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.
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.)
Its hard to make a pancake so flat that it only has one side but the authors seem to have done it. I loved their research and attention to detail and for giving us such an intimate glimpse into the private lives and character of some modern high profile politicians. I just find it a little hard to believe that all the politicians they researched were so flawed, profane, lacking basic civility or so stupid and incompetent except for one... "The Anointed One"(TAO). They accurately criticize the free ride the press gave TAO in the campaign and then do the exact same thing in their book. Is America this hard up for leaders that there was only one choice for a moral, competent person without baggage last time around? Where are the modern Washingtons, Lincolns, Jeffersons, Adams, or my personal modern favorite, Truman? What does it say about the moral strength of a democracy that can't produce decent, competent leaders? The book made me feel sad for a country that I love that seems to have lost it's moral compass. I think its a must read but I don't believe the authors were honest in there portrayal of TAO... I hope I'm wrong and he really is that good and perfect of a person as the book says he and his family are. Heaven knows that's what we need in the White House.
The behind-the-scenes feeling that I hard while listening was different than other political books I have read.
Theodore White's book on JFK would be the closest because of an insider's look at political intrigue.
John McCain's complete ignorance of the what makes leader's great.
Extraordinary look at several campaign's efforts to win office
Great review of all the campaigns' efforts to win. Current movie only relates the story of how and why McCain lost. Bad judgment appears to be the downfall of many a man.
Production credits at the end of this recording identify companies rather than individuals. That may not be why there are so many obvious edits, mispronunciations and really, really cheesy cliches in the text, but the book and the recording evidence a rush to finish rather than an effort to create a lasting work of history.
Waiting until the second part of the book to begin talking about the McCain campaign leaves the first section feeling thin and perhaps biased. But the story focuses intently on the personal aspect of politics, how very small personal moments impact lasting decisions.
Hillary and Sarah Palin are both accused of being unbalanced; John McCain's and Hillary's daughters both receive negative comparisons to hookers; and guessing which of the two people in any particular conversation is the source for the authors is almost impossible to avoid.
It's a long ride, and you already know the way it turns out, but there are moments of real drama along the way and a number of new stories to boot. It's a shame the narration is as sloppy as the writing itself often is, but the rewards more than make up for the problems.
This book very well summarizes the Obama/Biden, Edwards, Clinton and McCain/Palin campaigns warts and all. It's nice to see truly fair and balanced information in the historical record of this campaign. Highly recommended for any news junkie, politico, historian, or journalist who really wants the inside scoop of the 2008 elections.
The book became boring after a couple hours of listening. Nearly all of this information is a retread of what's already been presented by the talking heads on tv or in mainstream media. I wish I hadn't wasted my credit.
Fascinating book. The author brings us behind the scene and gives us a much more personal views of all the candidates in 2008. Not only informative. but also entertaining.