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The Battle for America 2008 by Dan Balz
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A decent narrative account of the 2008 election. While the authors had access to a number of insiders from both the Republican and Democratic campaigns, I didn't find anything especially surprising revealed through those interviews. Most of this is information that has been previously reported.

The book's primary virtue is in taking disparate threads and accounts and weaving them together into a tight, streamlined narrative. There is some examination of the election's political and social significance, but it is superficial. I do not mean that as a criticism of the authors, since they were writing about events in the very recent past, but it is mainly an account of events, not a work of analysis.
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