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08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail [Kindle Edition]

Michael Crowley , Dan Goldman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Graphic Retelling Of The Most Historic Election Of Our Time

Beyond the pandering focus groups, the billion-dollar fund-raising machinery, and the relentless myopia of the 24-hour news cycle, it was clear that something deep in the American psyche was stirring as the rumblings of the 2008 election first began. 08’ follows the epic 2008 presidential campaign and its dramatic cast of characters: the inevitable former first lady with a terrible plan to win, the freshman African-American Senator who skyrockets onto the national stage, and a former POW’s hangdog campaign that overcomes both a Mormon Governor and a thrice-married (occasionally cross-dressing) Mayor.

Taking its cur from campaign classics like Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 and The Making of the President Series, 08 brings politico journalism into the graphic novel form. Reflect on all the single-issue candidates, the pundits, the meltdowns, the awkward missteps, and the ruthless maneuvers of the scorched-earth campaign trail as they knit themselves into a political tale of the present-day battle for the future of America.

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About the Author

MICHAEL CROWLEY is a Senior Editor at The New Republic and a frequent political commentator of MSNBC.

DAN GOLDMAN is the artist of the critically acclaimed graphic novel Shooting War.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8934 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (April 21, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026LTNL8
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for wonks; fair for others February 10, 2009
08's self-description as a "graphic diary" is to let the reader know what he'll get is not a comic book-style retelling of the campaign, but an illustrated, slide-show style recap of the campaign, with occasional commentary by two fictional beat reporters.

On those merits, the book is great for those who were on the blogs every minute; every twist and turn is recounted in beautiful black and white pop art. Nothing new will be revealed by the book, but it has a very entertaining nostalgia factor.

One criticism, however, is that about halfway through, the narrative stops explaining things. Someone new to the campaign, or ten years from now, will have trouble understanding the context or the figures (e.g., Gov. Bill Richardson does not get a caption despite being drawn in such a way that his beard makes him look fundamentally different from his primary race depiction; also, no caption for Sen. Edward Kennedy, who while famous to policy wonks, is not that recognizable). The implosion of the Clinton campaign, which was the subject of a fascinating review in The Atlantic, is reduced to cable television-worthy sound bites; similarly, Joe the Plumber is reduced to his celebrity and not the arguments over fiscal policy that dominated the last month of the campaign.

I would recommend this product to anyone who has the Shepard Fairey Obama poster; it's got a similar iconic and sentimental value, and is definitely worth it for those reasons.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of a historical election January 30, 2009
"08" is a fast-paced, intelligent romp through the presidential election as experienced through media coverage.

Writer Micheal Crowley maintains his journalistic integrity by avoiding hyperbolic snark and potshots at either party while keeping a subtle wit. In the telling of campaign plays and surprises that sometimes took months to unravel, Crowley keeps the book from dragging with a rapid-fire play-by-play of a tight ballgame. Dialogue from candidates and pundits are quoted, rather than satirized and Crowley's careful editing keeps a balanced arc of the lows and highs of key players.

Likewise, Dan Goldman's graphic portrayals are unmistakably recognizable, yet never delve into political caricature. His careful control shows a pathos in his characters even at their most ruthless. As in "Shooting War", Goldman lets his panels drift into television and internet media contexts, often incorporating high contrast photo and video stills. "08" showcases Goldman's sharp design skills in weaving the narrative, key words (often used texturally) and campaign/media logos.

"08" will no doubt remain a thrilling account of the race for the 44th president long after we have settled into out new administration.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A. Reid
A brilliant book for the majority of the country that's still celebrating. 08 is a true blow-by-blow trip down memory lane. A must have for those still suffering from election fever (like me) who want to relive a very exciting year in American history. The art is top notch, and I was surprised to find how powerful the story could be in graphic novel form. All the highs (and lows) of the campaign trail are here. As a fan of both political science and the graphic novel this is a very rare and special thing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and Informative February 1, 2009
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08 is fun to read. It also reminded me of some of the small things that came up during this historic campaign that I might otherwise have forgotten as the current, daily news cycle becomes crowded with other, more pressing topics.

For instance, the pig-wearing-lipstick dust up, Sarah Palin's wardrobe costs, the fist bump of the Obamas, and Hillary drinking boilermakers in a Pennsylvania bar are small, yet telling points about a campaign that just couldn't be predicted and, in the end, defied convention wisdom by seeing a man of color capture the White House.

I think it's important for potential readers not to expect too much of this little book. While it does offer a capsule of the campaign and showcases its highs (and lows), the format really doesn't offer much opportunity for the authors to analyze the meaning behind the action. For that we will have to wait for a more traditional campaign chronicle in the mold of Theodore White's "The Making of the President" books or Richard Ben Cramer's brilliant "What It Takes: The Way to the White House," which is to my mind the very best campaign analysis ever written.

That said, I recommend "08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail." Not only is it a good reminder for those of us who followed the campaign closely, but it is a solid orientation for those of us who may not have tuned in very closely. In that regard, this little graphic novel might make a good supplemental history text for high school students studying the democratic process.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing graphic time capsule! January 29, 2009
Wow---what an excellent time capsule of a crazy, soul searching (and soul sucking) election. Crowley and Goldman cover every nook and cranny in a beautiful mash of sound bites and graphics. Grab this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is just a recap of the last two years. In some ways I wish it was bigger and longer.
I wish they would go back and make more books like this about past elections, mainly 2000.
It is nothing hard hitting or profound. But it is a fun read with great art work. If you are going to be on air plane or sitting on a bus for a while it is a good book to take with you, then give to a friend when you are done.
I saw this book at Barnes & Nobles for almost $30. I snaped a picture on my phone and looked up on Amazon and got my copy for under $10!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good fun
I had almost forgotten just how exciting the recent presidential election was when I picked up 08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail. Read more
Published on October 3, 2009 by jabber
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done
The 2008 campaign was really something - a genuinely compelling story, and sure to be one thing people study about the history of America centuries from now. Read more
Published on February 6, 2009 by Steve C
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on this subject, illustrated or otherwise.
I honestly can't think of enough good things to say about this book. The '08 election was one of our nation's most entertaining and fascinating presidential elections to date, and... Read more
Published on February 1, 2009 by Robert Timony
5.0 out of 5 stars A look at the most important election of our generation
In the future, I fully expect 08 to be a defining moment for both the Graphic Novel and the kind of reportage it can create. Read more
Published on January 31, 2009 by Zarkov
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this book NOW.
It's genius - the arc of the campaign was never so clear when we were all living through it. History has just been made. Get your copy of it here.
Published on January 29, 2009 by Alice Bain
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Knew?
I'm not really a comic book guy, despite many of my friends trying to get me to read "graphic novels" over and over again. Read more
Published on January 29, 2009 by Justin Bolognino
5.0 out of 5 stars American History In The Making
This Presidential election made history. So did this Graphic Novel. Michael Crowley's coverage was outstanding. Read more
Published on January 29, 2009 by Dorothy Petropoulos
3.0 out of 5 stars Great package on important history
This book is perfect for readers new to the graphic novel format, as it takes us through one of the most important campaigns in United States history by using the visual language... Read more
Published on January 29, 2009 by Bronze King
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