A Long Time Coming Revised Edition

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*Starred Review* Newsweek editor Thomas gathered the gleanings of various Newsweek colleagues to create an adroitly distilled chronicle of the 2008 presidential campaign and the election of Barack Obama, the first African American president of the U.S. This easily devoured, crisply anecdotal account, spiked with revealing, side-of-the-mouth comments, charts the most cautious and reckless of political maneuverings and provides in-action portraits of the major players, both obvious and behind-the-scenes. Hillary Clinton is indecisive; Bill Clinton is “disastrous.” John McCain, crabby and truculent, allows his “inner Dennis the Menace” to take over. And, most vividly, here is Barack Obama, reflective and restrained, a “relentless self-improver” with a “think-first instinct” and “ironic detachment.” Thomas and company observe Obama meeting with his disciplined staff, writing his speeches longhand, prepping for debates, and striving to avoid the pitfalls of campaigning, from fatty food to taking the bait of adversaries. Readers catch telling glimpses of surefire Axelrod and the Obama nerd squad and are privy to inside-the-tent discussions of race and get-out-the-vote strategies. Thomas writes that Obama, an avid reader and gifted writer, sees himself as “a figure out of literature,” and, indeed, real-life stories don’t get more compelling than this. --Donna Seaman

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Alan Brinkley, New York Times Book Review, January 18, 2009
“For sheer speed and competence, the most impressive of these recent books is Evan Thomas's "Long Time Coming," compiled from the reporting of the political writers of Newsweek (a magazine for which I occasionally write). A perceptive, smoothly written, and generally fair minded account of both presidential campaigns, it is, nevertheless, a contribution to the creation of the superhero image that has surrounded Obama over the last six months."


Shelf Awareness, January 7, 2009
“Briskly told, entertaining.”
 


Donna Seaman, starred Booklist review
“An adroitly distilled chronicle of the 2008 presidential campaign and the election of Barack Obama….This easily devoured, crisply anecdotal account, spiked with revealing, side-of the-mouth comments, charts the most cautious and reckless of political maneuverings and provides in-action portraits of the major players, both obvious and behind-the-scenes….Thomas writes that Obama, an avid reader and gifted writer, sees himself as ‘a figure out of literature,’ and, indeed, real-life stories don’t get more compelling than this.”
 


Chris Matthews, MSNBC “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” January 20, 2009
“…candy.”


PoliticsUSA.com, January 28, 2009
“A clear, concise, and fast read…The editors did a fantastic job weaving together a storyline that is both clear and compelling. It is all here, the calm of the Obama campaign, the dysfunction and infighting of the Clinton campaign, and the McCain campaign’s constant internal battle over competing directions and narratives…We all know how the story of the 2008 election ended. The fun in this book is the behind the scenes account of how we got there.”
 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; Revised edition (January 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586486071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586486075
  • ASIN: B00263J6AO
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,976,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Evan Thomas is one of the most respected historians and journalists writing today. He is the bestselling author of nine works of nonfiction: Being Nixon, Ike's Bluff, The War Lovers, Sea of Thunder, John Paul Jones, Robert Kennedy, The Very Best Men, The Man to See, and The Wise Men (with Walter Isaacson). Thomas was an editor, writer, and reporter at Newsweek for 24 years, where he was the author of more than a hundred cover stories.
Thomas has won numerous journalism awards, including a National Magazine Award in 1998. In 2005, his 50,000-word narrative of the 2004 election was honored when Newsweek won a National Magazine Award for the best single-topic issue.
Thomas is a fellow of the Society of American Historians and has taught writing at Princeton and Harvard. He is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Virginia Law School. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, DC.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer in Cincinnati on January 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a political junkie, I always look forward to the Newsweek Election Book. Newsweek has always called this reporting "The Project;" it's a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the presidential campaign, and it never fails to deliver.

After this historic election, one of the most intriguing ever, I just could not WAIT for the Newsweek book to come out! I was thrilled when, the day after the election, Newsweek.com published on their webpage what I thought was a very, very huge "excerpt" of the forthcoming book, always released in early January following an election. The November 17th, 2008 issue print edition of Newsweek was almost entirely composed of this "The Project" and I was happy to have the issue so I could preserve the original "excerpt."

So, imagine my surprise when I purchased "A Long Time Coming" for $[...] and settled into what I hoped would be a long evening of reading the book and filling in all the details that were left out of the magazine and online versions. With just a simple glance through the book, I realized ever chapter was titled the same as the November article, and was presented in the same sequential order as in the book. So, starting to feel pretty disappointed, I pulled out my Nov. 17th Newsweek and got to comparing the two.

Down to the punctuation, this book is merely a reprint. Word for word! The book includes a pretty lame "Epilogue" as well as a rather uninteresting interview with President-Elect Obama at the end, but other than these additions, the book is just a complete copy of the original article! Including the photographs!!

Of course I'm returning the book. Why pay $[...] when I have the original Newsweek issue for $[...]? Heck you can read the entire book for free online at Newsweek.com, still!
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amy Kennedy on January 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this for $22.95 believing it was different than the lengthy Newsweek article done just after the election by Evan Thomas and others, still available at the magazine's website for free. It looks to be exactly the same. There is no mention in the book that it is merely a reprint. Very disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Singer on February 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For those of us, hooked on Obama's campaign from the beginning, Thomas's book didn't really have a lot of new behind the scenes information. It is well written surely and there were a few nuggets I had not known before, but in the end I felt this was a book for those who didn't follow the campaign closely. That reader will enjoy and profit from this fast, clean account of what happened. Evans does get some good stuff, especially about McCain which shed some light on his subsequent behavior. Evan's style is rugged, propulsive and easy to follow. So for the non-political junkie this book will probably be a treat. Don't look for depth or analysis. It's the facts in all their glory.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Publius on January 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Barack Obama's historic election in 2008 may mark the resurgence of a dormant liberalism philosophy that has been dormant since the breakdown of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. If this turns out to be true, the 2008 campaign will be studied, analyzed and written about for many years from now. "A Long Time Coming" is probably the first in a long and interminable line of books about the election. It is often said that journalism is the first draft of history and as such, this book provides the closest understanding we have of the inside players and the decisions that made the election of Obama possible. There is an old saying that "victory has a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan." As such, the conventional wisdom was that almost every strategic decision that McCain and his inner circle made tended to be disastrous. But, if one takes a closer look at the numbers, and especially the battleground states of Colorado, Virginia, Ohio and Florida, the switching of a few thousand votes may have made a huge and ultimately monumental difference in the outcome. If those votes had been switched around, the narrative may have been how John McCain pulled off an historic upset on the scale of Truman in 1948. However, it didn't happen that way, so every mistake that McCain made, from the picking of Sarah Palin to the short lived suspension of his campaign in September is magnified ten thousand times over. Whereas , everything that Obama did was brilliant from focusing on the caucus states early on to using the internet to woo new voters and most especially donors. In the appendix to this book, Mr.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald M. Shepherd on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book had some interest, but I was really putoff by the author's strange choice of words: screeds, meritocrats, imperium, preternaturally (twice), amanuensis (twice), schadenfreude, ascetic, mishegoss, stasis, hermeneutics, madrassa (twice), kerfuffle, emo, hoary, tropes (twice), snarky, and doppelganger. These words were a mystery to me, and I've got two Masters degrees. Regular people don't know these words and should not have to consult a dictionary to understand a general book. I would advise all authors to use words people know.
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