Game Change included several new assertions about the campaign The book also alleges that Hillary Clinton wanted to make a. Start by marking “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime” as Want to Read: I don't generally make a habit of posting my political beliefs in public forums, but that is a difficult subject to escape when reviewing a book about politics. A great campaign book Halperin and Heilemann got insiders to cough up astonishing artifacts, including emails and recordings Game Change is really .
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Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. Even before the book was out, its juiciest bits were Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime - site edition by John Heilemann, Mark Halperin. Download it. 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. The inside story of the campaign, longer on vignettes and backstage gossip than on analysis.
So, I guess you could say this was a "it's not you, it's me" thing. I feel like fans of football would actually really enjoy this novel! It uses a lot of football terms and there's talks with the coach and stuff which was nice! I just made the mistake of thinking this novel was going to be something it's not and having high expectations that weren't met. Apparently, there's also a love interest god, I hope it's not Stella aka the girlfriend of the injured quarterback because that would just be BAD and from a review I've seen, it develops quickly and unrealistically which makes sense because this novel does take place over a week—so I'm assuming it'd be very insta-lovey!
DNFed and no star rating because I didn't finish it! This did not affect my opinion in any way! Also in , according to Game Change, advisers to Clinton worked on a strategy to deal with any public disclosure over an affair which some of Hillary Clinton's advisers had believed Bill Clinton was then carrying on. The book did not provide any further details, except that the affair was "a sustained romantic relationship". According to the book, Edwards angrily rejected requests by his advisers to distance himself from Hunter.
In response to concerns that Palin was depressed and unresponsive to debate training, McCain reportedly suggested debate sessions for Palin be moved from Philadelphia to Sedona, Arizona , so Palin could be closer to her family. She also allegedly believed Saddam Hussein was behind the September 11 attacks. After initially turning Obama down in part out of fear that Bill Clinton would become a distraction for them both, she accepts the job after a late night phone conversation with Obama, who convinces her that she would be the best person for the position.
She would serve for Obama's entire first term before stepping down. She would be replaced by Senator John Kerry. Wikinews has related news: US Senate Majority leader Harry Reid criticized over "Negro" comments Harry Reid was heavily criticized for comments he previously made about Barack Obama , which had not been made public until they were published in Game Change.
According to the book, Reid said he believed Obama could become the country's first black president because he was "light-skinned" and had "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one". You really can't win.
She's mellowed out now, and she's not making the same mistakes that she made before, which is very reassuring. She seems prepared and doesn't allow herself to be baited. Some people criticizing this book have pointed out that Hillary doesn't come out looking like a good person, shrieking and screaming when things don't go her way.
But Obama doesn't escape criticism, either, which I appreciated because some of his missteps actually explained a lot of the antagonism in the race. He slighted John McCain, turning down a position he'd been offered in , and Hillary Clinton essentially took him under her wing when he was still a young senator, so according to the book, she felt like he'd betrayed her, and cut ahead of her in the presidential line.
One of the reasons the race might have felt so personal was because it was ; both of his opponents may have had cause to feel betrayed by him. And don't even get me started on John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth.
I had no idea how messed up that situation was. The Republicans and vice-presidential nominees don't make an appearance until the last third, where they're all lumped together with a quick conclusion and afterword.
I actually felt a little sorry for Palin at the end of this - although the image of her surrounded by mountains of index cards as she studied policy with her increasingly frantic aides made me laugh a bit.
It's interesting to think about how the election might have played out if McCain had ignored the advice of Rove and gone with one of his earlier choices of running mate, Joe Lieberman. The book ends on a happy note, with Clinton a little worse for wear but still as proud and indomitable as ever, being handed the olive branch in the form of Secretary of State by Barack Obama.
A decent consolation prize, as far as things go. I couldn't do politics.
Game Changer Book Review
I hate superficiality, and in politics it's all about that glittery facade that posturing politicos put on for the public, when really, the two parties are made of mostly the same stuff with different labels. Or at least, that's how things used to be. There didn't use to be that much difference between the two parties, except for a few key issues.
Now, it seems like a number of things are partisan issues that shouldn't be partisan issues, like consent and civil rights, for example, and that rallies of some parties one in particular are becoming overrun with people looking for a platform to spew hate.
