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Game Change Audiobook
Game Change
Written by: 
John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
Narrated by: 
Dennis Boutsikaris
Game Change Audiobook

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race 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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    Allison Wu 02-19-10
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    "Great Narrator"

    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.

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    Doris 02-17-10
    Doris 02-17-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Should have been longer"

    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.

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    Howard W. 02-17-10
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    "Game Change"

    A fascinating look behind the scenes of the 2008 election.

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    "Great Listen"

    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
    Arjun Thornhill, ON, Canada 02-16-10 Member Since 2015

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

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    "Awesome!"

    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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    Louie 02-12-10
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    "Excellent Book"

    Really enjoyed the insight into the inner workings of the campaign and the players.

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    James columbus, OH, United States 02-11-10
    James columbus, OH, United States 02-11-10 Member Since 2015

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "wow"

    very interesting to hear how things work behind the candidate. How certain candidates staff's unable to work together destroyed chances to win vs. other candidates who stood out and won. I have a much better feel and understanding of the campain process

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    Ronald Bricker 02-04-10
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    "reality 101"

    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
    Tim Furlong, PA, USA 02-02-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating"

    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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