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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime Kindle Edition
The gripping inside story of the 2008 presidential election, by two of the best political reporters in the country.
“It’s one of the best books on politics of any kind I’ve read. For entertainment value, I put it up there with Catch 22.” —The Financial Times
“It transports you to a parallel universe in which everything in the National Enquirer is true….More interesting is what we learn about the candidates themselves: their frailties, egos and almost super-human stamina.” —The Financial Times
“I can’t put down this book!” —Stephen Colbert
Game Change is the New York Times bestselling story of the 2008 presidential election, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the best political reporters in the country. In the spirit of Richard Ben Cramer’s What It Takes and Theodore H. White’s The Making of the President 1960, this classic campaign trail book tells the defining story of a new era in American politics, going deeper behind the scenes of the Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin campaigns than any other account of the historic 2008 election.
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In 2008, the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something from the realm of fiction. The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama. The shocking fall of the House of Clinton—and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama's partner and America's face to the world. The mercurial performance of John McCain and the mesmerizing emergence of Sarah Palin. But despite the wall-to-wall media coverage of this spellbinding drama, remarkably little of the real story behind the headlines had been told—until now.
In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0033V4SDI
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (February 9, 2010)
- Publication date : February 9, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1446 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 476 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #165,428 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That focus is in this book it's actually a VERY small part of the book. The primary race between Obama and Clinton is the main focus and then the Obama/McCain race.
This is a VERY interesting book--lots of information that we didn't see presented by the mainstream media.
A very worthy addition to my collection. Well worth the read.
I think that’s the rub of Game Change. Yes, at times, it can venture into trashy gossipy, tabloid type writing. But should this be blamed on the writers themselves or is it an unfortunate commentary on the way politics seems to be done in this country these days where the twenty second soundbite matters more than a statement of substance and the scandal of the hour takes on greater importance than policy. I am not saying that Game Change is the absolute unvarnished truth, but it rings far truer, than I would like.
The authors take the readers through the 2008 election, focusing on the three leading protagonists: John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama; and on the circus around Sarah Palin. There is also information on others, such as Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, John and Elizabeth Edwards, and others. At times, the story is hilarious. There's a lot of information out about all four leading characters, so I won't repeat it here, other than to say that the book is quite believable. I'm from Alaska and have followed Palin's career from almost the beginning. I think she is portrayed quite accurately, with this exception. Palin has a huge ego and is very money-hungry. She is smarter than she appears, but is intellectually lazy. She's also a born-lately right-winger; she didn't start out that way. She started as a moderate christian conservative. She fell into a lucrative niche as a right-wing pundent and has milked it to the hilt; to the point of resigning as governor simply because she could make so much money out of office. She's a brazen opportunist.
Anyway, I recommend the book for anyone interested in behind-the-scenes national politics.
The book makes it obvious the system is entrenched with huge money and that creates power, greed and more greed. We can no longer believe one person one vote is an American reality. The Supreme Court's ruling that corporations are people entitled to vote with their checkbooks has changed the face of power forever! We have a system that allows them to give as much money as they want to any cause that furthers their interest. Good policy bills are rarely passed and even if they are they don't get enacted as written.
Heilemann spares no one including the main stream media as well as the 24hr propaganda networks.
If and when a politician leaves office the next likely career is as a lobbyist that sells to the highest bidder. Heilemann discusses the revolving door from the Capital Building to K Street or to other too BIG TO FAIL corporations.
I do not intend to stop voting but I will do it with a heavy heart realizing that it will not make a difference!
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This is, for sure, a story of the Democratic campaign: only a quarter of the book refers to the GOP although the widely trailed tidbits about Palin are both interesting to read and quite terrifying. I disagree with the reviewer who suggests that the authors are in awe of Obama: these are two very experienced journalists who understand what made him a standout candidate and the right man at the right time. There has also been criticism of the lack of sources for the work but if this is read as a piece of journalism rather than an academic history then this is not a big deal. If anyone disagreed with the narrative then you'd be sure to have heard about it.
If you're looking for a readable, enlightening reminder of the 2008 campaign then you'll find much to enjoy in this book. Recommended.
Although Obama is the central character, the narrative revolves around other key players, principally Hillary Clinton, but also John Edwards, John McCain and Sarah Palin. It altered my opinion about Clinton - who comes across as thoroughly decent, diligent and admirable character - but reinforces what I knew about the others.
Those who saw and loved the last two brilliant series of the much-missed West Wing are in for a real treat. The powerful characters and breakneck narrative seem more in tune with a fictional creation than the staid world of politics.
Yet truth is stranger than fiction, and had that programme's creators devised characters such as Sarah Palin, they would have been accused of parody.
Palin - with the egomanic and sleazy John Edwards - comes off worst in this book, although it is her ignorance rather than cynicism or ego that is her worst sin. It remains a terrifying thought that she could have been a missed heartbeat away from being the most powerful person in the world.
One of the books' best episodes recounts her cramming sessions on forign affairs. During a lengthy primer on twentieth century history, of which she knew nothing, one ofe her aides suggests a break. "No, no, no, let's keep going," said Palin with the apparent wonderment of a child. "This is awesome."
The book should be read with a few reservations. It's certainly not (thankfully) political science, yet not even a work of journalism - which would be properly sourced - rather a piece narrative non-fiction. We have to trust the authors' integrity to faithfully and even handedly deal with their off the record sources, and for some readers that will invariably be a leap of faith too far.
Yet in my view, the book is richer and more candid for being off the record and gossipy. It's well-written, fascinating and a rare thing among books of its genre - a real page turner.
Thoroughly recommended. Am already not looking forward to finishing it!