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Michiko KakutaniWhile Mr. Plouffe doesn't serve up a lot of news and obviously retraces lots of familiar ground…he gives readers a visceral sense of the campaign from an insider's point of view. And while reporters and political analysts have long since deconstructed the reasons for Team Obama's win…Mr. Plouffe provides a detailed and revealing account of exactly how he and Mr. Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, created and executed the blueprint that turned the junior senator from Illinois—this "skinny guy from the South Side with a funny name," as the candidate once described himself—into a formidable political force who redrew the electoral map and defeated the huge, clanking Clinton and G.O.P. machines.
—The New York Times