Race of a Lifetime: How Obama Won the White House Paperback – 27 Jan 2010
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The most exciting political book of recent years. Election reporting will never be the same again (Andrew Adonis News Statesman, Books of the Year)
Welcome to the meat-grinder, flash-incinerator race to be the 44th President of the United States(The Times)
Incendiary, intriguing, nuanced, compelling. A fantastically detailed and gossipy affair (Gaby Wood Observer)
A spicy smorgasbord of observations, revelations and allegation. Leaves the reader with a vivid, visceral sense of the campaign and a keen understanding of the paradoxes and contingencies of history (Michiko Kakutani New York Times)
Consistently fascinating... every bit as good as Theordore White's The Making of a President (Anthony Howard Daily Telegraph)
Astounding, astonishing. Sleazy, personal, intrusive, shocking - and terribly compulsive. A thoroughly researched, well-paced and very amusing read. High-quality political porn (Economist)
The best account of the triumph of 2008 (Jonathan Powell New Statesman, Books of the Year)
Great fun to read. A wealth of insight. Real fly-on-the-wall journalism, where the authors claim to know not just what people said, but what they were thinking(Andy McSmith Independent)
Compulsively readable. You can't put it down(Los Angeles Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin are two of the most acclaimed political reporters in the US, with close access to the candidates and their teams. Heilemann is the political columnist at New York magazine. He is a National Magazine Award finalist and a former staff writer for the New Yorker, the Economist, and Wired. Halperin is editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time, founding editor of The Page, and former political director of ABC News. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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What makes book so interesting is the background information on the main personalities involved, along with a tight narrative of events. It's not as if any of the Democratic and Republican candidates for the presidency or vice-presidency is revealed to be much different from what you'd expect; but the extra details make them more human and so, more interesting. And yet, what you should *not* expect is an in-depth analysis of how US presidential and vice-presidential candidates are first chosen by their parties and then elected; the book remains entirely at the level of narrative, in the style of "non-fiction novel".
Having said that, I found that the bare factual information provided in the book do give material for thought as to what goes on in recent elections. For instance, everyone has the same basic strategy: focus your money, and resources, and time, on the states that hold their primaries early on, as Iowa and New Hampshire; if you get enough votes there, you gain enough momentum in terms of contributions, meedia attention, and credibility. Conversely, if you fail there, usually your campaign is sunk already.Read more ›
The bulk of the book focuses on Obama and HIllary fighting to get the nomination and Obama slowly but surely pulling ahead to get it. Hillary comes across as very entitled and arrogant while Bill is shown to be complacent and petty, both far from their public images. Bill's affairs are alluded to heavily, post-administration, though nothing comes up, he remains a volatile quandary for the campaign. Obama comes across throughout as a likeable, intelligent, highly motivated and ridiculously calm individual whose self confidence propelled him through the campaign and touched millions.
McCain and the GOP campaign pops up towards the end and the election proper is dealt with in 100 pages. McCain comes across and utterly obnoxious and angry, screaming at his wife, not caring about policy so gaffes like "The foundations of our economy are sound" happen, his debating comes across very badly because he doesn't want to learn, he makes bad decision after bad decision, ultimately leading to the worst decision of all - Sarah Palin.
Like most people I've got a fairly good idea of the person and the many, many problems with her candidacy are gone through again here. What was revelatory were what is called "The Two Sarahs" where she has the public image and then the catatonic, silent image with dead eyes. Her lack of knowledge is breathtaking and McCain's own staff begin fearing that if they won, she might be President.Read more ›
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Really entertaining and well written account of how Obama won the White House. Covers all bases. Great read overallPublished 15 months ago by Jonathan Burke
It really feels like you are in the room. You get massive insight into the characters of the protagonists. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Study Shortcuts and Exam Tips from Oxford Grads
Great book, but be warned...this is exactly the same book as "Gamechange" by the same authors.Published 23 months ago by King Rufus
Amazing and interesting book a definite read, it changed my opinion of not only Obama but both Clinton's as well, truly amazingPublished on 18 July 2014 by Gblack95
Exciting political story telling of the highest order! Written with enough intensity to leave you wanting more with every page turn. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2014 by MARTIN SEALY
A very entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the main players and occurrences of Decision 2008. Was literally unputdownable. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by Ugo