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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 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 a generation, and examine Hillary Clinton's prospects for extending this record in 2008. The Bushes and Clintons have dominated because they are the premier political innovators of their age; each family closely studies the other's successes and failures and uses these lessons to shape its own strategies for winning elections and wielding power.

In the case of George W. Bush, his strategic genius is Karl C. Rove— arguably the most influential White House aide in history. Halperin and Harris cut through the myths and controversies surrounding Rove, revealing in brilliant, behind-the-scenes detail what he actually does-his trade secrets for winning elections.

In the case of the Clintons, the chief strategist is Bill Clinton himself. Drawing on their fifteen years reporting on and interviewing him, Halperin and Harris deconstruct and decipher the Clinton style—identifying techniques that all candidates can use in their pursuit of the White House.

Halperin and Harris make clear that presidential politics can be even more cynical than people suspect. But they also make argue that the most important factors in the way to win the presidency are having significant ideas and prompting them in a disciplined way. The book takes a lively and irreverent approach while also making a serious argument: That every candidate who runs in 2008 must have a strategy for ensuring that he or she does not wind up like Al Gore or John F. Kerry, who allowed their public images to be hijacked by the likes of Matt Drudge and other impresarios of what the authors call, the "Political Freak Show."

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. Download and start listening now!

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

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

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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.