"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
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.
this book kept me listening but it seemed to use the kid gloves when it came to Obama. everybody in the book was deeply flawed except for him
Well written, researched, interesting supermarket tabloid. Not Beautiful People of 2008, just one beautiful person now President, Barack Obama. His story was the main feature. Unfortunately other mentioned also-ran had the sort of intellectual and emotional flaws that kept them from the front cover. This book should become a classic example of what can be done to keep the mystic alive past the honeymoon first year.
Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years
I have to admit the John Edwards narrative was quite entertaining.
When they talked about how the Clintons were operating behind the scenes.
It read like a good political drama-thriller. I couldn't put it down. I immediately started to replay it to listen to any things I may have missed the first time around.
Now that we know the outcome, this connects a lot of the dots that were in question. As avidly as I followed the 'Race', I was surprised at how much is revealed in retrospect. This is an interesting book that is revealing and doesn't hurt anyone.
The mud held my interest.
The authors politics, however, are as ingratiating and fawning as can be expected from these beltway boys.
I had heard so much about this book and the behind the scenes stories of an amazing election but I could not finish due to the language. Lord help us if all the candidates that were running used such words. Shame on you.
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