Game Change by John Heilemann

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9 Critic Reviews

Heilemann, a columnist for New York magazine, and Halperin, the senior political analyst for Time, have conducted hundreds of interviews to provide the inside story of the 2008 campaign, longer on vignettes and backstage gossip than on analysis.
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Synopsis

“It’s one of the best books on politics of any kind I’ve read. For entertainment value, I put it up there with Catch 22.” —The Financial Times

 

“It transports you to a parallel universe in which everything in the National Enquirer is true….More interesting is what we learn about the candidates themselves: their frailties, egos and almost super-human stamina.” —The Financial Times

 

“I can’t put down this book!” —Stephen Colbert

 

Game Change is the New York Times bestselling story of the 2008 presidential election, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the best political reporters in the country. In the spirit of Richard Ben Cramer’s What It Takes and Theodore H. White’s The Making of the President 1960, this classic campaign trail book tells the defining story of a new era in American politics, going deeper behind the scenes of the Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin campaigns than any other account of the historic 2008 election.

 

About John Heilemann

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John Heilemann, national political correspondent and columnist for New York, is an award-winning journalist and the author of Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era.
 
Published February 9, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 476 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Jacob Heilbrunn on Jan 14 2010

Heilemann, a columnist for New York magazine, and Halperin, the senior political analyst for Time, have conducted hundreds of interviews to provide the inside story of the 2008 campaign, longer on vignettes and backstage gossip than on analysis.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Christine Lakatos on Feb 22 2010

...is definitely worth reading — especially if you enjoy politics. After all, politics is a contact sport and no better place to view the brutality and pleasure of it all than from the inside, even if it is already in the past.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Alan Wolfe on Jan 17 2010

...I wish that all those who scoff about insular and un-self-critical Villagers would be proven wrong. It is too bad that Heilemann and Halperin have proved them, by and large, right.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie on Mar 01 2010

The book is like a journalistic combo – reportage à la Theodore White, (though not as tight, complete or informative), combined with a style of sensational and anecdotal writing and editing one expects to see in such tabloids as the National Enquirer.

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The Atlantic

Excellent
Reviewed by Marc Ambinder on Jan 08 2010

Political scientists aren't going to like this book, because it portrays politics as it is actually lived by the candidates, their staff and the press, which is to say -- a messy, sweaty, ugly, arduous competition between flawed human beings

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Chaotic Compendiums

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Reviewed by Chaotic Compendiums on Dec 17 2010

It is very clear that these two reporters have done their homework. They've talked to many many sources, often off the record, and in doing so bring a blow-by-blow account of the race that is a highly entertaining read.

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A Good Stopping Point

Good
Reviewed by Christy on Dec 03 2011

The authors write entertainingly without seeming to give in to sensationalism.

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Political Books

Below average
Aug 17 2010

It’s a quick read so if you’re interested go for it but don’t expect anything special.

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Cogitamus

Good
Dec 21 2010

No matter where on the spectrum your politics lie, Game Change is a terrifically absorbing and entertaining read. There is truly something for everyone.

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