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Author: David Axelrod Narrator: David Axelrod Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780698154551

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The great strategist who masterminded Obama’s historic election campaigns opens up about his years as a young journalist, political consultant, and ultimately senior adviser to the president

The man behind some of the greatest political changes of the last decade, David Axelrod has devoted a lifetime to questioning political certainties and daring to bring fresh thinking into the political landscape. Whether as a child hearing John F. Kennedy stump in New York or as a strategist guiding the first African American to the White House, Axelrod shows in Believer how his own life stands at the center of the tumultuous American century.

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, 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 pathbreakers 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.

The heart of Believer is devoted to Axelrod’s twenty-year friendship with Obama, a warm partnership that inspired both men even as it propelled each to great heights. As senior adviser to the president, Axelrod served during one of the most challenging periods in national history and worked at Obama’s side as he battled an economic disaster, navigated America through two wars, and fought to reform health care, the financial sector, and our grid-locked political institutions. 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 frankly 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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  • “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.”

    - Economist
  • “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.”

    - AudioFile


  • New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

David Axelrod spent eight years as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. As a political consultant, he has managed strategy for more than 150 local, state, and national campaigns. He served as a senior strategist to President Obama’s 2008 election campaign and his 2012 re-election, in addition to serving in the White House as a senior adviser to the president.