The gripping inside story of the presidential election, by two of the best political reporters in the country.“It’s one of the best books on politic. “Game Change” authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin attend the “Game Change” film premiere in (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images). Game Change has ratings and reviews. brian said: great minds discuss the campaign by political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

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As a private man, his signal characteristics were supreme self-possession and self-reliance.

I am rating this journalistic account of the US political election 4. While I do not consider Game Change to be serious reporting at its best, I was unable to put the book down. That must count for something…. I am a world class political junkie!

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann

I am also a secret National Enquirer reader — something I do while waiting in super market lines. So, reading Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime was like eating a chaneg hot fudge nut sundae for me…in a literary fashion. Lots of yummy stuff, but frequently lacking in nutrition. White earned himself the Gme in for his extraordinary journalistic interpretation of American politics during the presidential election with, The Making of the President He was able to portray, so vividly, the characters of the several candidates who were in the race for the presidency back then, as well as their campaign strategies and tactics — the good, the bad and the ugly.


White was, to my knowledge, the first to chronicle presidential campaigns in such a way as to emphasize their drama, and impart meaning to what often seemed chaos.

He wrote with logic and good sense in books filled with penetrating insights and much anecdotal description. However, there is little of the smarmy in Mr. Perhaps it was the times. I mean, the 21st century cannot lay claim to being the first with eccentric, to say the least, exotic, and badly behaved candidates. I read the book compulsively. The narrative is not trivial, but frequently mind boggling and very provocative. There was much information, of the personal sort, that I was not aware of and would gamme really disbelieved if I had read it in a novel.

Edwards used to be a real idol of mine.

The only one to come out of the brawl almost squeaky clean is Barak Obama and his wife, Michelle. After all, we have had some extremely successful presidents with lousy marriages and, conversely, unsuccessful presidents with wonderful relationships with their mates.

GAME CHANGE by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

But he and wife Michelle seemed able to ojhn their heads even when the going got really tough. There was little back-stabbing amongst staff members here.

On the other hand, the Obama advisors, campaign staff and volunteers had an open line of communication and what seemed to actually be a common purpose hielemann comradery — rare in political campaigns. One of my favorite moments took place just before a Republican debate, when John Johm, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani lined up at the urinals and started discussing about how much they disliked Mitt Romney — joking about the former Massachusetts governor.


A sudden hush descended when they realized Romney was standing right behind them. John Heilemann and Mark Halperin interviewed more than people intimately involved in the race for the White House, receiving e-mails, memos, recordings and notes changs willing interviewees to flesh out details. Many of the interviews were off record.

I mean, do I need to know that Senator McCain hangs-out wearing boxer shorts and a dress shirt? Game Change might provide a good read, but it is a sad commentary on our political process and those who can afford to make the race for president — both monetarily, emotionally and reputation-wise.

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

Again, it is all about dollars and the reluctance of many to subject themselves and their families to the scrutiny and scandal mongering that accompanies running for office. This book makes clear how many of those who would lead us are unworthy to do so. They place politics and personal power over the common good. No, politics is not a nice business, and many of those who represent us are not the nice and worthy people they pretend to be.

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