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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Plouffe Narrator: Erik Davies Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781101145821
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David Plouffe was not just the architect of the campaign that put Barack Obama in the White House; he also built a grassroots movement that changed the face of politics forever and reenergized the idea of democracy itself. Now he recounts the amazing story of how the Obama for America campaign developed and executed its sweeping, unprecedented plan. The Audacity to Win is the story of a perfect match of candidate and campaign.

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Quotes & Awards

  • ...engaging, detailed and frequently illuminating account of the Obama presidential campaign... Miami Herald
  • ...a gripping blockbuster of a book, manna for political aficianados and newcomers to elections alike, full of scrappy details, minute explanations of strategy, tales from the trail and candid assessments of mistakes made and lessons learned. Daily Kos
  • After reading Plouffe's engaging, detailed and frequently illuminating account of the Obama presidential campaign, one can see how the campaign was lucky and good-- indeed, often very, very good. San Francisco Chronicle
  • [Plouffe] gives readers a visceral sense of the campaign from an insider's point of view...He offers acute assessments of the larger dynamics at play in the 2008 race, and he is frank about missteps that the Obama campaign made along the way...A detailed and revealing account. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
  • Plouffe has written the most important political book of the year. It reads like a thriller...I flipped it open, read a few lines and was hooked...But it's not the insider look at the past that makes the book so important. It's what it shows us about the present--and the effect it could have on the future. Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Dasilva, | 2/20/2014

    " The best campaign book since Making of the President 1960!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 2/16/2014

    " Breezy read. Plouffe is actually not a great writer, but it hardly matters. Some wonderful insight into the Obama campaign. Most of the book deals with the primary season. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny | 2/11/2014

    " I listened to the audio book and loved it. I followed the Obama campaign from start to finish and this book just brought back the wonderful experience and feelings. (I also own the hardcover book.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 2/10/2014

    " Comprehensive look at the 2008 campagin. As someone who is deeply involved in campaigns - many of them political - I found it fascinating to read such an incredible textbook on a game changing campaign. Others may find it a little long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Roberts | 1/29/2014

    " As books by political operatives go... this is one of the more telling ones I have read in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/28/2014

    " Just the inside-the-campaign book I'd been hoping for. Even though you know what's going to happen, you can't wait to find out how they made it happen. Great insights into the thinking and character of Barack, Ax and Ploufe, and why it all worked. Also some moving (and some funny) personal anecdotes, like Ploufe's new baby due just before Election Day, and the beer-and-burgers superstition. It's a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Moore | 1/20/2014

    " Great book, TERRIBLE narrator on Audible. "

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

    " Interesting look into the SMART campaign that won the presidency. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 1/7/2014

    " For any form of organizing this is a must read. Decision making based on understanding your mission while overseeing a grassroots movement. It's a blueprint to success. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 12/15/2013

    " A fairly easy and quick read - at times, Plouffe paints an entirely too rosy picture of his campaign. It defies belief that everything was as hunky dory as he portrays it. But all in all, worth the read if only for the insights and behind-the-scenes view of the Obama operation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/11/2013

    " I did not know much about strategy or campaigning in general for an election and I learned a lot of about what went into Obama's win. A good read if you want to learn more about caucases and early voting and the gist of what a campaign manager does and is thinking in the years before an election. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca Atchison | 5/27/2013

    " I was fascinated by this book and felt more inspired with every chapter. A great inside look into the campaign and the lives of the people who gave us our President. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammyvanderwoude | 5/3/2013

    " What a great inside view into an incredibly fascinating campaign! I especially loved ready how the Obama folks reacted to unexpected campaign twists, like Hillary's moment of sincerity in New Hampshire, Jeremiah Wright, and Sarah Palin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 2/10/2013

    " Interesting study of 2008 which I went back to because of the current election. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrell Fisher | 10/20/2012

    " This was a extremely well run campaign. Even when they had problems Obama was the one who kept the calm. The campaign ran completely off his personality.....COOL "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris Freud | 10/18/2012

    " Fair campaign dish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 8/30/2012

    " pretty amazing so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 7/31/2012

    " My kind of campaign book. Absorbing enough for any political junkie, and it made me happy that I voted for the guy -- he seems like he really is what I thought he was. How often in your life can you vote for somebody like that? (not nearly often enough...) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lewis Weinstein | 5/28/2012

    " A brilliant analysis of Obama's 2008 victory by the brilliant politician who managed it. It's time to re-read this to get a preview of the 2012 campaign. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 5/20/2012

    " A very readable illuminating insiders look at the Obama campaign. One can see that although at times they were lucky, they were also very very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Pate | 2/5/2012

    " Good reminder of just how long the primary lasted -- the vast majority of the book is focused on it. Only the last 100 pages or so are regarding the general election. Overall a good book (if obviously one-sided), but no real revelations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prae | 10/17/2011

    " Reading this well-written analysis of US political campaigns, voters' interests and candidates in a mediacracy makes me long for Plouffe's book on Obama's 2012 campaign. Since I'm liberal and a sucker for political non-fiction: 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 4/24/2011

    " Good, but a bit watered down. Not unexpected given Obama running in 2012, but more detail would be nice. "

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About the Narrator

Erik Davies is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice-over actor. His stage credits include G.R. Point, Unpublished Letters, and Flats Fixed. Some of his television and film appearances include ER, Third Watch, and a starring role in the hit indie comedy High Society: A Pot Boiler. His audiobook narration has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.