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About the Author

Ford O’Connell is a highly-regarded political analyst and Republican strategist who was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns and Elections magazine. A seasoned campaign veteran, Mr. O’Connell worked on a number of campaigns, including the 2008 McCain-Palin presidential race. A frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and other broadcast media, his political commentary has appeared in publications from USA Today to People magazine to ESPN.com. Mr. O’Connell earned graduate degrees from the University of Virginia School of Law, Duke University, Northwestern University and the University of Mississippi, in addition to an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492156884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492156888
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GV on November 14, 2013
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Big fan of the book and the long overdue advice it offers. Great outline for a definite winning GOP strategy. I was impressed with how solid the author's research and stats were and at how valuable his timely advice is on so many different topics. The book definitely pushes Republicans out of their comfort zone -- ex. "Reagan is dead. Accept it." with some tough love this losing team needs to hear. This author is one of few with the guts to say i,t, and as a result he literally wrote the playbook the Republican team so desperately needs to read.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sarah V on October 30, 2013
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery is the best political book I've read. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed it so much I was inspired to write my first ever Amazon review.

The RNC would be well served by reading this and heeding O'Connell's advice. This brilliant book is the panacea the GOP has been looking for, offering advice on everything from controversial subjects like gay marriage to immigration reform to the pro-choice / pro-life debate that the Republican party needs to grasp if it is to have a chance to remain relevant as a national party or ever re-take the White House.

This book is heavy in substance and insight yet delivered by O'Connell in a witty, funny way that keeps it entertaining and makes it enjoyable and easy to read. I actually laughed out loud frequently while reading the book - something definitely unexpected from this genre. And I also learned a lot as the book is heavy on facts, information and stats without getting bogged down with them. This makes for an enjoyable read for those inside and outside of the beltway. The football and former President anecdotes are amusing and relevant and serve as excellent illustrations of O'Connell's points.

The book is also intellectually honest and straight-forward, making for a great read regardless of a reader's political affiliation.

I hope O'Connell writes more books in the future. With this, his first book, he has proven himself to be a very intelligent, witty, and amusing author with much to offer readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill mahony on December 30, 2013
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A very concise point by point strategy of what the Republican Party is doing and not doing to win a presidential election. Very interesting statistical insight into what they are doing wrong, and a step by step analysis of how they break through the democratic lock on the presidency. A very quick, but well laid out book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Flyover State Republican on November 18, 2013
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Quick, fact-filled read. O’Connell does a good job explaining the obstacles that face the Republican Party in terms of winning the White House in 2016, and what the eventual GOP presidential nominee must do to win at the ballot box.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Johnson on November 16, 2013
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Incredibly clear, concise and effective game plan for the Republicans (just like a good football game plan) that targets the 'D's' weaknesses. Most great ideas are simple at their core- and the author grasps this and relates it well to the reader. Fast, easy read. Strongly recommend.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Washington Conservative on November 9, 2013
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Great and quick read on what the Republican party should do moving forward. Book reaches out to all ages and makes the GOP take a hard look in the mirror. I enjoyed it and hope that the establishment reads it. Book is for all political parties.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Webster on November 14, 2013
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Ford O'Connell's book, Hail Mary, is a well articulated strategy for a Republican win in the mid-term 2014 races and the 2016 Presidential contest. His analysis of why the Republicans have not gotten popular support for their platform and how they can, going forward, is spot on. Comparing political wins and losses to great American sports contests made it an even better read.
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