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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Balz, Haynes Johnson Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The election of 2008 shattered political barriers, illuminated undercurrents of race, gender, and class, and ignited an extraordinary battle among some of the most formidable rivals ever to seek the presidency in Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain. It was an election that played out against a backdrop of war, economic collapse, and deep pessimism about the future. Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson followed this campaign from the candidates’ first forays into Iowa and New Hampshire to the historic night of Obama’s victory celebration. They offer behind-the-scenes details of turning points like the stunning endorsement of Obama by Senator Edward M. Kennedy. They probe the strategic mistakes of the Clinton campaign and the story behind Obama’s breakthrough organization. They cast in new light McCain’s struggle for survival in the Republican primaries, his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, and the economic meltdown that ensured Obama’s victory. Exclusive interviews with the candidates and their top strategists produce intimate portraits of Obama, Clinton, and McCain under stress throughout the longest and most expensive presidential campaign in American history. Balz and Johnson also move far off the campaign trail to listen to voters in battleground states express their deep anxieties about the darkening economic climate and the challenges facing the United States. This audiobook is a riveting account of how this election not only marked a new era in American politics but also offered a test of historic proportions at a watershed moment for our nation. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aaron | 2/9/2014

    " Interesting book - the authors do a good job of portraying both sides' views on comments and actions throughout the campaign. In particular, the chapters concerning the Clintons and how they tried so desperately to get the Democratic nomination for Hillary are quite informative and entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steven | 1/25/2014

    " I couldn't wait to see who won! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vicki | 1/20/2014

    " Of course I was following the election in 2008, so one might think that this book might be mots -- and some of it is. The authors, however, got some real inside information, so some of it was new to me. I liked having a summing up of the whole thing with a little bit of time perspective -- though obviously not a lot! A good read for those at all interested in politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 1/15/2014

    " Overall an enjoyable read especially for those who can't get enough of the historic 2009 election. Not sure any new ground was covered--for those who saw interviews with the authors most of the new anecdotes were mentioned there. But still, well written and a solid chronicle of last year's presidential race. "

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