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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 Boutsikari Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Santanu Biswas | 2/4/2014

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

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About the Author
Author John Heilemann

John Heilemann is the national political correspondent and columnist for New York magazine. An award-winning journalist and the author of Pride before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era, he is a former staff writer for the New Yorker, Wired, and the Economist. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.