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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,511 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Heilemann, Mark Halperin Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780061953736
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“This sh*t would be really interesting if we weren’t in the middle of it.”—Barack Obama, September 2008

In 2008, the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something from the realm of fiction. The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama. The shocking fall of the House of Clinton—and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama’s partner and America’s face to the world. The mercurial performance of John McCain and the mesmerizing emergence of Sarah Palin. But despite the wall-to-wall media coverage of this spellbinding drama, remarkably little of the real story behind the headlines was told—until now.

In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns. Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Heilemann and Halperin have conducted hundreds of interviews to provide the inside story of the 2008 campaign…It vividly shows how character flaws large and small caused Obama’s opponents to self-destruct.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A fascinating account…Heilemann and Halperin serve up a spicy smorgasbord of observations, revelations, and allegations…Game Change leaves the reader with a vivid, visceral sense of the campaign and a keen understanding of the paradoxes and contingencies of history.” 

    New York Times

  • “An amazing piece of work…One of the best books on politics of any kind…An absolutely gripping read.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “Riveting…A must-read for anyone interested in the cutthroat backroom hows and whys of a presidential campaign.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • An Audie Award Finalist
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy H. | 2/17/2014

    " This is not a book about political candidates' positions on issues, rather an inside look at how the campaigns were run. It is fascinating!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina Marcelin | 2/16/2014

    " I am a political junkie. During the 2008 race I was glued to everything newsie. This book was entirely familiar to me, and yet it gave a behind the scenes peek into what was NOT in the story. Easy to read and interesting to the end. Also, don't be fooled by the movie. The book is mainly about the Democratic race for the nomination. Very little is about McCain/Palin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 2/6/2014

    " It was very balanced in it's approach I thought. He didn't take sides...he simply reported the story. Overall though, it was too much detail. This book could have been as good as it was and been half as long. It did become tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Santanu Biswas | 2/4/2014

    " Fascinating and insightful. If it is as described, then this a race worth following. Seeing parallels in 2012 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/2/2014

    " I thought it was more interesting because I read it during this last election. I didn't finish it until after the election so those last few chapters were not quite as exciting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christian | 1/24/2014

    " This was an ok, book but not quite what I had hoped for. It was listed among the best books of the year by The Economist. It had some interesting annecdotes, but hardly the "political porn" it was described as. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evlondo | 1/20/2014

    " A little gossipy, but a nice look into the intricacies of the 2008 election. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/19/2014

    " The authors had great insight into the race. They did excellent research, providing conversations between people who were running the campaigns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/4/2014

    " Great behind the scenes book on the campaigns for the past election. Definitely felt like an insider and the characters in the story became real for me as opposed to the glossy images they want to be seen as in the media. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 12/27/2013

    " Insider take on 2008 election lives up to billing. A must read for political junkies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Weber | 12/27/2013

    " Incredibly interesting & fast-reading insight into the very human & very messed up world of political campaigns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gianluca Belvisi | 12/24/2013

    " A must read for any political junkie who lived the 2008 election as if it was a Game of Thrones book. Of course with less incest, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Howard | 12/23/2013

    " Well written account of the 2008 US Presidential race. Great fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey Garrett | 12/14/2013

    " It is definitely written from a liberal partisan perspective. However, it is truly engaging. A must-read for political junkies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren Kirby | 12/5/2013

    " I actually didn't finish this, partly due to my other life obligations and partly because of my politics. This is definitely from a left-wing point of view, but I still learned a lot of the "inside" story about the campaigns. Very entertaining! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Torstein | 11/19/2013

    " Have to agree with The Economist: "High-quality political porn". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 10/23/2013

    " This was phenomenal. I loved the insider look into this election. Hope they do another one for the 2012 election campaign. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 6/5/2013

    " This one took me awhile to get through but I found it really interesting, especially during an election year. I sometimes found the author used bigger words than necessary when an everyday word could have simply been used instead but I enjoyed learning new words of the day :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 4/26/2013

    " Very good book to read and learned somethings about the election that I was a very active participant as a lead volunteer in Minnesota for Obama. Felt was a little too inside Washington at times & not about the #1 story of the campaign which was the involvement of grassroots volunteers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Farrelly | 12/3/2012

    " Read it three times. Excellent book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L. Lawson | 11/12/2012

    " Very good behind the scenes of the 2088 race. Also, much, much better than the already good HBO based on (one small part of) the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Vannucci | 10/30/2012

    " Brilliant insights, gripping, highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrples | 8/18/2012

    " Couldn't put this one down. Devoured it in a day and enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 2/23/2012

    " Just great. As described by my friend Alex who recommended it, "like a really long, really good New York Magazine article". I remember living through all of this, of course, but now I understand it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R. | 8/16/2011

    " My sister recommended this book and I am glad I picked it up. It gave me new insight into our often confusing political process. There were parts that I found incomplete, but on the whole, I would recommend this book. I am watching this year unfold with increased interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dellanie | 7/24/2011

    " Read more like a novel than a non-fiction political book. Even though I consider myself fairly well informed about political matters, I learned quite a bit about the 2008 campaign. Wow, the country really dodged a bullet by not electing McCain/Palin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberto | 5/19/2011

    " A pretty god overview of a historic campaign. This is the first book on this subject that presents all of the main players in an impartial way. That is to say with their positive and negative traits. A pretty good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanna | 5/11/2011

    " I had starting reading this book when it first came out but put it down around page 40 and hadn't bothered to pick it up until last week. I am addicted to the political gossip. Love the behind the scene stories we didn't get to see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 5/2/2011

    " Very interesting and entertaining. The part about McCain watching the Edwards "hair" video over and over to cheer himself up is hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 4/21/2011

    " I thought if was facinating to read about all of the 2008 presidental candidates from a journalist's perspective. No one came out of this book unscathed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 4/21/2011

    " This book is riveting. We already know how the story ends and who won, but the behind the scenes drama is as good as any suspense novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grouchymax | 4/18/2011

    " Entertaining, although I felt like I was watching reality TV (the McCains! Does it never stop!?).

    My aunt showed a modicum of taste in dismissing it as a 'kiss and tell', but really I want one of these for every City Council election. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Racquel | 4/17/2011

    " Fascinating look inside the 2008 campaigns. We should all read it again before the 2012 campaign. Politics is an ugly business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo-ann | 4/15/2011

    " A fast paced look at the hidden world of political campaigns and strategies that will change the way you evaluate presidential candidates. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 4/8/2011

    " I read this book mostly because I was out of the country for the primaries and run-up to the election. A fast and easy read (like a tabloid) it was interesting to get a behind the scenes look and it was surprising to see how much of that news actually DID make it out of the US. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 4/4/2011

    " Fascinating, troubling and funny (in a we're-so-screwed kind of way). "

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