A Long Time Coming: The Inspiring, Combative 2008 Campaign and the Historic Election of Barack Obama

A Long Time Coming: The Inspiring, Combative 2008 Campaign and the Historic Election of Barack Obama

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by Staff of Newsweek
     
 

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A New York Times bestseller: The delicious, behind-the scenes chronicle of the epic 2008 presidential election that marked a political and generational transformationSee more details below

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A New York Times bestseller: The delicious, behind-the scenes chronicle of the epic 2008 presidential election that marked a political and generational transformation

Editorial Reviews

Alan Brinkley
A perceptive, smoothly written and generally fair-minded account of both presidential campaigns…Newsweek makes a persuasive case both for the exceptional quality of the Obama campaign and for the ways in which it displayed skills that will be of value in the White House.
—The New York Times
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Alan Brinkley, New York Times Book Review, January 18, 2009
“For sheer speed and competence, the most impressive of these recent books is Evan Thomas's "Long Time Coming," compiled from the reporting of the political writers of Newsweek (a magazine for which I occasionally write). A perceptive, smoothly written, and generally fair minded account of both presidential campaigns, it is, nevertheless, a contribution to the creation of the superhero image that has surrounded Obama over the last six months."

Shelf Awareness, January 7, 2009
“Briskly told, entertaining.”
 

Donna Seaman, starred Booklist review
“An adroitly distilled chronicle of the 2008 presidential campaign and the election of Barack Obama….This easily devoured, crisply anecdotal account, spiked with revealing, side-of the-mouth comments, charts the most cautious and reckless of political maneuverings and provides in-action portraits of the major players, both obvious and behind-the-scenes….Thomas writes that Obama, an avid reader and gifted writer, sees himself as ‘a figure out of literature,’ and, indeed, real-life stories don’t get more compelling than this.”
 

Chris Matthews, MSNBC “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” January 20, 2009
“…candy.”

PoliticsUSA.com, January 28, 2009
“A clear, concise, and fast read…The editors did a fantastic job weaving together a storyline that is both clear and compelling. It is all here, the calm of the Obama campaign, the dysfunction and infighting of the Clinton campaign, and the McCain campaign’s constant internal battle over competing directions and narratives…We all know how the story of the 2008 election ended. The fun in this book is the behind the scenes account of how we got there.”
 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786747955
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
06/17/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
678,862
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Newsweek Editor-at-Large Evan Thomas has written more than a hundred cover stories. His other books include a biography of Robert Kennedy and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller Sea of Thunder. This book is based on reporting by Daren Briscoe, Eleanor Clift, Katie Connolly, Peter Goldman, Daniel Stone and Nick Summers.

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