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Double Down: Game Change 2012

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13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Fascinating

Being a poltical junkie, oftentimes books about elections and the political landscape yield little new information than what you get on the news shows. Not the case with Double Down. Really fascinating behind the scenes stories of the 2012 election cycle covering cand...
Being a poltical junkie, oftentimes books about elections and the political landscape yield little new information than what you get on the news shows. Not the case with Double Down. Really fascinating behind the scenes stories of the 2012 election cycle covering candidates from the Republican primaries all the way through the November election. Strategy, relationships, miss-steps, winners, losers, this book was incredibly insightful. A must read for anyone who is intrigued by political strategy and the story behind the story

posted by Anonymous on November 11, 2013

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5 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

Let us re-write history

In his first four years he accomplished nothing positive. He was only elected due to the peculiar fact that he is a negro. How sad that this is how we select a leader now. National debt increases under Mr. Obama more than under ALL the previous presidents combined. E...
In his first four years he accomplished nothing positive. He was only elected due to the peculiar fact that he is a negro. How sad that this is how we select a leader now. National debt increases under Mr. Obama more than under ALL the previous presidents combined. Enjoy the lost freedoms, kids.

posted by JohnI on November 16, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Fascinating

    Being a poltical junkie, oftentimes books about elections and the political landscape yield little new information than what you get on the news shows. Not the case with Double Down. Really fascinating behind the scenes stories of the 2012 election cycle covering candidates from the Republican primaries all the way through the November election. Strategy, relationships, miss-steps, winners, losers, this book was incredibly insightful. A must read for anyone who is intrigued by political strategy and the story behind the story

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    great objective book about the 2012 election

    You hear the inside views of most the people involved as the campaigns play out.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    Chock-full of revelations for the politically minded

    For anyone who followed the 2012 presidential contest with gusto, Double Down will be a deeply pleasurable read. The two major leaks discussed in pre-release promos, those of Gov. Chris Christie's onerous opposition research file and Hillary Clinton's being tested in focus groups as a potential 2012 VP candidate for Obama, comprise only two of 7-10 major insider findings. The book is replete with juicy stories that will fascinate both Republicans and Democrats. The best story, for instance, concerns how Obama almost blew the second debate with Romney as badly as the first.

    As with their 2008 best-seller Game Change, to enjoy the book you have to trust the authors' sourcing. They say that even though all informants spoke on the condition of no-attribution they at least doubly confirmed all findings. They interviewed an enormous and truly impressive set of people for the book, including the current and several former presidents, and reviewed countless diaries and recordings as well. It speaks to their sourcing methods that no major finding has been rejected in the press by those said to be involved.

    If you follow politics closely and can suspend a bit of disbelief resulting from the lack of citations, you'll deeply enjoy this book.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Revealing and funny

    This behind the scenes look at the two presidential campaigns was absolutely enlightening as well as entertaining. The flashbacks helped to explain much. The faults, screw ups and the like made everyone seem human. Without realizing the "real" Obama as a lawyer I now understand his responses to questions as he tries to respond to questions these days. Mitt, on the other hand is a businessman. He is good at making presentations. The Obama team had their hands full trying to reorient the President's thinking so that he good manage the last two debates. Mitt's handlers were so out of touch they killed any chance he had. Great book, I loved it and strongly recommend it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    A very interesting read - hard to put down.  Too bad some reader

    A very interesting read - hard to put down.  Too bad some readers can't seem to get over the results of the election

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    A guest pass backstage to the 2012 election

    Double Down is a must read for political junkies of any stripe. It's like having a backstage pass to the 2012 election...both Obama and the Romney campaign, and the bit players, come to life like you actually were in the room with them as events occured.

    The writing is fun to read and and absorbing. These guys are hella writers and this book is as informative as Game Change and I would say even better.

    Read it and laugh, understand these candidates, enjoy the writing and get your political jones on. Excellent work!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Great Book. I am a political junkie, this book is a great read.

    Great Book. I am a political junkie, this book is a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Highly recommend

    Even if you didn't like Game Change, you may find Double Down interesting. Baby Boomers, especially, might appreciate the authors ' 400+ interviews that show,at least in part, what has become of the Republican Party we once thought we knew. It was also intriguing to me to learn how the Dems managed to get it together after the first debate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Flight

    Good s**t.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

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    A must read!

    This is a great book to read and find out what goes on with politics and complements Game Change!

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