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Believer begins in the inimitable world of 1960s New York but rapidly moves west. As a young newspaperman in the Chicago of the 1970s and 1980s, David Axelrod reported on the dissolution of the last of the big city political machines, along with the emergence of a black, independent movement that made Obama’s ascent possible.

Seeing the golden age of Chicago journalism collapse, Axelrod switched careers to become a political strategist, working for path breakers like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and morally conflicted characters like John Edwards. For better and worse, Axelrod helped to redefine the techniques by which modern political campaigns are run. In Believer, Axelrod offers a deeper and richer profile of this extraordinary figure—who in just six years vaulted from the Illinois State Senate to the Oval Office—from the perspective of one who was at his side every step of the way.

In sharing his life and work over the decades, Axelrod ultimately traces the continuing evolution of the Democratic party and the country at large. Believer is a powerful and inspiring memoir enlivened by the charm and candor of one the greatest political strategists in recent American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully written with warmth, humor, and remarkable self-awareness, Believer is one of the finest political memoirs I have ever read.”

    Doris Kearns Goodwin, New York Times bestselling author of The Bully Pulpit

  • “Mr. Axelrod has uncommon insights to offer.”


  • “A stout defense—indeed, the best I have read—of the Obama years.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Axelrod, liberated from the constraints of messaging, is warm and wry, loyal to Obama without being uncritical, and occasionally acid in his appraisals of others…It helps that Axelrod can write. A journalist before he was a political consultant, his book is revealing… but best of all, it is well told—the work of a capable, professional storyteller.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “As he describes working his way from political reporter to political adviser of some of the most powerful men in this country, his memoir is filled with compelling anecdotes. Although his delivery is monotone in some instances, it doesn’t diminish the power of his words. In particular, the last quarter of the production, which describes Barack Obama’s successful campaign and election to the presidency, is dynamite listening. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


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  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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