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.
I really enjoyed Mark Halperin and John Heileman's Game Change so I decided to use a credit on Double Down. It was a credit well spent.
Let me say that once again Halperin and Heilemann takes the listener deep inside the real mechanics of political campaigns at the highest level.
Carefully researched without being at all dry, Double Down's insider's view reveals the miss-steps, slip-ups, and dumb luck that can doom or lift a presidential race.
Presidential campaigns are a lot like making sausage. Don't listen if you don't want to know what really goes on.
This another incredible insight into the 2012 elections...I'm already excited about their 2016 book.
Their insights and in-depth behind the scenes reporting pulls back the curtain on the state of present day elections.
If you want to know, this is the book to read. My biggest complaint may be I wish it was longer.
I've always been a wonk for all the nitty-gritty details in political stories and Halperin and Heilemann deliver that in stride. I felt as though the book was fair to both campaigns and tried to stay as neutral as possible which is good. You really get a good mindset for all the dealings, reactions, overreactions, highs and lows that come with running for office. If you like knowing all the behind-the-scenes details, this is a good book for you.
The foresight into the 2016 race with Clinton and Trump was also something I was paying attention to and I was impressed with how possible the authors implied this to be.
I didn't have any complaints with the narrator which is the highest praise I can think of. He was clear, concise and inflective at the appropriate times. I'd definitely listen to another book read by this narrator.
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!
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