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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

6 Ratings: 4.0
A book by John Heilemann

Even before the book was out, its juiciest bits were everywhere: Sarah Palin was serene when chosen for V.P. because it was “God’s plan.” Hillary didn’t know if she could control Bill (duh). Elizabeth Edwards was a shrew, not … see full wiki

Author: John Heilemann
Genre: History, Nonfiction
Publisher: Harper
6 reviews about Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain...
review by . July 19, 2010
For political junkies the 2008 presidential campaign was a feast that satiated many desires, for it was the mother of all soap operas that had a vast array of characters with flaws and more than an abundance of skeletons in the closet. The only problem with the drama was that it was reality, and the unexperienced blowhards with the egos are now in temporary position of the highest office in the land. If this book wasn't nonfiction I would qualify it on par with Allen Drury's literary and political …
review by . July 01, 2010
No wonder this was the political thriller everyone was talking about. These two authors are able to take you past the stale soundbites and personas that politicians want you to see and get you into the real story. I was a little surprised by what some of those in the public eye will say when they think the public isn't aware, but it all goes to creating a book that makes politicians relatable---whether you like them or not.
review by . March 13, 2010
"Game Change" is wonderfully entertaining. It is entirely unsourced in the sense that few sources are identified. The authors claim to have conducted more than 300 interviews with more than 200 people, all of whom were allegedly players in the various campaigns. The interviews, the authors say, were conducted on a "deep background" basis, which means the authors agreed not to identify the subjects as sources in any way.     Now that is really a convenient peg to hang your hat …
review by . February 19, 2010
If there is a better book that reveals what went on inside presidential campaigns then I have yet to encounter or even hear of it. The insights into the major people of the presidential campaigns of 2008 are deeply revealing, in some ways almost too much so.    As a resident of Iowa with its' first in the nation caucuses, I had the opportunity to meet many of the candidates and I attended two Barack Obama rallies and one of John Edwards. I was extremely impressed with Elizabeth Edwards, …
review by . February 11, 2010
"Game Change" is an "inside baseball" look at the 2008 presidential election. If what the book reveals about the politicians running this country does not depress you (or scare you to death), you are more an optimist than I will ever be. No one is exactly covered in glory by "Game Change" - not even the election's eventual winner, although President Obama is treated rather kindly by the authors compared to how they handle the other contenders from both parties.     At the risk …
review by . January 17, 2010
As a rule, I don't usually read books that relate to events that happened quite recently, because I feel that time is needed before an accurate appreciation and evaluation can be given to anything. This book has been so much in the news, however, that I felt that I should read it to find out what all the commotion was about.    What I read was a reasonably reported account of the events leading up to, and after, last year's presidentail election, from the viewpoint of many of …
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