Double Down

Double Down

Game Change 2012

Book - 2013
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Michiko Kakutani,  The New York Times :
"Those hungry for political news will read  Double Down  for the scooplets and insidery glimpses it serves up about the two campaigns, and the clues it offers about the positioning already going on among Republicans and Democrats for 2016 ... The book testifies to its authors' energetic legwork and insider access... creating a novelistic narrative that provides a you-are-there immediacy... They succeed in taking readers interested in the backstabbing and backstage maneuvering of the 2012 campaign behind the curtains, providing a tactile... sense of what it looked like from the inside."

In their runaway bestseller Game Change , Mark Halperin and John Heilemann captured the full drama of Barack Obama's improbable, dazzling victory over the Clintons, John McCain, and Sarah Palin. With the same masterly reporting, unparalleled access, and narrative skill, Double Down picks up the story in the Oval Office, where the president is beset by crises both inherited and unforeseen--facing defiance from his political foes, disenchantment from the voters, disdain from the nation's powerful money machers, and dysfunction within the West Wing. As 2012 looms, leaders of the Republican Party, salivating over Obama's political fragility, see a chance to wrest back control of the White House--and the country. So how did the Republicans screw it up? How did Obama survive the onslaught of super PACs and defy the predictions of a one-term presidency? Double Down follows the gaudy carnival of GOP contenders--ambitious and flawed, famous and infamous, charismatic and cartoonish--as Mitt Romney, the straitlaced, can-do, gaffe-prone multimillionaire from Massachusetts, scraped and scratched his way to the nomination.

Double Down exposes blunders, scuffles, and machinations far beyond the klieg lights of the campaign trail: Obama storming out of a White House meeting with his high command after accusing them of betrayal. Romney's mind-set as he made his controversial "47 percent" comments. The real reasons New Jersey governor Chris Christie was never going to be Mitt's running mate. The intervention held by the president's staff to rescue their boss from political self-destruction. The way the tense détente between Obama and Bill Clinton morphed into political gold. And the answer to one of the campaign's great mysteries--how did Clint Eastwood end up performing Dada dinner theater at the Republican convention?

In Double Down , Mark Halperin and John Heilemann take the reader into back rooms and closed-door meetings, laying bare the secret history of the 2012 campaign for a panoramic account of an election that was as hard fought as it was lastingly consequential.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2013.
ISBN: 9781594204401
Characteristics: 499 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Heilemann, John 1966-

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SpencerSpencer Oct 01, 2014

This was just as addictive to read as GAME CHANGE, but the characters were less colorful and eye-catching, though more oblivious. Fascinating insight as to how presidential candidates can only present a polished, enhanced, or modified version of who they are. and what they believe. In this book and in GAME CHANGE, it appeared to me that many politicians choose to run for office not because it's in the best interest of the nation or because they believe they can make a positive change but because a couple of their friends, some family members, and a few constituents think they should.

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seaxfamx
Aug 21, 2014

Enjoyed this reprise of the 2012 election with inside details. I didn't read the 2008 book, but this one kept me interested all the way to the end--even when I knew what the outcome was.

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Memawrayne
May 21, 2014

Another good gook--like Game Change--that lets the reader see inside election campaigns. No candidate gets to be true to himself. It's all about appeasing the voter--telling them what they want to hear.

GUIDOS Mar 03, 2014

I read quite a bit of political history and after seeing this touted on Charlie Rose I read about 3/4 of it; I tried to ignore the obvious smarmy anti-Romney ( and cutesy Pro-David Axelrod, Obama, Emmanuel, et al) writing but the bias began to really bother me. Romney's faults were obvious and he lost the election quite handily because of them and because of "Obaman" (to quote them) facility with engaging Obama"s core constituency (Women, minorities and gay's, to again quote the authors).

I like my political books even-handed. The problem with this one is that it purports to be that and it demonstrably is not.

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looper46
Feb 15, 2014

learned quite a bit...Bottom line=Nobody liked Mitt! Too rich, too out-of-touch, too willing to sell himself to the loony right for nomination. People realized that his party would NOT put US on right track. Learned how Obama and his party knew three before election hat they would win, almost to the exact numbers that the Dems. predicted. Poor Repubs. had no clue...

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readerboybill
Dec 17, 2013

well written, acerbic commentary on political candidates!

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pterry25
Dec 03, 2013

Fun to read. Learned a lot.

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bbb1771
Nov 14, 2013

Better, more compelling than the original Game Change.

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