That's one of the things that has me so upset about this election. It's something that I think many of us have reason to be upset about with this election. View all 10 comments. Feb 06, Lorin Kleinman rated it it was amazing. Game Change, by Mark Halperin and John Heileman, tells the riveting and deeply fun human story of the election--which was vastly more dysfunctional than anyone knew.
As Halperin pointed out recently, it gives one pause to realize that the Clintons had only the fourth most dysfunctional marriage in the campaign: Screaming fights in front of the staff abound; spouses are jealous of the candidates' relationship Game Change, by Mark Halperin and John Heileman, tells the riveting and deeply fun human story of the election--which was vastly more dysfunctional than anyone knew.
Screaming fights in front of the staff abound; spouses are jealous of the candidates' relationships with their advisers; Bill Clinton behaves like Bill Clinton; John Edwards blatantly carries on an affair; and Elizabeth Edwards, in stark contrast to her public persona, seems to be truly deplorable. And everyone swears incessantly. Only the Obamas--though certainly not depicted as perfect--emerge as genuinely likable characters.
The candidates' styles were, not surprisingly, reflected in their campaigns.
Clinton and McCain both ran operations in which the staff despised each other, and McCain's campaign lacked even the semblance of real organization.
It is shocking that a presidential campaign can be run this sloppily; Game Change observes that Sarah Palin was vetted so hastily that it resembled the selection process for an assistant secretary of agriculture, not a potential vice president.
The authors manage to evoke a certain amount of sympathy for Palin, who was put into an enormous role that she was not qualified for, without any preparation, or any organizational structure to back her up. The Obama campaign, on the other hand, was run with tremendous efficiency by people who respected each other and worked together like adults. By the end, with Edwards abandoned by his party and McCain's campaign widely ridiculed, it seems clear that Obama got exactly what he deserved.
Jan 21, Dennis rated it really liked it Shelves: The presidential election for me was like a Super Bowl, a World Cup, and a grand soap opera, all rolled into one. So it was a no-brainer that I would run from bookstore to bookstore in order to find me a copy of Game Change. Thanks, Costco! I was not disappointed. In a concise and chronological narrative, the authors highlight the Obama-Biden, McCain-Palin, and Clinton campaigns in a thrilling behind-the-scenes look at the turmoil and drama that voters didn't see.
My suspicions were large The presidential election for me was like a Super Bowl, a World Cup, and a grand soap opera, all rolled into one. My suspicions were largely confirmed: Barack Obama is aloof but supremely confident and self-assured, and works in earnest to solve problems; Hillary Clinton is ruthlessly competitive but fiercely loyal and committed to her ideals; John McCain is an aged frat-boy with an uncontrollably foul temper, and a mouth to match, who prides himself on being, well, mavericky.
And then there's Sarah Palin. The book honestly portrays the gamble McCain took when he selected the Alaska governor as his running mate, and the way his campaign handled mis-handled the aftermath of her selection.
The authors were sympathetic, if candid, about her state of preparation for the vice presidency. As a Romney supporter I was dismayed at the way his campaign was marginalized.
For example, there was no mention of the effect Benazir Bhutto's assassination had just days before the Iowa and New Hampshire votes on the sudden surge of national security to the top of voter concerns. Also, the authors merely glossed over the antics of the Huckabee campaign and others who made an issue of Romney's religious beliefs.
Overall though, this is a must-read for any U. View all 3 comments. Feb 26, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: I was still working in a newsroom during the presidential election, and when it was over I was so sick of political coverage that I couldn't imagine reading a page book about it. If you're a political junkie, the book is compulsively readable. So many scenes from it I was still working in a newsroom during the presidential election, and when it was over I was so sick of political coverage that I couldn't imagine reading a page book about it.
So many scenes from it still resonate with me years later: I saw that Mark Halperin has a new book coming out about the election, and if it's as well-written as Game Change, it will be a great read.
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Description via wiki: Game Change is a American HBO political drama film based on events of the United States presidential election campaign of John McCain, directed by Jay Roach and written by Danny Strong, based on the book of the same name documenting the campaign by political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The plot features a interview of the campaign's senior strategist Steve Schmidt Harrelson , using flashbacks to portray McCain and Palin during their ultimately unsuccessful campaign.
