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Ah, Those Things That Happen Behind the Scenes...

  • May 18, 2010

"Game Change" is an interesting read for anyone who craves more information about not only the 2008 Presidential campaign but campaigns in general. I was astounded by the things that were said and done behind the scenes in the 2008 Presidential Election and even learned a few new things as well. It was amazing to see the different personalities of each person running come out through the text - and surprising at times too. A lot of times we obtain views of what people must be like given what the press writes about them or in how they conduct themselves in public. This book helped shore up some beliefs and completely change others that I held about what some of the people involved must be like. The authors must have spent months sifting through information in order to compile this book and I am glad that they did. Although some of the more extreme things that were reported were broadcast in the media upon the book's release - there are still plenty of surprises awaiting in the book. 

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May 18, 2010
Great review, Danielle! I've heard about this book and your review just made it sound all the more interesting. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing! :)
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Fast-paced. Juicy. Enlightening. Entertaining. Venomous. Fun. Disturbing.
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 inexperienced 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 …
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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime is a book by political journalists John Heilemann andMark Halperin about the 2008 United States presidential election. Released on January 11, 2010, it was also published in the United Kingdomunder the title Race of a Lifetime: How Obama Won the White House. The book is based on interviews with more than 300 people involved in the campaign. It discusses factors including Democratic Party presidential candidate John Edwards's extramarital affair, the relationship between Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his vice presidential running mate Joe Biden, failure of Republican Party candidate Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign and Sarah Palin's vice presidential candidacy.

Game Change included several new assertions about the 2008 campaign that had not previously been reported. Among them were the fact thatSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Chuck Schumer privately had urged Barack Obama to run for president in the fall of 2006, in hopes that it would energize the Democratic base and improve the party's chances of winning the presidency. The book also detailed an hour-long meeting between Hillary Rodham Clinton and pollster Mark Penn, during which Clinton accused Obama of "playing the race card" and importing people intoIowa to improve his chances at the caucus. The book also alleges that Hillary Clinton wanted to make a bigger issue out of Obama's drug use, ...
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