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Game Change by John Heilemann
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Feb 27, 2012

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Read from February 22 to 25, 2012

Having finally caught up with this book in advance of its HBO adaptation (which I'm reviewing), I'll confess to being predisposed not to like it, mainly because I have a contempt for Mark Halperin and his obsession with the political horse race, which he tends to address through conventional wisdom that's often wrong. And there are indeed lots of problems with GAME CHANGE that are very Halperin-esque, particularly in the overly broad characterization of the key players. However, the book is just juicy as hell, thanks to the loose lips of many political professionals (in the McCain and Clinton camps especially) and Halperin/Heilemann's strong sense of pace and drama. Just don't use mentions of the hackneyed title phrase as a drinking game; you will pass out cold.

(And I'd rate this 3 1/2 stars if I could.)
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