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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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    Howard W. 02-17-10
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    A fascinating look behind the scenes of the 2008 election.

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    Amazon Customer RIDLEY PARK, PA, United States 02-17-10
    Amazon Customer RIDLEY PARK, PA, United States 02-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    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.

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    Jim westfield, NJ, USA 02-16-10
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    "Awesome beyond words!"

    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.

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    Arjun Thornhill, ON, Canada 02-16-10 Member Since 2013

    I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.

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    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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    We need to KNOW these people as they really are. Personal qualities are key. When you finish this book the question of who's hands our future should be in is answered. Couldn't stop listening.

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    Tim Furlong, PA, USA 02-02-10
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    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.

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    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.

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    I found this book to be thouroughly enjoyable. The narrator rocked.

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