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 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.
Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?
I previously read Dan Balz's book on the same subject but found Double Down to be much more researched and took you into the backrooms and dealings of each of the campaigns. I felt that this book allowed us to get a better idea of not just the candidates but also the players in each campaign and outside of the campaign. There were some very funny moments and some human moments, as well. Robert Fass speaks well.
If you want more juicy details, I would go with this book over Balz's book.
The insider's view of the 2012 presidential campaign. If you want mud to sling, if you are looking for juicy details and facts about the major players this is your book. This book will tell you of the main actors, the strategies and tactics both campaigns employed and the obstacles that had to be overcome. Looking for why Chris Christie was not chosen as VP here you'll find the reasons. Want to know why Romney did or did not do something you'll find the answer here. If you're interested in politics you will want to read this book.
Covering the use of new media by the Obama team, totally absent from the book.
Third-rate recap of Woodward-like insider stories, with no citations, that completely failed to address the highly successful use of new media by the Obama team. Not surprising, in retrospect, that an old-school media worker would either miss or choose not to cover this aspect of the campaign. The highly successful use of new media puts in question whether the millions spent on conventional advertising media -- money that indirectly pays the author's salary -- is a poor investment. This book has the potential, in future j-school courses, to be an example of why old media lost market share and died.
It's not what needed cutting -- although the constant use of dialogue that the authors must have heard about second- or third-hand is the antithesis of real reporting could have been reduced -- it's what wasn't covered at all. No new media techniques at all.
Waste of money, quite disappointing. Find him on CSPAN, watch that, and save both money and time.
The way in which Cris Christie positioned himself, with Pres. Obama and the Republican Party (no judgement) for future political gains, while genuinely displaying concern and compassion for the people of NJ during super storm Sandy.
Greater insight into the mindset of people around the US when it comes to the perception of what 'good' government is.
Although the Presidential race in 2012 seemed a tad boring, this book provides many revelations on how Obama's campaign team ran like a luxury vehicle and the Romney team was a lemon. Events went the right way for the Obama team, the only break for Romney was the Denver debate.
Any Democrat will love this book, while Republicans will hate it. Mitt Romney let the far right define his candidacy and it painted him into a corner. After the implosion of the Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty short-lived runs, Romney faces a bunch of clowns that brought him crashing to earth. Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachman, and Rick Perry come from a casting couch envisioned by the writers of Comedy Central's the Daily Show and Stephen Colbert.
Robert Fass reads dramatically and the listener gets caught up in the sense of history being made. Even though everyone knows the ending of the story, the narration provides many thrilling details to keep the listener spellbound.
Although the Romneys and the Huntsmans are related distantly and come from the same Mormon Utah background, the two families share plenty of bad blood. Also, that Rick Perry considers himself a serious politician and not as a comedic villain.
I can't wait for the movie version, even though Sarah Palin only plays a minor role in the 2012 campaign. The real story of the 47 percent tape was revealed on MSNBC, but it helped define Mitt "Moneybags" Romney.
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