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The Magic Number: Inside Obama's Chase for the Presidential Nomination

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  5 reviews
This is the inside story of Barack Obama’s historic quest for the 2008 presidential delegate majority from the unique vantage point of Jeff Berman, Obama’s national delegate director. Called Obama’s secret weapon, Berman led the effort to devise and execute the delegate plan that Obama used to capture the presidential nomination. Learn how the 2008 fight for delegates prod ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 11th 2012 by Ordway House LLC (first published January 9th 2012)
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Lawrence Roberts
I have gotten to know Jeff Berman during my time at the DNC and was impressed by his book The Obama team was fortunate to have his deep experience on hand. He describes a solid delegate plan that was well executed. The attention to detail and experience helped the campaign stay focused and see its way through the unexpected challenges that arose. This book should hold the attention of anyone who is a student of Presidential nominating process anyone who wants to know the critical importance of a ...more
Justine Morris
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Read this to understand the delegate race--which it explained. However, Berman kept throwing in these little paragraphs that weren't even really anecdotes. He'd be writing about how tense the office was, and then his family came to surprise him so they went to lunch. Which, I'm all for explaining the toll the job takes on your family, but to say "we got lunch" is not great writing. Show, not tell and all that jazz.
Kaushik Iyer
Somewhat impenetrable at times, but fascinating in its detail. Berman takes you into every caucus and every primary, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Read when news broke that Berman had joined Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Jamie Weiss
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Some great stories from the 2008 campaign, I really enjoyed reading some of them. Unfortunately there was also a lot of filler to make sure that every primary/caucus was covered and that detracted from the overall narrative, but still a very interesting "behind the scenes" report from 2008.
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Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
A thriller for political geeks... even though everyone knows how it ends.
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