Sunday, January 16, 2011

Game Change by John Heilemann & Mark Halperin

Another book for you who crave political behind-the-scenes books. Game Change drops you in the campaigns of Obama, Clinton and McCain. You will grab insights into how each team felt about the other and what they did to combat the hysteria that crowds a presidential campaign.

I enjoyed how even-handed this book felt. I didn't think the authors were pushing their support for any candidate. They gave you the information and told it like it was.

You'll discover crazy ideas such as: McCain's team wanted him to announce that he would only serve one term as President; from the beginning, it seemed as if McCain didn't really desire to be President; Obama had a firm grasp of running after a slow start, Clinton couldn't believe Obama would cheat her out of her due after all the money she raised for him; many in McCain's camp thought Palin was mentally unstable, and then you have the spouses: we're talking intense.

So much information goes through your mind as you uncover the back-biting and complaining whenever something wouldn't go the candidate's way.

This has been the first political book since Obama took office that gave each candidate an even score. You will not find a bias within these pages. You will find straight-laced reporting and wonderful storytelling.

This is an ace for any political junkie.
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

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