my lifetime. The insights from behind the curtains of each campaign say a lot about who these people really are and why we may or may not be happy for whom we voted for in November 2008.
I have spent the past 27 years working the the polical consulting business, most producing printing and direct mail pieces(over 30million)
Nothing comes close to this book in telling you in great detail what really happened.
What sets it apart is this good have been very boring but reads like a Ludlum spy thriller when he was at his peak.
Just for pure entertainement you can not do better.
I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.
Best book on the inner workings of a presidential election ever. The is no left/right slant, just pure fact. Listen carfeully to the foreward, every fact was verified by at least three insiders. Finally a non-judgemental and true portrayal of the 2008 campaign. The media should take lessons from the authors on how to report verified fact.
I consider myself very up-to-date on politics in America, yet, on many occassions found myself surprised by the content of this book. The narrative is interesting and often makes one feel that it is fiction, though I believe almost all of it and understand that the information comes from credible, and unnamed sources. If you enjoy the "inside baseball" angle of politics, then you should not miss this book.
This inside account of what went on during the 2008 presidential election was quite an eye opener. There were many things I already knew, but just as much new information that I was unaware of.