Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

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.

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. (Taken fron

Game Change probably sounds extremely boring to some people. It's non-fiction, which ends up being a turn-off to some people and then it's about politics, which ends up being a turn-off to a lot of people. But not for me. Well, at least regarding the politics part because I love politics. Political science is a major for college that is floating around in the back of my head. So if you like politics you will love Game Change. It was the best non-fiction book I've ever read (which isn't saying much, unfortunately, because I usually go for fiction). Anyway, it was about the 2008 presidential election which was such a soap opera it might as well have been fiction. The book focuses a lot of content on the Democratic primary and mostly about the race between Obama and Hillary Clinton. But it was all extremely interesting. There are so many insider tidbits and information that I felt like I was delving into the intimacies of each campaign. What goes on behind closed doors is crazy. The book was extremely enlightening about the candidates, the campaign, and just presidential campaigns in general. I learned a lot from Game Change. Another plus to Game Change is that it's recent history and history I actually remember. Come on, we all know a book about the 1884 election would probably end up being a little boring, but the fact that we saw all these people on TV, saw their ads, their speeches, maybe even voted in the election, made it much more interesting. I recommend Game Change to anyone interested in politics or anyone who wants to learn more about presidential elections.

9 out of 10.

FTC: I borrowed this book from my dad.

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