- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: WH Allen (7 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753555565
- ISBN-13: 978-0753555569
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 4.1 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My main criticism of the book is that it moves swiftly along through the controversies and calamities of the election with undue haste and without sufficient reflection on the underlying causes of the various events that made this election one of the most keenly fought and bitter contests in a very long time. The scale of President Obama's victory obscures the fact that both camps had genuine reasons to fear they would lose the election and that almost to the very end the outcome was in the balance. That sense of fear and suspense is well captured in this book and for that reason I rate it highly and would recommend it as an entertaining and enjoyable read.
The authors concentrate on Obama's re-election campaign, and in particular his hatred of debates. The Denver debate where he failed, and then onto the rest of the campaign. The high level of good will for the First Lady, Michelle, helped to give her the highest of likability of anyone in the campaign. The finely tuned operation that started in Chicago that made this election so winnable. What did surprise me, and I think it is relevant today, is the lack of really good, close people to surround the President and make sure all of his efforts and policies were on the right track and evolving as they should. Note the ACA disaster, no one seemed to be leading this effort. The President is a great idea man, but he is not one who follows up or leads the policies on-going.
And then there was Mr. Romney . Bill Clinton "remarked to a friend, that, while Mitt was a decent man, he was in the wrong line of work. 'He really shouldn't be speaking to people in public.' ". Time after time, Mitt Romney made such faux pas that showed this man was an elitist. President Obama disliked Romney intensely, and he had difficulty hiding it. The 47% remarks by Romney, really seemed to close his electability.Read more ›
Due to the book's larger size the authors were able to afford to put in the book much more than the elections analysis therefore the book is divided into three parts; its first part is telling author's story about all the aspects of Obama's Presidential mandate, second part describes what was happening in the Republican Party before the elections and how nominations were received and lost, and last part speaks about the elections themselves describing in detail what happened during the political fight between Romney and Obama.
As already mentioned, the book is quite extensive and detailed, and its main advantage is that it allows people who are not so familiar with details to inform about this topic using just this one book.
On the other hand, for those who already know a lot about what happened before the elections, and is more familiar with the characteristics of the Barack Obama's political rule, the book in large part will be repeating of known facts, causing déjà vu feeling.
It seems that the main intention of the authors was to make a sort of encyclopedia for the previous political period, one of those books that when you open for 20 years will bring back memories of everything that has happened in those turbulent months and years.Read more ›
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Once again the boys here written a very interesting book. For those seeking to understand how Obama got elected for the second time then this will deepen your understanding. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tony Laforce
Probably due to the nature of the race, this book isn't quite as engaging as "Race of a Lifetime". Read morePublished 19 months ago by Leitir
I started reading this book with the feeling that I'd be getting into a partisan account of the 2012 election. Read morePublished 23 months ago by JT
Double down excels in depth and is a reminder to why long form retrospective analysis still champs the hash tag generation. (Albeit, they've taken on much of its 'gossipiness'). Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tom
Threw it in the trash after reading half of it. It reads like Nazi propaganda for Obama. Pure junk. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Roberto
Clever and insightful analysis of how Romney moved through nomination and then the election race with Obama. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2014 by kingsnorton