Double Down

Double Down

Game Change 2012



Read by: Robert Fass

Format
CD – Unabridged
Price
$39.95
 
  • CD – Unabridged
  • ISBN 9781611762150
  • 20:00:00 Duration
  • Penguin Audio
  • Adult

Overview

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin set the national conversation on fire with their bestselling account of the 2008 presidential election, Game Change. In Double Down, they apply their unparalleled access and storytelling savvy to the 2012 election, rendering an equally compelling narrative about the circuslike Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney, and the trials, tribulations, and Election Day triumph of Barack Obama.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier. In 2008, he believed, voters had bet on a hope; in 2012, they passed positive judgment on what he’d actually done, allowing him to avert a loss that would have rendered his presidency a failed, one-term accident. For the Republicans, on the other hand, 2012 not only offered a crushing verdict but an existential challenge: to rethink and reconstitute the party or face irrelevance–or even extinction. Double Down is the occasionally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of an election of singular importance.

Double Down

Double Down

Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, Read by: Robert Fass

Praise

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.”
 
Michael Kinsley, The New York Times Book Review:
“Chock-full of anecdotes, secret meetings, indiscreet remarks … No one can compete [with Halperin and Heilemann]. That’s what it means to own the franchise. It’s a small club: these two guys and Bob Woodward. And with this book, they’ve earned their admission.”
 
The Economist:
“Sharp insights buttressed by startling indiscretions fill Double Down, a new account of Barack Obama’s win over his 2012 Republican rival, Mitt Romney. This gripping book—a sequel to Game Change, a bestseller about Mr. Obama’s 2008 path to the White House—cements the status of the authors as unrivalled chroniclers of campaign politics.”
 
USA Today:
“Many juicy disclosures … [a] near-flawless narrative.”

Jeff Labrecque, Entertainment Weekly:
“Journalists Halperin and Heilemann don’t lack for access, delivering another down-and-dirty account of an election that plays out like high-stakes high school cafeteria politics…. Double Down looks less like a sequel to 2008 than a tantalizing prequel to 2016. I’m all-in.”
 
Peter Hamby, The Washington Post:
“Page-turning…. translat[es] insider politics for mass-market readers with behind-the-scenes reporting and Gonzo flair.”
 
Joe Scarborough, MSNBC/Morning Joe:
“Done it before, and have done it again.”
  
Charlie Rose:
“In many ways, an insight into America.”
 
Chris Matthews, MSNBC/Hardball:
“Great new book…. Great reportage.”
 
Barbara Walters, ABC-TV/The View:
“Authors of the bestselling book turned Emmy-winning HBO movie Game Change are telling all in their latest book … It is terrific.”
 
Mark Levin:
“This is a great read.”
 
Ezra Klein, The Washington Post:
Double Down… is a joyous romp through the seedy underbelly of presidential campaigning….It’s also a marvel of reporting. Any time three staff members met in a room to badmouth a colleague or a candidate admitted to a moment of stress or self-doubt, … John Heilemann and Mark Halperin appear to have been sitting in the corner, scribbling notes.”

Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC’s The Last Word:
“I love this book.”
 
Anderson Cooper, AC360:
Really fascinating details.”
   
Andrew Ross Sorkin, CNBC’s Squawk Box:
“Buzz book of the moment.”
 
Dylan Byers, Politico:
“In an era when the most minute details of a presidential campaign are chronicled in endless tweets and seemingly instant eBooks they have published an old-fashioned print product filled with new revelations.”
 
Howard Kurtz, Fox News:
“You’d think there were no revelations left from the 2012 campaign, but Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the Game Change duo, strike again in their new book.”
 
Business Insider:
“Fascinating new insights.”
 
Geraldo Rivera:
“Sizzling… They’ve done it again.”
 
Willie Geist, MSNBC/Morning Joe:
“Huge.”

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