John Heilemann and Mark Halperin set the national conversation on fire with their best-selling account of the 2008 presidential election, Game Change. In Double Down, they apply their unparalleled access and storytelling savvy to the 2012 election, rendering an equally compelling narrative about the circus-like Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney, and the trials, tribulations, and Election Day triumph of Barack Obama.
Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier. In 2008, he believed, voters had bet on a hope; in 2012, they passed positive judgment on what he'd actually done, allowing him to avert a loss that would have rendered his presidency a failed, one-term accident.
For the Republicans, on the other hand, 2012 not only offered a crushing verdict but an existential challenge: to rethink and reconstitute the party or face irrelevance - or even extinction. Double Down is the occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of an election of singular importance.
Game Change, Double Down, these guys write political books that read like thrillers - I feel like a fly on the wall during the campaign and the book is written so well! I can hardly wait to go behind the scenes of the trump campaign for the next one!
It's not as good as Game Change, but 2012 is not 2008. Yes, it's just stories, and just about people, nothing high minded here. But these are the people who run the political system and affect our lives. It's amazing to see how fragile and human they are.
A fascinating inside look at the personal dynamics involved in the 2012 election. I recommend listening to Game Change by the same authors, which is about the 2008 election, first.
If you're a politico you'll enjoy this book! Authors cover the entire scene and spread of candidates in a hard-fought election year. The story is detailed and drags in a couple of places but overall is well done.
I'm a political junkie so this book was right up my alley. An excellent Behind the scenes account of what went on in the various candidates' campaigns.
As a political junkie, I love this type of thing. This provides a deep analysis of the events of the 2012 cycle in a depth that you can't get in our current news environment. A must-listen!
I aud a lot of books.
This double down was definitely not a game changer. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Especially since that's the kind of writing you can expect in this book.
I have no idea.
It was fine.
President Obama is much tougher than he shows publicly, Mitt Romney much less so, and Jon Huntsman has a whole lot of big negatives that never came out during his brief time as a potential candidate.
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