Kindle Price: $2.99

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

Get the Free Kindle App

Enter email or phone number to get a link

Processing your request...

Obama's Last Stand: POLITICO Playbook 2012 (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition

43 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$2.99

Audible Narration
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $3.99 when you buy the Kindle book.
Audible Narration: Ready

Kindle Singles
Kindle Singles
Each Kindle Single presents a compelling idea--well researched, well argued, and well illustrated--expressed at its natural length. Visit the Kindle Singles Store or subscribe to Singled Out: The Best of Kindle Singles.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

As Glenn Thrush fastidiously demonstrates in Obama's Last Stand, "competitiveness is a presidential trait," one the incumbent has in droves. Quite tellingly, a banner which hangs in Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago reads: Respect. Empower. Include. Win. The banner had once omitted "Win" from its de facto list of objectives, but the addendum is a testament to the shifting gears of the 2012 political campaign, as the threat of a Republican victory looms ever larger. For the latest installment of POLITICO's Playbook 2012, Thrush, a veteran political reporter now covering the White House for POLITICO, chronicles Obama's second battle for the Oval Office in great detail. Through his extensive reporting, Thrush uncovers a side to Obama's character rarely seen by the public--a cold, calculating and competitive man, a President who "is willing to play fast and rough to stay in the Oval Office." From Super PACs to the fading veneer of his popularity, everything seems to be standing in the way of a second term. Will Obama's Last Stand ultimately yield a victory? Only time will tell. --Raya Jalabi

Product Details

  • File Size: 1719 KB
  • Publisher: Random House (August 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008QLT0ZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Milkman on August 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This e-book can be read in less than two hours and is an insider account of the Obama reelection campaign since 2011. The book is presented in brief vignettes and they are focused around the timeframe of early spring 2012 (GOP primary) to the end of this July.

This is real embedded journalism, but to be clear the point of view is subtly pro-Obama. In fact the introduction to the book reads like a warning that you will read some ugliness about the Obama team but to keep in mind that both Obama and Romney are guilty of running campaigns that descend into the gutter, which is a subjective comment completely off topic for the narrative to follow.

Glenn Thrush seems to bend over backwards to make Obama into his narrative's sympathetic protagonist. Obama is portrayed as a reluctant warrior who supposedly belabors decisions by his campaign to go negative, but on the other hand he's described in more intimate scenes as the most competitive guy you'd meet... challenging staffers to pick up basketball and other games and striving to win at all costs.

The White House is male-dominated and mirrors the President's competitiveness, which leads to the Obama campaign's strategy of "killing Romney," and yes those words are quoted in the book from a Democrat strategist. You'll read how the campaign conducted focus groups and arrived at the strategy. Then you'll read how Obama and others at times are unsure of the strategy and bicker over its implementation.

Obama is shown at times as hyper-aggressive... he is said to want to run against Marco Rubio to kick his ass, and that he hates Mitt Romney as a human being. But then we are told that Obama is pulling punches...
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By James B. King on August 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is so much better than the earlier titles in the series which were a rehash of the news. This one provides
behind the scenes glimpses in the tradition of Teddy White
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tenderfart on September 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As an e-book/Kindle single, this was a solid, interesting piece of investigative reporting. It's definitely set up for a deeper dive into the subject, regardless of the election's outcome, that can result in a great book. As a biographical sketch, they did a great job of outlining the key players and showing the tension points that have led to a less than stellar beginning to the campaign. I enjoyed the read very much and appreciated that the tone struck by the authors was more detached and journalistic than a lot of the slobbering, fawning pieces you see coming from people like Jodi Kantor and David Remnick.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jammies on August 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
All political campaigns have their highs and lows. As I am not an Obama fan, I must admit that I particularly enjoyed reading about the lows. Glenn Thrush as done a nice job of weaving events together to present a clear picture of a campaign that is frequently in turmoil due to competing interests, personalities, and agendas. While it's true that Politico and other media reported on many of these events as they happened, it's interesting to read them in this form and see how the direction of the campaign has evolved over time.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By West Coast Guy on September 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"Obama's Last Stand" reminds me of the classic and not-since-imitated Theodore White's "The Making of the President" chronicling the road to JFK's election in the early 60s. This book is even more powerful given that the stakes are far higher. While reading "Obama's Last Stand" I was constantly on the edge of my seat, breathless and nervous yet full of hope that Obama might yet make it to the finish line for yet another term staving-off the most vicious, well-funded radical, right-wing super-pac campaigns waged against a sitting President in history.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you like campaign gossip, then you'll like this Kindle short. You'll learn a little about Obama that you might not have known, but there's not much to this short. It goes into personality clashes and such, but it doesn't really delve substantively into anything. I did enjoy the read but that's all. Read it for enjoyment but don't expect much otherwise.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John T. Sostak on August 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Obama's Last Stand by Politico's Glenn Thrush is an inside look into a campaign for 2012 Presidency which is far from over. The author reports Obama campaign activity, reaction and strategy primarily from the months of February 2012 through July 2012. The end of the coverage is the SCOTUS Affordable Health Care Act ruling. The entire ebook, Obama's Last Stand feels like Cliffs Notes. A snapshot of a greater story.

I can recommend Obama's Last Stand to anyone that feels they want to learn a little bit about Obama's 2012 campaign, if you have not been following the news daily. There are no grand revelations, details are sparse, the story is not over, until the Presidential election in November 2012. If you are an avid consumer of the news or a political junkie, Obama's Last Stand will only be a refresher of the first six months of the President's campaign.

Glenn Thrush assembled the ebook, Obama's Last Stand well, although it feels like a Vanity Fair article or a CNN special. It is a short piece that doesn't stop and dig it's journalistic teeth into any event or Obama team member. It is very timely, but this rush to deliver an ebook/article seems to leave a lot of details off the page and out of the readers reach. You will not finish this ebook and know any more about who Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Stephanie Cutter or David Axelrod really are and how they think or feel then when you started it. I don't want that to be critically nasty, I just think the approach and execution of Obama's Last Stand is fast and light, not thorough, revealing or detail oriented.

The ebook format that Politico is using for fast reports is very interesting, and I think it will improve. The price of $2.99 for a long article/short book that can be timely and downloaded instantly is a great value. I think with great reporting that offers new information these ebooks will be popular.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in