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From the authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller Game Change comes an explosive account of the 2012 presidential election that pulls back the curtain to reveal the exhilarating, newsbreaking story behind the headlines for the first time.

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin set the national conversation on fire with their bestselling account of the 2008 presidential election, Game Change. In Double Down they apply their unparalleled access and storytelling savvy to the 2012 election, rendering an equally compelling narrative about the circuslike Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney, and the trials, tribulations, and Election Day triumph of Barack Obama.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier. In 2008, he believed, voters had bet on a hope; in 2012, they passed positive judgment on what he’d actually done, allowing him to avert a loss that would have rendered his presidency a failed, one-term accident. For the Republicans, on the other hand, 2012 not only offered a crushing verdict but an existential challenge: to rethink and reconstitute the party or face irrelevance—or even extinction.

Double Down is the occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of an election of singular importance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compulsively readable follow-up to Game Change...A chronicle of the freak show that was the 2012 presidential election, the book illustrates how profoundly personality shapes history....Double Down amply demonstrates how our forty-fourth president earned every one of those brand-new gray hairs.”


  • “Journalists Halperin and Heilemann don’t lack for access, delivering another down-and-dirty account of an election that plays out like high-stakes high school cafeteria politics…A tantalizing prequel to 2016.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Based on hundreds of interviews, Double Down refreshes our interest in a campaign that exhausted us all.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Many juicy disclosures…[a] near-flawless narrative.”

    USA Today

  • “The book testifies to its authors’ energetic legwork and insider access…creating a novelistic narrative that provides a you-are-there immediacy...They succeed in taking readers interested in the backstabbing and backstage maneuvering of the 2012 campaign behind the curtains, providing a tactile...sense of what it looked like from the inside.”

    New York Times

  • “Chock-full of anecdotes, secret meetings, indiscreet remarks...No one can compete [with Halperin and Heilemann]. That’s what it means to own the franchise. It’s a small club: these two guys and Bob Woodward. And with this book, they’ve earned their admission.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A joyous romp through the seedy underbelly of presidential campaigning....It’s also a marvel of reporting. Any time three staff members met in a room to bad-mouth a colleague or a candidate admitted to a moment of stress or self-doubt…John Heilemann and Mark Halperin appear to have been sitting in the corner, scribbling notes.”

    Washington Post

  • “The well-connected authors have worked their sources thoroughly to give readers a warts-and-all look at what went on behind the scenes…Halperin and Heilemann give readers a real sense of why things shaped up the way they did, why events fell one way or the other, and who got clobbered as a result.”


  • “A highly entertaining, dishy read, full of astonishing revelations about the strengths and, most intriguingly, the foibles of the nation’s political stars and egos…Like crack for political junkies.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The fine performance by veteran narrator Robert Frass makes for easy listening.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Word lovers and political junkies, rejoice, and listeners who keep a dictionary for that occasional unfamiliar locution, make sure it’s close by. This fascinating examination of the 2012 presidential election is chock-full of intriguing facts and juicy tidbits, as well as being an exceptional lexicon. Robert Fass’ narration blends the right amount of well-paced vocals with emotional candor as the candidates plan their strategies, melt down, implode, and explode. Using information garnered from hundreds of interviews, the authors present a thorough investigation as the candidates' fortunes rise and fall during the campaign.”


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About the Author
Author Mark Halperin

Mark Halperin is an editor at large and a senior political analyst for Time magazine and a senior political analyst for MSNBC. He is also the coauthor of Double Down: Game Change 2012. Halperin, who has covered seven presidential elections, received his BA from Harvard and resides in New York City with Karen Avrich.