The film was well received by critics, with Moore's portrayal of Palin garnering praise. Schmidt praised the film, though Palin and McCain criticized it and refused to see it. Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times described Moore's depiction of Palin as "a sharp-edged but not unsympathetic portrait of a flawed heroine, colored more in pity than in admiration.
Oh, I did enjoy seeing this - and it is not surprising that McCain is such a strong voice against the present incumbent: So GOP have had 8 years to rectify a dysfunctional party and Trump is all they could come up with????
Julianne Moore was superb. Apr 11, Hadrian added it Shelves: Say, remember the presidential campaign and how wild we thought it all was? How Hillary's professional campaign lost to some upstart with big ears and a funny name from Illinois, how one of the Democratic front-runners, John Edwards, imploded from having extra-marital affairs and campaign finance laws? Come to think of it, who remembers when campaign finance laws were enforced? Or when Sarah Palin was the most gaffe-prone person in politics and couldn't name a single newspaper she read?
Oh, what a world we live in. But I admit I sometimes read campaign news almost for the same reasons I watch college football. So it goes. Apr 30, Chip rated it it was amazing Shelves: Absolutely riveting - it's A fascinating and whatever the opposite of "dry" is look into the Democrat and Republican presidential campaigns. Admittedly, I follow politics somewhat - but really anyone with an even passing interest should enjoy this. Watched the HBO movie based off this book.
For ex Absolutely riveting - it's For example, there is nada about the Democratic nomination process, so right there the first half of the book has been skipped.
In other words, watching the movie is no substitute for reading the book. View 2 comments. The best line in the whole book is from John McCain, speaking of the Republicans: View all 16 comments. Feb 14, Heidi rated it really liked it.
Imagine a reality TV show that is one-third strategy, one-third destiny, and one-third spectacle. A show that chronicles the brutal race for the most powerful office in the world, and that features bigger-than-life personalities - all of whom could star in a Shakespearean play, and some of whom, a Jerry Springer special.
Now envision yourself curled up on a couch next to a roaring fire on a rain-drenched night watching this TV show with a big bowl of buttery popcorn and a mug of made-from-scratc Imagine a reality TV show that is one-third strategy, one-third destiny, and one-third spectacle.
Now envision yourself curled up on a couch next to a roaring fire on a rain-drenched night watching this TV show with a big bowl of buttery popcorn and a mug of made-from-scratch-with-whole-milk hot chocolate.
Are you with me? Are you sensing the intense pleasure of all this? I hope so. A behind-the-scenes look at the major players of the Presidential election, this book was riveting and compelling and all the other adjectives you find on the back cover of bestsellers. She asked for help to pay her campaign debts and he declined. She was literally a last-minute decision.
A couple warnings. If you're an Obama-hater you won't like how he's portrayed either.
In ‘Game Change,’ Insight on the 2008 Campaign
All the candidates need to carry a bar of soap next to their Blackberries so they can wash their mouths out. I was surprised by their language. The worst culprit, McCain, has such a fondness for the f-word I skipped entire sentences. But even with their language issues the candidates and their spouses make for world-class people-watching.
So go ahead. Indulge yourself and read the book. You are welcome to borrow my copy, but only on one condition: View all 14 comments. NOW i understand how she and bill are together while tipper and al are shockingly split: This book is in the tradition of Theodore White's great Making of a President series, which I devoured years ago as soon as they appeared, on the inside story of presidential campaigns. This one is just as good, high praise, indeed.
Another great example of how we are failed by the media and need to learn details a coujple of years after the fact. Fascinating details such as how many Senators were urging Obama to run.
The field looked weak. Edwards was considered shallow, Gofre was not interested This book is in the tradition of Theodore White's great Making of a President series, which I devoured years ago as soon as they appeared, on the inside story of presidential campaigns.
Edwards was considered shallow, Gofre was not interested, no one else particularly strong around except Hillary and they were terrified because if she had gotten the nomination, all the increasingly common rumors of Bill's continued infidelities would surface. Not to mention her vote on the war. It was also clear that her campaign staff, while very loyal, was not as good as one would have liked. Clearly, the Clinton campaign presumed to believe the nomination was theirs, and Hillary had even put together a transition staff already in October of The only thing, she believed standing in their way was Iowa, and they didn't expect to lose that state.
Axelrod believed correctly that Mark Penn, Clinton's campaign manager, was locked into a strategy borrowed from the succesful campaign and wqould be unable to change even though times had changed drstically.
