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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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"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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    Robert Sloatsburg, NY, USA 01-27-10
    Robert Sloatsburg, NY, USA 01-27-10
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    "Excellent inside view"

    Well narrated and written. Wonderful portraits of McCain, Hillary and Obama and their behavior under the pressure of this campaign. Shocking revelations about Edwards' recklessness. McCain and Hillary are sincere but misguided. Obama shows nothing but grace. A must read (or hear).

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    Franklin Easley, SC, USA 02-22-10
    Franklin Easley, SC, USA 02-22-10
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    "Interesting and Insightful"

    I was surprised that this book held my interest in each section. It is an objective telling of what went on behind the scenes of the campaigns. It reveals the human side of the candidates in a nonpartisan way.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hal Newport, OR, United States 02-02-10
    Hal Newport, OR, United States 02-02-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Political smut"

    The narrative was great sport; there was enough catty tidbits about most of the characters who wish to lead us to remind one not to take any politician very seriously. The delicious irony of this book is the adoration that was poured on Obama and his immediate circle. Unfortunately Obama and his administration have not been able to live up to the great expectations. The author's adoration of Obama kept the juicy details of the Annointed One's faults and foibles out of the book. The Edwards reporting is priceless.

    I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys political dirt. The most interesting tidbits will be found when an Obama insider goes rogue.

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    Carolyn Wiseheart San Angelo, TX 01-28-10
    Carolyn Wiseheart San Angelo, TX 01-28-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved It!"

    I could not have loved this more! I'm so sad that it's over.

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    graham edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-27-10
    graham edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-27-10
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    Enjoyed every bit from start to finish.
    a handful of jaw dropping incidents exposed that will change so many myths.
    Did not want it to end

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    Beth Sterling, VA, United States 06-10-12
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    "Very interesting"

    I thought this was an extremely unbiased examination of what happened during the 2008 presidential election. Very interesting story -- well researched. Even though I knew "how it turned out" I discovered there was a whole lot I did not know.

    Highly recommend -- regardless of your political persuasion.

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    David SPRINGFIELD, VA, United States 10-08-11
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    "Waste of information"

    A great bit of insider research went into getting and compiling notes from within political camps during the 2008 election for this work. Sadly and typically, the authors' bias skews the dialogue. Of course claiming to be non-biased, the authors come off showing themselves to be leftist hacks. Boutsikaris does an admirable job of presentation. (If you are a journalist trained and employed in main-stream media or otherwise Marxist in nature, you'll probably find this work perfectly balanced.)

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    James Seattle, WA, United States 03-18-10
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    "I Just Loved This Book And Couldn't Get Enough!"

    The 2008 Presidential campaign and candidates was the first time that I followed an election "from start to finish" as close as I did. I really enjoyed this book and thought that the author did an excellent job in re-creating the 2008 elections.

    Loved it!!!

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    Susan Katy, TX, USA 02-21-10
    Susan Katy, TX, USA 02-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great behind-the-scenes accounts of all sides"

    Although the narrator could not properly pronounce the name of Obama's daughter, the stories from behind the scenes of multiple presidential campaigns was fascinating. The talk shows did not cover the best parts of this book. I was most interested in how decisions were made and why. FASCINATING!

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    "Good texture"

    Great reading. The book gives great texture to the campaigns. Well balanced and well written. It makes the candidates more human. What comes out of it is the distaste one has for the preying media. Candidate responses were more driven by how the media would reacte and cover it...rather than how the voters would reacte.

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