Double Down: Game Change 2012

Double Down: Game Change 2012


By (author) Mark Halperin, By (author) John Heilemann

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  • Publisher: Penguin Press
  • Format: Hardback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 41mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 5 November 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1594204403
  • ISBN 13: 9781594204401
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 61,689

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Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "Those hungry for political news will read "Double Down" for the scooplets and insidery glimpses it serves up about the two campaigns, and the clues it offers about the positioning already going on among Republicans and Democrats for 2016 ... The book testifies to its authors' energetic legwork and insider access... creating a novelistic narrative that provides a you-are-there immediacy... They succeed in taking readers interested in the backstabbing and backstage maneuvering of the 2012 campaign behind the curtains, providing a tactile... sense of what it looked like from the inside." In their runaway bestseller "Game Change," Mark Halperin and John Heilemann captured the full drama of Barack Obama's improbable, dazzling victory over the Clintons, John McCain, and Sarah Palin. With the same masterly reporting, unparalleled access, and narrative skill, "Double Down" picks up the story in the Oval Office, where the president is beset by crises both inherited and unforeseen--facing defiance from his political foes, disenchantment from the voters, disdain from the nation's powerful money machers, and dysfunction within the West Wing. As 2012 looms, leaders of the Republican Party, salivating over Obama's political fragility, see a chance to wrest back control of the White House--and the country. So how did the Republicans screw it up? How did Obama survive the onslaught of super PACs and defy the predictions of a one-term presidency? "Double Down" follows the gaudy carnival of GOP contenders--ambitious and flawed, famous and infamous, charismatic and cartoonish--as Mitt Romney, the straitlaced, can-do, gaffe-prone multimillionaire from Massachusetts, scraped and scratched his way to the nomination. "Double Down" exposes blunders, scuffles, and machinations far beyond the klieg lights of the campaign trail: Obama storming out of a White House meeting with his high command after accusing them of betrayal. Romney's mind-set as he made his controversial "47 percent" comments. The real reasons New Jersey governor Chris Christie was never going to be Mitt's running mate. The intervention held by the president's staff to rescue their boss from political self-destruction. The way the tense detente between Obama and Bill Clinton morphed into political gold. And the answer to one of the campaign's great mysteries--how did Clint Eastwood end up performing Dada dinner theater at the Republican convention? In" Double Down," Mark Halperin and John Heilemann take the reader into back rooms and closed-door meetings, laying bare the secret history of the 2012 campaign for a panoramic account of an election that was as hard fought as it was lastingly consequential.

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MARK HALPERIN is an editor at large and a senior political analyst for "Time" magazine, and a senior political analyst for MSNBC. Halperin, who has covered seven presidential elections, received his B.A. from Harvard University and resides in New York City with Karen Avrich. JOHN HEILEMANN is the national affairs editor for "New York" magazine and a political analyst for MSNBC. An award-winning journalist and author of "Pride Before the Fall," he is a former staff writer for "The New Yorker, Wired," and "The Economist." He lives in Brooklyn.

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Praise for Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's "Game Change" Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "A fascinating account... Heilemann and Halperin serve up a spicy smorgasbord of observations, revelations, and allegations... The authors mix savvy political analysis in these pages with detailed reconstructions of scenes and conversations"... Game Change" leaves the reader with a vivid, visceral sense of the campaign and a keen understanding of the paradoxes and contingencies of history." Tim Rutten, "Los Angeles Times" "Compulsively readable. Once begun, you can't put it down... Deeply and knowledgeably reported and presented with all the cool sophistication one would expect from two accomplished political reporters." Tina Jordan, "Entertainment Weekly" "What makes their book different from others, and so riveting, is the depth of their material... This is no dry history... Its pages brim with scandalous tidbits... This is a must-read for anyone interested in the cutthroat backroom hows and whys of a presidential campaign... And it doesn't hurt that "Game Change" reads more bodice ripper than Beltway." Clive Crook, "Financial Times" "An amazing piece of work... It's the best book on a presidential campaign I've read by a mile. And it's one of the best books on politics of any kind I've read. As for entertainment value, I put it up there with" Catch-22". It is in the top percentile in three quite separate dimensions. First, it is a remarkable feat of reporting. Where was everybody else while all this was going on? Second, it is politically sophisticated: Heilemann and Halperin are extremely smart. Third, it is an absolutely gripping read, because on top of everything else, they can write."