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Journalist Joy-Ann Reid charts the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and the Clintons, showing how Democrats have been caught in a whirl of shifting allegiances to each—and how this ever-changing strategic balance is shaping the party’s future

The epic battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic party’s nomination in 2008 profoundly split the party faithful. The fight was brutal and ugly, sparking a media feeding frenzy.

When it was over, Hillary supporters backed Obama, who as president appointed Hillary to the highest position in his cabinet: secretary of state, a role she embraced to wide acclaim. Four years later, former President Bill Clinton appeared on the campaign trail and at the Democratic convention, giving Obama the most powerful and effective endorsement of the re-election. Now, more than two years before the next national election, with speculation about a second Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy running rampant, the questions have already begun: Will Obama people endorse a Clinton campaign? What role will the sitting president play—and will his support even be welcome?

Veteran reporter Joy-Ann Reid investigates these questions and more, offering breaking news, fresh insight, and experienced insider analysis, mixed with fascinating behind-the-scenes drama, illuminating one of the most intriguing political relationships in modern history and its importance for the future of America itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Joy-Ann Reid exposes race as the San Andreas Fault of American politics. She exposes the white-black friction that’s propelled so much of our country’s debate, from Lincoln-Douglas to Obama-Clinton. Reid’s candid and tough chronicle nails it.”

    Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews

  • “MSNBC correspondent Reid, a press aide to Barack Obama’s Florida campaign in 2008, charts the split in the Democratic Party owing to the rivalry between Obama and Hillary Clinton and considers how it might affect the 2016 presidential elections.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

Joy-Ann Reid has worked in the media for nearly two decades. She is an MSNBC correspondent appearing regularly on Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. She is managing editor of TheGrio.com and has written columns for the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Salon.com, and the South Florida Times. She was also involved in both the 2004 and 2008 national political campaigns. She lives in New York City.