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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (18 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857204971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857204974
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robust and revealing...an entertaining novel which leaves the readers...to make up their own minds.Would you vote for him again?--Evening Standard 'Anyone suffering withdrawal symptoms from the end of "The West Wing" will enjoy this sweaty hustle among rumpled advisers,maverick donors and ambitious staff who steer the campaign machine and guard the president's door...'-- The Economist "[O] will doubtless adorn departure lounge bookshops for some time to come' Tribune magazine 11/2 'O offers some interesting morsels. One will learn much about the mania, trickery, self-deceptions and sleights of hand that have become essential to the art of winning political power. The fact this insider has chosen fiction for his sotry mirrors the ugly truth that much of what is fed to voters is another form of make-believe' The Herald 29/1 'Fascinating...This is an entertaining novel which leaves the treaders - with some guiding influence - to make up their own minds. Would you vote for him again?' Sarah Sands, Evening Standard 27/1 'A sharp gift for reportage... whoever wrote this does know something about what makes O tick' Simon Schama, FT 'Believable and entertaining' Justin Webb, The Times 'Where the book is good is on what it's like on the campaign trail; the relentless hours and travel, the drunken young interns partying every night, the jounalists desperate for an inside line' Christina Lamb, Sunday Times

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diacha on 21 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
"O, A Presidential Novel" by Anonymous is an account of the so far imaginary 2012 Presidential election campaign. It is, however, a pale shade of "Primary Colors," its putative model that was based on the Clinton campaign in 1992.

The anonymous author of "O" is represented as a Washington insider. There has been much speculation as to his or her identity - some have even suggested the President himself (but we know that he is a better writer). Opinion has settled on Mark Salter, a former McCain aide. In fact, the insider feel of this novel could just have easily been gleaned from such journalistic works as "The Race of a Lifetime," "The Bridge," "The Promise," "Obama's Wars," or "The Audacity to Win," all of which present a more colorful and insightful view into the world of Presidential politics and into the character of the 43 rd. President.

President "O" is a rather two dimensional though faithful representation of President Obama. Other characters are recognizable as cutouts of Rahm Emmanuel, David Axelrod and Arianne Huffington. Sarah Palin, who is very much on the wane in this rendition, appears indirectly as the Barracuda. "O's" Republican challenger, Tom "Terrific" Morrison is a bland, moderate conservative ex General and ex Governor who combines features of David Petraeus, say, and Mitt Romney.

The novel is hardly animated by either partisan passion or satirical wit. The plot is lame, based on how the two campaigns deal with a potential scandal - of a much tamer variety than often shows up in real life - in the challenger's past. Much of the excitement of a real world race is staunched by the President's uncontested position in his own party and the General's rapid victory in his.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By miken star on 17 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I can understand why the author wishes to remain anonymous! What a dreadful book! A complete waste of time! I can think of nothing to recommend this book to anyone. The front cover makes it look as if it should be interesting, but that's where the interest grinds to a halt. I have nothing else to say, except I'm sorry I wasted money on this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on 6 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
I cannot think of one redeeming feature of this so called novel. The author makes it clear at the outset that this book is a fictional account and that any resemblance to any real person or event is entirely coincidental. Yeah, right. And Sarah Palin is a bleeding heart liberal. The incumbent president portrayed in the novel isn't just based on Obama, it IS Obama. That much is obvious to everyone, regardless of the disclaimer in the book. The narrative device employed by the author in simply referring to the president in the third person as "O", only serves to reinforce this in our minds when reading the book.

The first 100 pages are devoted to no more than character building of each of the list of characters which the author insists on listing at the outset of the novel, as if we were about to read a Shakespearean tragedy rather than a thinly veiled attack on Barack Obama by a Republican speech writer with ideas above his station. The next 100 pages are no better and you are left wondering if anything of any note is actually going to happen here. It doesn't. This book is more a novel about the President's Campaign Manager than the President himself which begs the question of what the point of it is when it is supposed to be a novel about the nasty Democrat sitting in the White House and his faillings since he took office. The supposed "scandal" that the novel revolves around is nothing of the sort and very, very tame.

The author's identity has been supposedly unmasked as one of Senator McCain's former advisors, but who cares? There is nothing in this novel of any particularly controversy. This book is incredibly boring and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. A waste of my time, frankly.
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