Double Down: Game Change 2012

Double Down: Game Change 2012

by Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
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Double Down: Game Change 2012 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Linda_Hermer More than 1 year ago
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.
BobbyboyNJ More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You hear the inside views of most the people involved as the campaigns play out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting read - hard to put down.  Too bad some readers can't seem to get over the results of the election
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good read for any political junkie, especially if you want a new look into the character and politics of Romney and the Republican Party. It also reveals some surprising personal vulnerabilities of President Obama and his struggle to rise to the debate challenges of the election.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book. I am a political junkie, this book is a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Double Down took the reader into the campaigns and made you feel as though you were right there. It shows the reader that preparation is very important and without it the chance of success is limited.
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ScottBell More than 1 year ago
A not uninteresting look at the 2012 presidential election. Not as fascinating as Game Change, which is not really the authors' fault, as 2012 was just not as intriguing as 2008, but the book's frequent hyperbole only highlights that fact. Plus, they needed to put down the thesaurus once in a while, because the word choice just becomes bizarre at points.
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