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Game Change Audiobook

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

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Publisher's Summary

"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

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    Fergus Dover, NH, United States 04-19-10
    Fergus Dover, NH, United States 04-19-10
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    "Great Story Well Told"

    I heard Halperin given a promo interview and he insisted there was plenty of good stuff in the book that hadn't made the initial media splash - and he was telling the truth. While the broad storyline was known - you mean the Titanic sinks in the end? - that didn't ruin the telling at all. This is a must-read/hear for anyone with a strong interest in politics.

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    Mike Chicago, IL, United States 04-15-10
    Mike Chicago, IL, United States 04-15-10 Member Since 2016
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    "When it's good, it's great."

    For this most part game change should be a document for the history books. If you payed attention to the 2008 election you've hear it all before. That being said, what is really shocking is the things that take you by surprise. What you'll hear about John Edwards will shock you, regardless of your political views. The behind the scenes look at Sarah Palin is both intriguing and shocking.

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    Kerry Belleville, NJ, United States 03-31-10
    Kerry Belleville, NJ, United States 03-31-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Listen"

    I thought I knew what happened in the 2008 election. Turned out I only knew the surface. If you like the backstory this is a very creditworthy book. The authors did their homework and explained a lot of the ins and outs of an historic presidential campaign.

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    Patricia Rock Hill, SC, USA 03-29-10
    Patricia Rock Hill, SC, USA 03-29-10
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    "Game Change (Unabridged) is a winner"

    I could not stop listening. This book gives listeners an exciting behind the scenes look at the inner workings of the 2008 Presidential Race.
    A fascinating book.

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    David Westlake, OH, United States 03-21-10
    David Westlake, OH, United States 03-21-10
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    "Shows what the politicians are like"

    Interesting reading. Gives a good look at the people who would lead this country. It shows that in most cases they will lie, exagerate, cheat and mislead the american public to gain positions of power. Before reading this book, I felt that they all were a pack of thieves in the pockets of special interest groups. Now I am more convinced then ever

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    Laurie East Millstone, NJ, United States 03-18-10
    Laurie East Millstone, NJ, United States 03-18-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating!"

    Not a book I'd be drawn to but the reviews here were so good I gave it a try and I'm glad I did. It was informative and thought-provoking, and the narration was just superb. Loved the references to "Hillary-Land" and "McCain-World"!

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    Charles Henderson 03-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Thank you for the work!"

    It is unfortunate that some people will not take the time to understand what went on during this historical race. It is also a shame that some of us cannot see that together we are the greatest nation on earth but divided we look like a nation of fools. Thank you again for your work.

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    Lucy Brown 02-27-10
    Lucy Brown 02-27-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "Loved This Book!!"

    Narrator was great (except for mispronouncing some names). The "inside" story fascinated me! Inspiring to see the challenges Obama faced and overcame to attain his goals!!

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    Jeremiah 02-21-10
    Jeremiah 02-21-10 Member Since 2015
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    "A Fast and Enjoyable Listen"

    A fun listen, but much of the book repeats political gossip from unnamed sources that should not be taken seriously. The book is also heavily biased in its take on the election. Obama comes off as perfect and every other candidate is portrayed as deeply flawed at best. With that said, I would recommend the book for any political junkie.

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    Allison Wu 02-19-10
    Allison Wu 02-19-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Narrator"

    I'm not a person who likes politics. I would say I probably will never read this book but I love this audiobook. It's narrated in a very intriguing way such that people who like to listen to stories would love this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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