After reading the excellent "The Battle for America, 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election" by Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson I couldn't wait to read the sequel. And I certainly wasn't disappointed.
This book, I'm sure, will go down as the definitive account of the 2012 election. At times it felt like reliving events of the campaign. The beauty with this book is the huge content leads you to reevaluate your entire perspective on the Republican presidential candidates and Barack Obama.
We learn Moderate Mitt from Massachusetts isn't quite as ring-wing as he would have liked America to think, nor is he the complete flip-flopper Obama made him out to be. We are told Rick Perry was recovering from a serious back operation which his senior staff blamed for the unforgettable debate performance. We discover how intricate the Obama's election machine really was. And, my favourite, how senior Romney aides felt physically ill at Clint Eastwood's bizarre performance at the Republican convention.
Filled with unforgettable stories such as those, Balz never leaves you bored or confused, and leaves you with many answered questions about the campaign. He even allows you to speculate about the next four years and beyond.
My only criticisms are: Balz pays little attention to Obama's endorsement of and Romney's opposition to same-sex marriage which, in my opinion, was a crucial part of the debate because it showed another clear divide in their visions for America; the text size is a bit small; and there are no photographs of the campaign, which would have helped identify less well-known candidates.
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