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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime Paperback – October 26, 2010
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“A smoking new book. . . . The real revelation in Game Change: Campaigns turn our politicians into lunatics.” (Tina Brown, The Daily Beast)
“Heilemann and Halperin have conducted hundreds of interviews to provide the inside story of the 2008 campaign. . . . It vividly shows how character flaws large and small caused Obama’s opponents to self-destruct.” (Jacob Heilbrunn, The New York Times Book Review)
“A thoroughly researched, well-paced and occasionally very amusing read. . . . The result is something that conveys the feel, or perhaps more accurately the smell, of one of recent history’s most thrilling elections, and it does so better than any of the other books already on the market.” (The Economist)
“I can’t put down this book!” (Stephen Colbert)
“Compulsively readable. Once begun, you can’t put it down. . . . Deeply and knowledgeably reported and presented with all the cool sophistication one would expect from two accomplished political reporters.” (Tim Rutten, The Los Angeles Times)
“Riveting, definitive. . . . A great campaign book. . . . Halperin and Heilemann got insiders to cough up astonishing artifacts, including emails and recordings. . . . Game Change is really interesting, and puts you deep in the middle of it.” (Kurt Andersen, Very Short List)
“The hottest book in the country.” (The Associated Press)
“Everybody talked. Anybody that tells you they didn’t is lying to you.” (A former top Clinton aide, to Politico’s Ben Smith)
“The best presidential political book since What it Takes by Richard Ben Cramer and Teddy White’s books. These are the types of books that got me into politics.” (Joe Scarborough)
“An explosive new book. . . . An absolute page turner.” (Soledad O’Brien on Larry King Live)
From the Back Cover
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.
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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.
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 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!
The first part does its job well, taking the reader inside the Clinton, Obama and Edwards campaign for a detailed look at the campaigns and the people who ran them. The second part simply feels light and inadequate, almost as if the authors ran out of time. Surely there must have been some interesting stories out of the Romney campaign (which gets a handful of pages), Mike Huckabee (a few scattered paragraphs) or Ron Paul (one single mention, lumped into a paragraph with five other candidates), but the authors don't get into them. The general election is similarly given short shrift. Although there's some interesting stuff about the selection of Sarah Palin, the book races so quickly through the fall campaign that when the narrative reaches November, the reader is left thinking "Wait -- that was it?"
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The 2008 campaign was crazy. I was too young to live it, to be concious about it.Read more