Heilemann and Halperin, Game Change (Book Review) by jgn on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 in Reading and Reviews

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime. [Amazon]

I paid attention to the Presidential primary and general elections like everyone else, and even drove up to New Hampshire to see one candidate in person. I kept up enough to know that during one period, Hillary Clinton was said to be a "sure thing," while later, it was rumored that her campaign was totally disorganized.

This book sorts all that stuff out, with significant "deep background" quotes from almost all of the players. It's a good read. At Amazon, there are a lot of complaints that the book is slanted towards Obama, but I don't think that's really the case. If anything, there's not enough about Sarah Palin.

By far, the most compelling chapter is the one on John and Elizabeth Edwards. It's even more shocking and depressing that what you might have read in reviews. If even 25% of it is true, they are both do for some serious psychological counseling.

The book reminded me how much promise there was for these candidates.

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