Yes, I know that's not original.
"The End of the Line" is the fourth and last E-book on the 2012 campaign from Politico. Authors Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Martin bring us through the dramatic conclusion of the campaign: the two conventions, preps for and results of the four debates, the desperate last-gasp ads, and election night. I did not read Politico every single day but I did read it most of the workweek, so there was enough new material in here to hold my interest. And there were a lot of after-action inteviews (from both sides), so this mini-book -- which you can get through in two hours easily -- did have much material that will be new even for daily readers. Obama supporters will be sighing with relief; Romney backers will be gnashing their teeth. I especially enjoyed the authors' discussion of the Obama campaign's long game; just like in 2008, it was clear which campaign had analyzed the conditions correctly and acted accordingly.
I would have appreciated a bit more on election-night drama: how the vice gradually tightened, the Rove meltdown, the dirge-like atmosphere on Fox, etc. There is good reporting on the atmosphere inside the Obama camp as they waited, interminably, for Romney to concede. So election-night drama is not totally missing. But this is an E-book single, not an exhaustive history of the campaign, so something had to give.
Bottom line: Worth the price. Even hard-core politicos will find something to think about here.