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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 11, 2010
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“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 )
“You’ve got to read Game Change. . . . I read each and every word. . . . Game Change is a great book.” (Don Imus )
“A fascinating account. . . . Heilemann and Halperin serve up a spicy smorgasbord of observations, revelations, and allegations. . . . Game Change leaves the reader with a vivid, visceral sense of the campaign and a keen understanding of the paradoxes and contingencies of history.” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times )
“Riveting. . . . Its pages brim with scandalous tidbits. . . . This is a must-read for anyone interested in the cutthroat backroom hows and whys of a presidential campaign. . . . And it doesn’t hurt that Game Change reads more bodice-ripper than Beltway.” (Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly )
“The authors of Game Change succeed in creating a plausible account of the emotional tumult of the 2008 campaign as it might have been—perhaps even was—experienced by the candidates, their spouses, and their staffs.” (Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker )
“An amazing piece of work. . . . One of the best books on politics of any kind I’ve read. For entertainment value, I put it up there with Catch 22. . . . An absolutely gripping read . . . they can write.” (Clive Crook, The Financial Times )
Top Customer Reviews
Sarah Palin clearly provides the juiciest material, mostly from McCain's campaign manager Steve Schmidt. It's a strange position - he led McCain to Palin, then lambasts her unfitness and poor preparation, and finally ends up admitting that without her it would have been worse.Read more ›
We should have known this was coming ... the implosion of political candidates is as entertaining as the losers that humiliate themselves on the American Idol auditions year-after-year. Years ago, a news periodical like Newsweek or Time would run juicy after-election articles documenting a defeated candidates horridly-run campaign that always included incidents of the candidate "losing grip" at one point or another. "Game Change" seemed to be nothing more than a compilation of such articles, but expertly welded together to create a generously smooth flow for the reader. In other words, other than the juicy details of the vitriol and carnage, the book didn't really reveal anything new about anyone or anything.
After all, the 24/7 news cycle already gives us more information than we need to know about all the subject matter in this book:
- we already knew obama was a "smooth operator"; intelligent and gifted at reading other people's speeches ... his outright cocky demeanor and his obvious, deep and admirable devotion to his wife and children.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was like I was there for all of it. The authors did a great job. I hope they will do 2016!Published 2 days ago by DLH
Interesting how family members got Obama back on track, and how the dysfunction of Hillary's campaign spelled her doomPublished 5 days ago by Boarder Renzen
Great insight into what goes on in the presidential primariesPublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Just a note to fans of the HBO movie, which prompted me to go back and read this. I was surprised by how little of this book is actually about the Palin aspects of this... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Great Faulkner's Ghost
This book is a behind-the-scenes look during the Presidential contests of 2008, both in the primaries and in the general election. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Careful Observer
Good read. Lots of inside information on what goes on in a campaign. Details about personalities and relationships in the 2008 campaign. I really enjoyed reading this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dave D