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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining narrative, with tidbits from the inside of WH
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars
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.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining narrative, with tidbits from the inside of WH, August 21, 2012
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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... that he didn't want to form a Super PAC and he still desires to give his soaring speeches like 2008 instead of the taunting he does from the stump in 2012. These contradictory data points remind us that this is not an accurate psychoanalysis of Obama as much as an entertaining narrative with some insider gossip thrown in.

The best parts of the e-book are the insider details on the personality clashes within the Obama campaign and broader allied organizations like Priorities USA. Particularly enjoyable is how Priorities USA director Bill Burton and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz are each disrespected by most in the Obama sphere.

And for comic relief we have the hapless Joe Biden. Re-live his screw ups from the past year and see the fallout from the inside of the White House.

This is a good brief read for politicos and will likely be discussed around Capitol Hill and the like for the next couple of weeks, so I will recommend it if you want to spend a couple hours reliving the news cycles of the past few months and digging a little deeper into the personalities that surround Obama's reelection campaign.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, August 20, 2012
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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
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good peek into the start of the 2012 Campaign, September 6, 2012
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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.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good quick read, August 20, 2012
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting "insiders" look behind Obama's road to reelection!, September 6, 2012
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"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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars, August 30, 2012
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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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bring me up to speed article - ebook on a developing campaign, August 26, 2012
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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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than a little leaning to the left, August 26, 2012
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First off, let me disclose that I am a recovering liberal Democrat from Chicago. I've done my fair share of lobbying at the Chicago City Council. I cut my political teeth on Chicago partisan politics under Richard J Daley, and understand how it all works.

That said, I did find this essay to be more than a little symathetic to Obama. I did find it an interesting read, though, and would readily recommend it to anyone unfamiliar with the dirty politics of my,home town, with the caveat that it does lean to the left. It paints him as a sympathic figure, driven by the circumstances of his current situation. Real Chicago politics are much dirtier and hard-nosed.

If you're interested in how old style Chicago patronage works, read "Boss," by Mike Royko. Nothing has changed in the subsequent years.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile, But Beware the Framing, August 22, 2012
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"Glenn Thrush of Politico follows Team Obama's re-election campaign. Despite his aura of cool, Obama proves to hide an ultra-competitive side that sometimes surprises his own staff. His inner circle is at times fractured and divided over strategy. While its an interesting, telling read at times, as are most spare-no-details campaign books, Thrush remains true to his Politico programing and can't seem to escape some of the stale MSM narratives about the president. Thrush portrays the president and his staff as conflicted and torn over tone (no longer having the wind at their backs as in 2008 and therefore forced to run a negative campaign). While is no doubt true, the president's people are breed of Chicago and suggesting they'd somehow conflicted or that their boss's competitve nature would not be a driver for a machiavellian strategy is a little much to swallow. Thrush also clings to the MSM narrative of the Catholic Bishops somehow being "hostile" to Obama, when they were in fact supporters of The Affordable Care Act, only to be unsurprisingly bretrayed over female contraception at Catholic run hospitals. Regardless, the picture Thrush paints is not a pretty one. It also holds some surprises about some members of the administration others might dismiss out of hand. For this insight, it is a worthy read."
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obama's Campaign Troops Circle the Wagons To Kill Romney, August 20, 2012
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This is a very short digital book in the four instant E-book POLITICO PLAYBOOK SERIES. Lengthwise, it's like a long magazine article created from a reporter's notes on the 2012 Presidential Campaign. It can be read in only two or three hours.

Evan Thomas in the book's introduction makes the point that: "Obama was not insincere in 2008; he is the sort of man who dreams of a better world. Indeed, he is sometimes regarded as too dreamy, off in the clouds, aloof from the tug and pull of political life."

"Running against John McCain and Hillary Clinton wasn't as intimidating as the challenges Obama would be facing this time. Obama's last stand, almost certainly the final campaign of his life, would be waged against a host of foes: Romney, Republican super PACs, and, most dangerous of all, an implacable economic downturn, one he had been elected to reverse four years earlier."

This campaign is Obama's last campaign. But with the economy still sinking, Obama had to decide on a strategy to defeat businessman Romney. "Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney, said a prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House. The strategy came down to proving Romney was unfit to govern, a phony, and weird. If the outside world found that approach jarring, Obama didn't."

The book paints a picture of a warring campaign between the power brokers in Chicago and the West Wing of the White House. Some of the observations are stunning. It makes the reader wonder what kind of political low-lifes come up with a campaign strategy with a theme named "Kill Romney." Those are probably the very same far-behind-the-front-lines patriots who make themselves feel macho by calling their campaign headquarters "the war room?"

While Joe Biden is taking a lot of heat lately, he was one of the few people on Obama's campaign who innately understood how to campaign. "The one guy who seemed to intuitively understand the new dynamic and could deliver a gut punch without seeming mean-spirited was Joe Biden. Others could game out a strategy, but Biden, like Cutter, really got 2012."

One of the best features of this publication is that it is so, so current. This news reporting is "hot off the press" as the saying goes.

For historians, the material in this book will be fascinating no matter how the election turns out.

This is almost a day-to-day update on the Obama campaigns tactics.
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