GAME CHANGE by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

Book Quote:

“Why would I want to be the leader of a party of such assholes?” (John McCain)

Book Review:

Review by Jill I. Shtulman (JAN 25, 2011)

If Hollywood Central Casting were asked to put together a group of actors with the most monstrous egos on the face of the planet, they could not have done a better job than the two national parties did in the last election.

So forget about everything you know about McCain and Palin, Clinton and Obama, Edwards and Giuliani. The truth is actually worse. Far worse. Game Change goes ahead and deliciously details all the backbiting, sex, lies, and self-destructions of the most dissected presidential campaign in history. It’s jaw-dropping, gripping, and guaranteed to keep you reading late into the night. Here are just a few of the revelations:

SARAH PALIN was the most colossally unprepared candidate ever to grace the national arena. “She couldn’t explain why North and South Korea were separate nations. She didn’t know what the Fed did. Asked who attacked America on 9/11, she suggested several times it was Saddam Hussein.” And her mental state was so precarious that at one point, John McCain actually had his doctor observe her.

JOHN EDWARDS was such a blowhard egotist that he angled for a position as VP or Attorney General, all the while knowing that Rielle Hunter was eight months pregnant and the story could break at any time.

JOHN MCCAIN was so disengaged and shoot-from-the-hip in style that GEORGE BUSH wondered about his ability to lead the nation. He vetted Palin for the second most important job in the nation in under 72 hours and barely knew her. Oh, and when he wanted to relax? He’d watch the infamous YouTube posting of John Edwards preening to the sounds of I Feel Pretty.

HILLARY CLINTON was barely able to control her husband and his intemperate telephonic and in-person outbursts. Oh, and that speech she delivered at the convention anointing Obama? Bill rewrote it behind her back just hours before she was supposed to deliver it.

The authors, Heilemann and Halperin reveal it all in this spicy smorgasbord: the friction between Obama and his garrulous vice presidential pick…Obama’s own tendency toward conceit and coldness…Hillary’s initial rejection of Obama’s Secretary of State offer…the perilous state of the marriage of John and Elizabeth Edwards. It’s so compulsively readable that I finished 400 pages in just two days. This is truly “must read” for anyone interested in politics.

AMAZON READER RATING: stars-3-5from 689 readers
PUBLISHER: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (October 26, 2010)
REVIEWER: Jill I. Shtulman
AUTHOR WEBSITE: John Heilemann

Mark Halperin

EXTRAS: Excerpt
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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime


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