"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
Avid history and fiction/non-fiction fan.
I love going through a book and getting the notion that I am somewhat normal when compared to the characters. Behind all of the glitz and media-hype, the politicians are just normal people, with common faults and shortcomings (so more than others). The size and depth of some of the egos mentioned defy imagination. All I can add further is given what is described in the book, I am glad the election turned out the way it did and fear for 2012.
It is unfortunate that some people will not take the time to understand what went on during this historical race. It is also a shame that some of us cannot see that together we are the greatest nation on earth but divided we look like a nation of fools. Thank you again for your work.
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'm not a person who likes politics. I would say I probably will never read this book but I love this audiobook. It's narrated in a very intriguing way such that people who like to listen to stories would love this book.
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.
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