Race of a Lifetime How Obama Won the White House

John Heilemann Mark Halperin

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Penguin Books LTD Digital
octobre 2011
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Game Change [NB : Race of a Lifetime for english edition] by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, forms a journalistic research : an articulate summary of the journey that has led the United States to once again change political wind. The book presents the minds of the US politicians [both Democrat and Republican] that are shaping the contemporary world : Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain, and Sarah Palin among others. There are moments in which the almost divulgatory material disorients : the protagonists are laid bare in their ruthlessness and vulnerability, when we would instead hope for wisdom and thought. The writers unwittingly highlight how we, as citizens, should reflect on our leaders carefully. As the story evolves into the heat of the presidential election, the overriding, exacerbating emotions and tension reach a peak as the results are about to come in and the economic crisis rages. We then see who will take into their hands the dense package of complications for unravelling and tackling. It is a book largely written to glorify the leaders but at the same time put a glaring spotlight on each of their faults. This makes it a faintly exasperating read at the start, but requires patience since the story develops a much broader authoritative point by the end. Game Change/Race of a Lifetime shows how opinions are created, the propaganda behind each leader and their own relentless focus and ambition. It has been in the New York Times’ Top Ten since publication.

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Forget everything you think you know about the making of the most powerful man on the planet. President Barack Obama's triumph was not inevitable: it was the end product of a brilliant, calculated, convention-defying political campaign. In a race that will be talked about for years to come, he faced down his rivals with ruthless focus and efficiency.Race of a Lifetime is the gripping inside story of those thrilling months: from the meteoric rise of Obama and the collapsing House of Clinton to the erratic John McCain and the bewildering Sarah Palin. Brimming with exclusive revelations, this compulsively readable book lays bare the characters of the candidates, warts and all; exposes the inner workings of their operations; and charts the true path to the White House. It's a tour de force: the sometimes shocking, often funny, and ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.
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