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.
Well narrated and written. Wonderful portraits of McCain, Hillary and Obama and their behavior under the pressure of this campaign. Shocking revelations about Edwards' recklessness. McCain and Hillary are sincere but misguided. Obama shows nothing but grace. A must read (or hear).
I was surprised that this book held my interest in each section. It is an objective telling of what went on behind the scenes of the campaigns. It reveals the human side of the candidates in a nonpartisan way.
The narrative was great sport; there was enough catty tidbits about most of the characters who wish to lead us to remind one not to take any politician very seriously. The delicious irony of this book is the adoration that was poured on Obama and his immediate circle. Unfortunately Obama and his administration have not been able to live up to the great expectations. The author's adoration of Obama kept the juicy details of the Annointed One's faults and foibles out of the book. The Edwards reporting is priceless.
I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys political dirt. The most interesting tidbits will be found when an Obama insider goes rogue.
Enjoyed every bit from start to finish.
a handful of jaw dropping incidents exposed that will change so many myths.
Did not want it to end
I thought this was an extremely unbiased examination of what happened during the 2008 presidential election. Very interesting story -- well researched. Even though I knew "how it turned out" I discovered there was a whole lot I did not know.
Highly recommend -- regardless of your political persuasion.
A great bit of insider research went into getting and compiling notes from within political camps during the 2008 election for this work. Sadly and typically, the authors' bias skews the dialogue. Of course claiming to be non-biased, the authors come off showing themselves to be leftist hacks. Boutsikaris does an admirable job of presentation. (If you are a journalist trained and employed in main-stream media or otherwise Marxist in nature, you'll probably find this work perfectly balanced.)
The 2008 Presidential campaign and candidates was the first time that I followed an election "from start to finish" as close as I did. I really enjoyed this book and thought that the author did an excellent job in re-creating the 2008 elections.