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Double Down: Game Change 2012

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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.

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    harry PLEASANTON, CA, United States 12-17-13
    harry PLEASANTON, CA, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Companion to Game Change"

    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.




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    S. Dillon 08-04-17
    S. Dillon 08-04-17 Member Since 2014

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    "presidential elections are depressing"

    I liked this book, and I like the authors. (They really hammer the title in over and over. Jeez.) But after awhile, the gladiatorial spectacle of the whole campaign just got really taxing. The minutiae of the interactions and everything. I remember that campaign pretty well, and the events were familiar. The backstory was interesting. But about 2/3 through I, as a listener, changed, and just got worn out by it. Looking forward to being totally bummed by what I assume they're developing about 2016.

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    surya 07-02-17
    surya 07-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Better than Game Change"

    I like reading political and economic books but I was little hesitant to use a credit on this or Game Change since I figured it was no use brooding over the past. I picked up Game Change first and I guess it didn't live up to the expectations. So, it only added to my hesitation to pick this one up. But, this is outright one of the best books I read in the recent past. While Game Change felt a lot biased exploring the democratic nomination and general election campaign in detail and just skimming over the Republican side of the nomination and general election campaigns, this book dives deep into both sides of the aisle and presents a balanced perspective. Love all the struggles that Mitt Romney had to go through before he ended up being the nominee and how he fell short of the presidency after all of it.

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    Siobhan Ricci 06-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Same Change"

    It's just another tail of the elephants in the room losing the race. Whenever again

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    Addicted to Amazon Austin, TX 10-30-16
    Addicted to Amazon Austin, TX 10-30-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Another win"

    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.

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    Tom M 10-26-16
    Tom M 10-26-16
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    "Great read if you like modern politics"

    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.

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    Evan G. 03-26-16
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    "Another Masterpiece for Political Aficionados"

    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!

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    Amr 02-22-16
    Amr 02-22-16
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    "Good insider telling of the 2012 election"

    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.

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    S. Resler San Jose, CA 12-05-15
    S. Resler San Jose, CA 12-05-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great for political junkies"

    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.

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    Lois Creamer St. Louis, MO 08-15-15
    Lois Creamer St. Louis, MO 08-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great insider report of the 2012 election .."

    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.

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