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Game Change 2012

Halperin, Mark

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Double Down
The authors of the best-selling Game Change present an account of the 2012 presidential election that draws on hundreds of insider interviews to illuminate what the election meant to both parties, covering such topics as the dramatic Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's Election Day triumph.

Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2013
ISBN: 1594204403
Characteristics: 499 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Heilemann, John 1966-
Alternate Title: Double down


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Oct 01, 2014
  • SpencerSpencer rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was just as addictive to read as GAME CHANGE, but the characters were less colorful and eye-catching, though more oblivious. Fascinating insight as to how presidential candidates can only present a polished, enhanced, or modified version of who they are. and what they believe. In this book and in GAME CHANGE, it appeared to me that many politicians choose to run for office not because it's in the best interest of the nation or because they believe they can make a positive change but because a couple of their friends, some family members, and a few constituents think they should.

Aug 21, 2014

Enjoyed this reprise of the 2012 election with inside details. I didn't read the 2008 book, but this one kept me interested all the way to the end--even when I knew what the outcome was.

May 21, 2014
  • Memawrayne rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Another good gook--like Game Change--that lets the reader see inside election campaigns. No candidate gets to be true to himself. It's all about appeasing the voter--telling them what they want to hear.

Mar 03, 2014
  • GUIDOS rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read quite a bit of political history and after seeing this touted on Charlie Rose I read about 3/4 of it; I tried to ignore the obvious smarmy anti-Romney ( and cutesy Pro-David Axelrod, Obama, Emmanuel, et al) writing but the bias began to really bother me. Romney's faults were obvious and he lost the election quite handily because of them and because of "Obaman" (to quote them) facility with engaging Obama"s core constituency (Women, minorities and gay's, to again quote the authors).

I like my political books even-handed. The problem with this one is that it purports to be that and it demonstrably is not.

Feb 15, 2014
  • looper46 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

learned quite a bit...Bottom line=Nobody liked Mitt! Too rich, too out-of-touch, too willing to sell himself to the loony right for nomination. People realized that his party would NOT put US on right track. Learned how Obama and his party knew three before election hat they would win, almost to the exact numbers that the Dems. predicted. Poor Repubs. had no clue...

Dec 17, 2013
  • readerboybill rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

well written, acerbic commentary on political candidates!

Dec 03, 2013
  • pterry25 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Fun to read. Learned a lot.

Nov 14, 2013
  • bbb1771 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Better, more compelling than the original Game Change.


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