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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. Heilemann and Halperin take us inside the Obama machine, where staffers referred to the candidate as "Black Jesus." They unearth the quiet conspiracy in the U.S. Senate to prod Obama into the race, driven in part by the fears of senior Democrats that Bill Clinton's personal life might cripple Hillary's presidential prospects. They expose the twisted tale of John Edwards's affair with Rielle Hunter, the truth behind the downfall of Rudy Giuliani, and the doubts of those responsible for vetting Palin about her readiness for the Republican ticket — along with the McCain campaign staff's worries about her fitness for office. And they reveal how, in an emotional late-night phone call, Obama succeeded in wooing Clinton, despite her staunch resistance, to become his secretary of state.

Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

Review:

"Though this book focuses on personal matters, not policy concerns, and though some of what will be its most talked about passages fall into the realm of gossip and reflect the views of chatty and, in some cases, bitter, regretful or spin-conscious aides, the volume does leave the reader with a vivid, visceral sense of the campaign and a keen understanding of the paradoxes and contingencies of history." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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In this narrative account of the 2008 presidential election, top-level journalists Heilemann and Halperin take readers inside the Obama machine, where staffers referred to Obama as "the Black Jesus." The book explores the impact of the Clintons' relationship on Hillary's campaign, and delves into the reasons behind McCain's decision to make Palin his running mate. It reveals the truth behind John Edwards' affair with Rielle Hunter, and explains how Obama convinced Hillary to become his secretary of state. Heilemann is a national political correspondent and columnist for New York magazine. Halperin is senior political analyst for Time magazine. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

From two of the best political reporters in the country comes the gripping inside story of the historic 2008 presidential election.

Synopsis:

“Its one of the best books on politics of any kind Ive read. For entertainment value, I put it up there with Catch 22.” —The Financial Times

 

“It transports you to a parallel universe in which everything in the National Enquirer is true….More interesting is what we learn about the candidates themselves: their frailties, egos and almost super-human stamina.” —The Financial Times

 

“I cant put down this book!” —Stephen Colbert

 

Game Change is the New York Times bestselling story of the 2008 presidential election, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the best political reporters in the country. In the spirit of Richard Ben Cramers What It Takes and Theodore H. Whites The Making of the President 1960, this classic campaign trail book tells the defining story of a new era in American politics, going deeper behind the scenes of the Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin campaigns than any other account of the historic 2008 election.

Synopsis:

"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 spell

About the Author

John Heilemann is the national political correspondent and columnist for New York magazine. An award-winning journalist and the author of Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era, he is a former staff writer for The New Yorker, Wired, and The Economist. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Mark Halperin is editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time magazine. He is the author of The Undecided Voter's Guide to the Next President and the coauthor of The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008. He has covered six presidential elections, including during his decade as the political director for ABC News. He lives in Manhattan.

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mtngardener, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by mtngardener)
I followed the 2008 campaign in the news, but this book was a revelation. There is information in this book that I did not see in the news and it was very informative. If you are planning on voting in the next presidential election, this is a book to read. I highly recommend it. I have listened to it twice on audio and plan on listening to it again in the future.
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olderwoker, June 14, 2010 (view all comments by olderwoker)
Definitely worth reading; even though I followed this campaign closely, the authors still found nuggets of information that were new. My one objection was that it was not as well written as I would've expected -- the authors used a lot of ghetto slang, Yiddish expressions, Italian words, as if they felt the need to pander to certain groups they expected to be reading this.

Overall, though, I enjoyed it.
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Nancy Harris, March 25, 2010 (view all comments by Nancy Harris)
This is a truly FASCINATING book for anyone who has ever voted or thought about voting!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061733635
Subtitle:
Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
Author:
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
Author:
Heilemann, John
Author:
John Heilemann
Author:
Halperin, Mark
Author:
Mark Halperin
Author:
Halpe
Author:
rin, Mark
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Political Process - Elections
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Obama, Barack
Subject:
McCain, John,
Subject:
Practical Politics
Subject:
Political Science-Political Process - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100111
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.41 in 21.2 oz

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Product details 464 pages Harper - English 9780061733635 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Though this book focuses on personal matters, not policy concerns, and though some of what will be its most talked about passages fall into the realm of gossip and reflect the views of chatty and, in some cases, bitter, regretful or spin-conscious aides, the volume does leave the reader with a vivid, visceral sense of the campaign and a keen understanding of the paradoxes and contingencies of history."
"Synopsis" by , From two of the best political reporters in the country comes the gripping inside story of the historic 2008 presidential election.
"Synopsis" by ,

“Its one of the best books on politics of any kind Ive read. For entertainment value, I put it up there with Catch 22.” —The Financial Times

 

“It transports you to a parallel universe in which everything in the National Enquirer is true….More interesting is what we learn about the candidates themselves: their frailties, egos and almost super-human stamina.” —The Financial Times

 

“I cant put down this book!” —Stephen Colbert

 

Game Change is the New York Times bestselling story of the 2008 presidential election, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the best political reporters in the country. In the spirit of Richard Ben Cramers What It Takes and Theodore H. Whites The Making of the President 1960, this classic campaign trail book tells the defining story of a new era in American politics, going deeper behind the scenes of the Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin campaigns than any other account of the historic 2008 election.

"Synopsis" by , "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 spell

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