Iowa was a game changer: Obama slaughterd the opposition and Huckabee came out of nowhere to beat the other front-runners. It was also becoming abundantly clear that two major factors were preventing Hillary from doing better: Hillary had difficulty dealing with personnel issues and was reluctant to deal with problems directly one wonders how that might have translated to her administration had she won.
In fact, when a staffer asked her to deal with Bill and control him, she wanted to delegate that to someone else, arguing she couldn't do it. All of the candidates assiduously courted the Kennedy endorsement. They had long ties to the Clintons, but Edward Kennedy and his family were charmed by the similarities Obama had to their fallen icon JFK: Bill Clinton, on one of his trips to the Kennedy compound to gain support, nailed his own -- and his wife's -- chances for success, by remarking during a discussion with Teddy refering to Obama's age, and perhaps totally losing any subconscious symbolism, that "just a few years ago, that boy would have been serving us the coffee.
Meanwhile, the McCain campaign was suffering from a candidate who wasn't that popular with the Repoublican base and who knew it. His stance on amnesty for undocumented workers was anathema to the right, and he had difficulty mustering any kind of enthusiam for a protracted campaign especially after what the Bush folks had done to him in South Carolina in At one point during a debate prep session, McCain was asked to explain the difference between same-sex marriage and civil unions.
Tired of everything, he shouted, "I don't give a fuck. He worked to some extent, energizing the base. But it also lost support for McCain from moderate Republicans, many of them long-time supporters of McCain, who saw the move as a slap in the face. They viewed her as clearly unprepared to be president, and, as one large campaign donor and long-time supporter of McCain explained his switch to Obama simply by saying: Sep 26, Joe rated it it was amazing.
I never imagined I'd read this book much less give it five stars. My contempt for sniveling co-author Mark Halperin could not be exaggerated and I wasn't sure I could stomach the treatment he would give the election. Plus, I knew this story.
I had watched it unfold in realtime with an attention that bordered on obsessive-compulsive. However, from the first several pages, I confess I was spellbound. Game Change is the almost lyrical, detailed account of the primaries and general election I never imagined I'd read this book much less give it five stars.
Game Change is the almost lyrical, detailed account of the primaries and general election. The story is told in the format of a novel and boasts a dramatis personae worthy of any Shakespearian play.
Supplemented by exhaustively researched details and an intensity of perspective impossible in our ADHD media cycle, Game Change is the story of the election that we all witnessed, but is somehow much more. Authors Halperin and Heilemann take the reader right into the private conversations candidates had with their aides and advisors prior to every decision and after every debacle. In one scene, they take us right into the bathroom where the Republican nominees stand elbow to elbow at a row of urinals, laughing and joking minutes before a debate.
Much time is given to the stories we know: However, the depth of private detail and development of the characters rendered by the authors made the story seem fresh and at times shocking.
The financial collapse of September serves as a dramatic climax in which all players true colors are shown and the point of no return is irrevocably passed. These are politicians we came to know through the stage-managing of their handlers as well as their conduct in the public eye; seen through the lens of Halperin and Heilemann they seem like regular people though with extraordinary gifts and extraordinary vices.
No person emerges unscathed, though some come out far worse than others. Both Edwards come out as mentally-unbalanced sociopaths. Plus, everyone cusses a lot more than you would imagine and that makes it pretty funny too.
The book concludes beautifully, not with Obama's historic inauguration, but with a private interaction between Hillary and Obama as he presses her to take the Secretary of State job. What is revealed about these complex individuals in that moment goes a long way in recasting the narrative that had been built around them in an entirely new light.
Man, this was an awesome book.Clinton and George W. I never imagined I'd read this book much less give it five stars.
A central theme of Game Changer is that sports science fails to deliver on its ambitious promises. She has taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade language arts and social studies in the Fort Worth, TX area and was a finalist for Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. You agree to receive occasional updates and special offers for The New York Times's products and services. Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama's race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination. The same goes for McCain.
In the wake of the first Enquirer story about Mr. Even the cynical have to admire the account of his efforts to reach a productive, bipartisan agreement at the White House summit McCain initiated during the campaign suspension, as well as his earnest concern with staying up to speed on the Lehman brothers negotiations out of a sense of responsibility.