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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Halperin, John F. Harris Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9781400172993
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In The Way to Win, two of the country’s most accomplished political reporters explain what separates the victors from the victims in the unforgiving environment of modern presidential campaigns.

Mark Halperin, political director of ABC News, and John F. Harris, the national politics editor of The Washington Post, tell the story of how two families—the Bushes and the Clintons—have held the White House for nearly a generation and examine Hillary Clinton’s prospects for extending this record in 2008. Based on years of research, including private campaign memos and White House communications, The Way to Win reveals the surprising details of how the Bushes and Clintons have closely studied each the other’s successes and failures and used these lessons to shape their own strategies for winning elections and wielding power.

The Way to Win takes a lively and irreverent approach, but Halperin and Harris also show the disturbing ways that American politics has become a Freak Show—their name for a political culture that provides incentives for candidates, activists, interest groups, and the news media to emphasize ideological extremism and personal attack. On the brink of what will be one of the most intense, most exciting presidential elections in American history, The Way to Win is the book that armchair political junkies have been waiting for. Filled with peerless analysis and eye-opening revelations from the trenches, it is a must read for everyone who follows American politics.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An in-depth, indefatigable examination of American media and politics at the turn of the millennium.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Written in an easy to follow and entertaining style that translates well to audio.”


  • “A good road map for presidential aspirants, this book is also fascinating reading for the voters who will be watching the spectacle.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K Beckner | 8/24/2013

    " Rapidly becoming out-of-date, but it taught me a lot about politics when I thought I knew more than I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danial | 7/9/2013

    " The book can suitably be termed as an elaborate attempt at understanding, by examining the experiences of the Bushes and the Clintons, what it really takes to win the election. In other words they are offering the trade secrets of modern politics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evan | 4/14/2013

    " This book was differnet and helped me understand the potical world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James O'donoghue | 4/19/2010

    " Political master Mark Halperin dissects the modern landscape with incredible precision. I think Axelrod and Plouffe took this book to heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 2/26/2010

    " I read this when it first came out. Now that the 2008 presidential election has come and gone, I want to re-read it and see how well Senator Obama followed Mr. Halperin's game plan on winning the White House. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 5/10/2009

    " Lots of interesting insight into the Bush and Clinton presidencies as well as for what to expect during the 2008 campaign. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Simmons | 4/11/2009

    " Started this as part of a class on campaign management in the spring - I'd like to finish it by the 2008 election. The best chapter so far is the one on how Matt Drudge and the Internet changed presidential politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew Johnson | 7/18/2008

    " Revenant bc of Romney. Bush politics (exploit the base) vs clinton politics bridge all good ideas to central theme; Old media filter had left bias, new media rises with no filter, old media responds with lower filter=Freak Show "

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About the Author
Author Mark Halperin

Mark Halperin is an editor at large and a senior political analyst for Time magazine and a senior political analyst for MSNBC. He is also the coauthor of Double Down: Game Change 2012. Halperin, who has covered seven presidential elections, received his BA from Harvard and resides in New York City with Karen Avrich.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.