Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime (Game Change #1)
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 mer...more
the great & average: fuck off and get lost.
the small-minded: enjoy!
1. sarah palin. in a way, she fares quite well. you gotta think about it like this: if one were to invite a chimpanzee over for dinner, when the monkey started flinging its own feces, knocking over bottles, yanking away the tablecloth… one couldn't very well get upset, could they? palin is palin. gotta accept it.
fun, of course, are mccain's ...more
Screaming fights in front of the staff abound; spouses are jealous of the candidates' relationship ...more
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I don't generally make a habit of posting my political beliefs in public forums, but that is a difficult subject to escape when reviewing a book about politics. I mean, it's possible. I could write something dull and impartial like, "GAME CHANGE is a great look into the 2008 election. Eye-opening. I enjoyed it" - but let's be honest, okay? Where is the fun in that? Plus, as it turns out, I actually have some sincere thoughts on the subject. ...more
Game Change is a behind-the-scenes look at the campaigns of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain and Sarah Palin. If you're a political junkie, the book is compulsively readable. So many scenes from it ...more
Ever remember how John McCain actually defended Barack Obama from those allegations that he was a secret Muslim? ...more
Edit: Watched the HBO movie based off this book. Good - but very superficial in comparison to, and only covering approx 20% of the scope of, the book. For ex ...more
"Why would I want to be the leader of a party of such assholes?"
many readers have complained that Game Change offers no policy discussion while gossip reigns supreme. well, they're right, but i think that's exactly what the authors set out to do, and i for one adored it. if you want a wonkish, in-depth review of each candidate's philosophical underpinnings and po ...more
Another great example of how we are failed by the media and need to learn details a coujple of years after the fact. Fascinating details such as how many Senators were urging Obama to run. The field looked weak. Edwards was considered shallow, Gofre was not interested ...more
Reading back over that paragraph I realize that it sounds a little over the top. Seriously, though...such a good ...more
For a chunky book, it's a surprisingly quick read, and a ...more
Game Change is the almost lyrical, detailed account of the 2008 primaries and general election ...more
The language used by all candidates is more suited to sailors on leave.
So the book was a pleasant surprise. The authors take the reader through the 2007-2008 primary season and election. Most of the book is devoted to the rising enmity between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, although there were some sw ...more
The anecdotes and gossip make this wort ...more
So forget about everything you know about McCain and Palin, Clinton and Obama, Edwards and Giuliani. The truth is actually worse. Far worse. Game Change goes ahead and deliciously details all the backbiting, sex, lies, and self-destructions of the most dissected presidential ...more
The book gives you the inside look of what the candidates were like, and what the campaigns were like, rather than just recounting wha ...more
After reading this I have increased respect for McCain (as a person) and decreased for Hillary (didn’t want to be VP: “I’ve already had that job”). Though they did mostly live up to their s ...more
Pure process focus -- ads, rallies, speeches, zingers, gaffes, facial expressions during debates, etc. If you want policy comparisons, who had the best health care plan and so on, you'll be disappointed.
A book like th ...more