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Playbook 2012: The Right Fights Back (Politico Inside Election 2012) (Kindle Single) by [Allen, Mike, Thomas, Evan, Politico]
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As journalism continues to look for new ways to remain both profitable and relevant in the digital age, long-form investigative work has taken enthusiastically to the ebook. Perhaps ironically, this gusto for new forms has inspired a nascent return to the depth and breadth of bygone days. Such is the case with The Right Fights Back, an extended look at the 2012 Presidential campaign's early stages, with particular focus on the GOP. Politico's Mike Allen and Evan Thomas pull together sources ranging from candidates' family and campaign employees (current and former) to would-be and had-been candidates themselves. Regardless of your political bent, it's hard not to be underwhelmed by this campaign's Republican contenders, and as a blow-by-blow account of the scandal, inexperience, and public theater that has characterized the early campaigning, The Right Fights Back offers a timely and insightful primer. --Jason Kirk

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  • File Size: 2359 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (November 30, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S6VN70
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By V. Patterson on December 2, 2011
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For the money that is being asked for this mini-book, I felt it was worth it. I enjoyed the behind the scenes gossip (which is what a lot of it is) and some of it was enlightening - particularly the bits about Rick Perry. This is more than you'd get in a magazine and certainly more than what would be posted online. One thing I did object to is that the size is inflated because 20% of the pages are taken up by a reproduction of Rick Perry's shedule for the three months after he entered the race. What was the value of that? It just made the thing seem longer than it was.
I will be buying the next one, but I don't see this as a replacement for the campaign book. More a supliment and it's nice to have some of this gossip in a timely manner.I would have given it 5 stars, but I took one off for the pointless inclusion of the Perry Shedule.
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This collection of notes is probably acceptable fodder for political junkies who want to mine every last tidbit of gossip even though most of it is unsourced and much of it isn't new news. It has been untouched by an editor's blue pencil and it seems surprising that two accomplished writers would let it go out this way. It's a quick read, so quick the publisher padded it with pages of each candidates hour by hour daily schedule. Now that's gripping news!
Probably worth three bucks for the junkie but not for me. I'll settle for getting ninety pecent of what they offer upfront in real time.
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This is more a collection of items that did not make it into the paper.

It is the B-roll of politico. snippets of disjointed writing.

I held out a lot of hope for this, but in the end, I was disappointed.

I hope the next installment, if there is one, is a little better.
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You might find this e-book informative if you never read newspapers or news magazines and never watch political commentary on television. But if you are already reasonably well-informed, you will find little here that is new or news. What little that is new is more in the realm of gossip than news. For example, we learn that Haley Barbour decided not to run when, after he used his own team to vet himself, he found out that there is a lot of negative information on him that would be readily available to his opponents. (If you don't know who Haley Barbour is, then this might be the right book for you.) We learn that Newt Gingrich's wife Callista ran interference for him, micro-managed his campaign and helped derail it in its early stages (it has since revived and surged). We are presented with Rick Perry's complete daily schedule, if anyone is interested. But I think the late Theodore H. White would turn over in his grave at what passes today as serious political analysis. The is supposed to be the first in a series of four e-books on the 2012 campaign. I won't be holding my breath waiting for the next three.
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A brief and highly informative overview of the 2012 political race up to this point. This is politics described in such a way that it can be shared at the holiday dinner table: issues are only mentioned insofar as they relate to voting blocks. This is about strategy and about politicians. It paints images of Mitt Romney and Rick Perry as real people undertaking the monumental task of running for president. Peppered with insights from (often unnamed) insiders, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to stay informed about the 2012 political race or the political process en toto.
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This is full of good detail, and isn't completely one of those annoying inside-football things. There is not much on substantive positions, but these days campaigners don't really risk having substantive positions. The galling thing is there's a big chunk out at the 50% mark (the pages aren't numbered) just where they start discussing Rick Perry's hunting camp. This of course is the problem with electronic editions. You can't redact with paper. The ironic thing is, we all know about the hunting camp, so there's no info in the book that could be controversial. Why redact something everyone already knows about.
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Just like the other three Politico ebooks about the 2012 presidential election, "The Right Fights Back" is full of interesting information and is very entertaining. I highly recommend the Playbook 2012 series to political junkies everywhere.
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As an avid reader I was surprised that I could not even finish reading this short written work. I was expecting a play-by-play breakdown of the "maneuverings" of the 2012 republican candidates. Instead I spent time reading something heavily biased in the favor of one politician who will be unnamed here so his or her followers cannot flame me based upon my amazon review.

This person does not have a halo around his or her head, so do your job Politico and stop taking pictures of him or her that portray him or her that way.
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