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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime | [John Heilemann, Mark Halperin]

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

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 occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.
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Publisher's Summary

"This shit would be really interesting if we weren't in the middle of it."--Barack Obama, September 2008

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.

But despite the wall-to-wall media coverage of this spellbinding drama, remarkably little of the real story behind the headlines has yet been told. In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the country's leading political reporters, use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. How did Obama convince himself that, despite the thinness of his résumé, he could somehow beat the odds to become the nation's first African-American president? How did the tumultuous relationship between the Clintons shape - and warp - Hillary's supposedly unstoppable bid? What was behind her husband's furious outbursts and devastating political miscalculations? Why did McCain make the novice governor of Alaska his running mate? And was Palin merely painfully out of her depth - or troubled in more serious ways?

Game Change answers those questions and more, laying bare the secret history of the 2008 campaign. This is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel.

©2010 John Heilemann and Mark Halperin; (P)2010 HarperAudio

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    "Good one"

    A good book, well written and well narrated. Thanks to Audible for having this in store

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    Clayton Dallas, TX, United States 05-22-10
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    "Inside view of an extraordinary campaign"

    If you are interested in politics, you will enjoy Heilemann and Halperin's insider view of the 2008 presidential campaign. The audio book is well done and I listened to the entire book. Even with a insider's look at all the blemishes of the candidates, I came away with a sense that we elected the right man in Barack Obama, and that Hillary Clinton is a remarkable person. Obama made the right choice is asking her to be Secretary of State.

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    Susan Winters, CA, USA 05-21-10
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    Excellent book to listen to. Well read and very interesting

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    V.D. BEAVERCREEK, OH, United States 05-12-10
    V.D. BEAVERCREEK, OH, United States 05-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "fun and informative, well-read"

    it was a very enjoyable book, lots of fun facts, and the narrator does it justice

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    Katail St.Louis,Mo 05-11-10
    Katail St.Louis,Mo 05-11-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Can jump into anywhere."

    I loved this non fiction book with all the back room, inside "dirt" on the leading players in the run up to the 2008 presidential elections!
    I especially liked the way it didn't matter which chapter you listened to because they could all stand alone.
    This book was perfect for audio listening!

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    Fergus Dover, NH, United States 04-19-10
    Fergus Dover, NH, United States 04-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story Well Told"

    I heard Halperin given a promo interview and he insisted there was plenty of good stuff in the book that hadn't made the initial media splash - and he was telling the truth. While the broad storyline was known - you mean the Titanic sinks in the end? - that didn't ruin the telling at all. This is a must-read/hear for anyone with a strong interest in politics.

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    Mike Chicago, IL, United States 04-15-10
    Mike Chicago, IL, United States 04-15-10 Member Since 2010
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    "When it's good, it's great."

    For this most part game change should be a document for the history books. If you payed attention to the 2008 election you've hear it all before. That being said, what is really shocking is the things that take you by surprise. What you'll hear about John Edwards will shock you, regardless of your political views. The behind the scenes look at Sarah Palin is both intriguing and shocking.

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    Kerry Belleville, NJ, United States 03-31-10
    Kerry Belleville, NJ, United States 03-31-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Listen"

    I thought I knew what happened in the 2008 election. Turned out I only knew the surface. If you like the backstory this is a very creditworthy book. The authors did their homework and explained a lot of the ins and outs of an historic presidential campaign.

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    David Westlake, OH, United States 03-21-10
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    "Shows what the politicians are like"

    Interesting reading. Gives a good look at the people who would lead this country. It shows that in most cases they will lie, exagerate, cheat and mislead the american public to gain positions of power. Before reading this book, I felt that they all were a pack of thieves in the pockets of special interest groups. Now I am more convinced then ever

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    Laurie East Millstone, NJ, United States 03-18-10
    Laurie East Millstone, NJ, United States 03-18-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Fascinating!"

    Not a book I'd be drawn to but the reviews here were so good I gave it a try and I'm glad I did. It was informative and thought-provoking, and the narration was just superb. Loved the references to "Hillary-Land" and "McCain-World"!

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