“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
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.”