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Book Review: Game Change by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

This was a slight let down because I thought it would be more revelatory.  If you followed the campaigns relatively closely, like we all did, then most of this was not mind blowing.  It does give a little behind the scenes perspective which reveals the true personalities of the candidates and their staff.  The Obama/Hillary race is about 2/3rds of the book and both are portrayed well but Obama especially.  Bill Clinton, however, is looked upon as a bumblefuck by both his wife’s campaign and Obama’s campaign, sort of a necessary evil.  The Palin stuff is interesting but I was really hoping there would be more because to this day it still blows my mind.  The most interesting and salacious bits of the book are easily the John Edwards Train Wreck.  The portrayal of his wife, his affair with Rielle Hunter, and his delusional egoism were definitely the high points.  It’s a quick read so if you’re interested go for it but don’t expect anything special.