John Heilemann, Mark Halperin – Game Change


“This shit would be really interesting if we weren’t in the middle of it.”–Barack Obama, September 2008

In 2008, the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something from the realm of fiction. The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama…. The shocking fall of the House of Clinton – and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama’s partner and America’s face to the world…. The mercurial performance of John McCain and the mesmerizing emergence of Sarah Palin.

But despite the wall-to-wall media coverage of this spellbinding drama, remarkably little of the real story behind the headlines has yet been told. In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the country’s leading political reporters, use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. How did Obama convince himself that, despite the thinness of his rsum, he could somehow beat the odds to become the nation’s first African-American president? How did the tumultuous relationship between the Clintons shape – and warp – Hillary’s supposedly unstoppable bid? What was behind her husband’s furious outbursts and devastating political miscalculations? Why did McCain make the novice governor of Alaska his running mate? And was Palin merely painfully out of her depth – or troubled in more serious ways?

Game Change answers those questions and more, laying bare the secret history of the 2008 campaign. This is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel.

Author: John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris
Duration: 14 hours 44 minutes
Released: 10 Nov 2001
Publisher: HarperAudio
Language: English

User Review:

armadillo optimistic

Usually I don’t read non-fiction, and I happened to have this book at my son’s request. SO, I decided to try a little of it, and I couldn’t stop listening, basically. There is so much inside information, and it’s so juicy. It’s amazing how different some of the people seem when you get a look behind the scenes! I found the chapters on John Edwards and company as well as the ones on McCain and Palin the most revealing of a “different side.” I read somewhere that the authors did over 200 interviews to get their information; it really seems credible. It’s much more interesting to read it here than to read the whitewashed accounts in the news media.