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.
Great book, interesting information on the Obama vs Romney campaigns... Very insightful. I would recommend it to anyone who want a over picture with details on the reasons why Obama won and why Romney grafted.
Helperin and Heilemann have once again provided a hugely entertaining chronicle of the spectacle we have come to know as an American Presidential election cycle. Much like their insiders take of the 2008 election in Game Change, Double Down is equal parts historical narrative, electioneering for dummies, and tabloidesque dish on the players and personalities behind both the democratic and republican campaigns. The narrative deftly jumps between team Obama's year long re-election campaign and the Republican primaries and Romney campaign. There are lots of fascinating details throughout mixed with revealing and at times, juicy tidbits about the candidates that could only have come from a retinue of insiders. The authors don't pull any punches here with either side, though some may detect a slight team Obama bias. Nevertheless, clearly the authors have done their homework here and are establishing themselves as the preeminent chroniclers of modern American Presidential politics. I found this thoroughly entertaining and informative throughout and will eagerly await a hoped for post 2016 follow up.
I don't know, most of the book I heard on the evening news
he was okay
not in my opinion
none at this time
Their first book gave new info and insight on the campaign and presented it as a compelling read. This one feels like warmed over old news and is written that way. Keep looking something to keep me interested. Sorry to say I drifted away and learned nothing.
This is an excellent view in to the world of elections. Game change was very good but I actually thought this was better. If you like politics, you will LOVE this book!
I would like to have seen more inside information such as, Eric Fehrnstrom's role. What was going on in that campaign?
I would have liked one of the authors do the narration.
No matter how much people try to humanize Mitt Romney it just does not work. It strikes me that in the book, and in a recent documentary Mitt Romney never, not once, addresses the plight of people who are, by no fault of their own economically suffering. He is just so indifferent.
Yes if they wanted to go behind the scenes of the GOP presidential nomination.
Game Chang because this one is the sequel.
The story about Obama is kinda boring. But the story about the GOP candidates is pure gold.
Much as I enjoyed the inside info on both campaigns, I would not re-listen.
Reminds me of Doris Kearns Goodwin's meticulously researched works.
He slips "into character", using modified accents of candidates such as Rick Perry.
What a big-bucks business politics was and is in the US.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Highly recommended.
The authors scored again with a candid, unbiased look at the election of 2012. If you're a news junkie this is a must listen...to discover who knew what when and how they reacted to the information. All of the candidates become human beings rather than the processed meat their "advisors" presented to the public, and the conclusion is the American Voting Public elected the right men for the job. Although not as humorous as "Game Change", (where was the Sarah Palin character?), "Double Down" has enough human interest to last through out the book.
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