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The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: the 34 days that decided the election: Playbook 2012 (POLITICO Inside Election 2012) [NOOK Book]

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The fourth and final eBook in POLITICO’s Playbook 2012 series once again provides an unprecedented minute-by-minute account of the race for the presidency. The End of the Line follows President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney as their campaign teams go all-in to win in the critical final weeks of the 2012 election.
 
From Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video to Clint Eastwood’s speech to an empty chair, the 2012 presidential...
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The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: the 34 days that decided the election: Playbook 2012 (POLITICO Inside Election 2012)

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Overview

The fourth and final eBook in POLITICO’s Playbook 2012 series once again provides an unprecedented minute-by-minute account of the race for the presidency. The End of the Line follows President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney as their campaign teams go all-in to win in the critical final weeks of the 2012 election.
 
From Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video to Clint Eastwood’s speech to an empty chair, the 2012 presidential campaign did not lack for memorable moments. In The End of the Line, POLITICO senior White House reporter Glenn Thrush and senior political reporter Jonathan Martin chronicle every hairpin turn in a race that defied the predictions of pundits and prognosticators.
 
While some political observers considered Barack Obama’s reelection far from a sure thing, the president and his team remained resolute in their belief that they would prevail. In Boston, Mitt Romney’s advisers were just as confident that their man was headed for a smashing victory. In the end, only one of those views would be validated by events. The outcome of this election was never foreordained, however, and would ultimately be determined by two candidates, three debates, and a thousand small but critical strategic decisions.
 
With an eye toward writing a “first draft of history,” Thrush and Martin report on the intense internal debates over ad strategy that defined the parameters of the fall campaign—including a crucial late-May decision by the Obama campaign that may have tipped the scales in the president’s favor. They provide a behind-the-scenes look at the candidates’ debate preparation sessions, and they reveal why Romney’s campaign was so confident they were going to win.
 
The action climaxes on election night, as the opposing camps huddle nervously in their hotel suites to await the verdict of the voters. The End of the Line reveals for the first time what the Obama brain trust really thought about the agonizingly long wait for Romney’s official concession—and what happened after Obama put the telephone to his ear and heard the words “Hello, Mr. President, it’s Mitt Romney.”
 
No one could have predicted all the twists and turns of the 2012 election—and no one was better equipped to chronicle them than the POLITICO team. The End of the Line is frontline campaign reporting at its finest, meticulously reported and compulsively readable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679645108
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/17/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 75
  • Sales rank: 655,742
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Glenn Thrush is POLITICO’s senior White House reporter and the leader of the team that won the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Association Merriman Smith Award for deadline reporting on the presidency. Before that, he ran the site’s Hill blog and spent five years with Newsday—the last three in Washington following Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York, and The New York Observer. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife, Diane Webber, and twin sons, Nathaniel and Charles.
 
Jonathan Martin has been a senior political writer for POLITICO since its 2007 inception. Most recently, he covered the 2012 campaign, winning praise for breaking news and his ahead-of-the-curve reporting and analysis on Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Before that, Martin covered the historic 2008 White House contest and subsequently the White House and the 2010 midterm elections. His work has been published in The New Republic, National Review, National Journal, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Martin graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a BA in history.
 
POLITICO is a nonpartisan, Washington-based political journalism organization that serves as the one-stop shop for the fastest, deepest coverage of the president, Congress, and the 2012 presidential race. POLITICO’s journalists break news and drive conversation about the White House, Capitol Hill, and Washington lobbying, plus the intersection of politics with Wall Street, the media, and personalities.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    The end of the line

    Good read worth the $!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

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    THIS IS MY FAVORITE BED TIME STORY. I READ IT EVERY NIGHT BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP. SWEET DREAMS.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Excellent

    Jonathan Martin has created the benchmark for analysis of the Romney campaign

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Recommended

    After seeing these two writers on CNN and CSPAN, I knew I had to read this book. If, like me, you are a political junkie you will like this book. It is relatively short with a lot of info. I look forward to another book on the 2016 race. What drives actions has always been a mystery to me, this gives the reasons behind the actions.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    A clear, concise, candid report of the election's last days!!

    The authors clearly did there homework! The results, though not pretty in the revealed contect, appear to be very accurate and well written. Both Obama and Romney made errors. The authors tell you "how" and "why". This book caused me to rethink my opinion of both candidates.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Excellent, concise summary of 2012

    If you awoke from a coma in January 2013, and wondered what had just happened in the previous election, this book would get you up to speed. It does a good job describing the conventions, debates, and the strange happenings in between. Very good, although short, history of the concluding months of the 2012 election.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    How to Broaden your Understanding of 2012

    Unfortunately, I read this book AFTER the 2012 elections. It provides insight into why they turned out as they did. republicans who want a future for our party MUST read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Enjoyed! Easy Read

    if you're a political "nerd", you will like this book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Very good book to read

    Great

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    Posted June 14, 2013

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    i am a smart buddhust obbama is my butch and will akways be vote for him ib 2016 election luv u obama
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    Xxxx ooo obbammah trishy

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    why is this a book? Politico spent their time helping Obama get

    why is this a book? Politico spent their time helping Obama get elected...... credibility and objectivity is lacking to even make this read worthy. All experts IMO of this series have had the tint of "rooting"

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