Race of a Lifetime: How Obama Won the White House

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Viking, 2010 - Elections - 448 pages
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Race of a Lifetime- How Obama Won the White Houseis Published in the USA asGame Change- Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime.

The American presidential election of 2008 was as riveting a spectacle as modern politics has ever produced.

The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama. The shocking fall of the House of Clinton - and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama's partner and America's face to the world. The mercurial, at times erratic, performance of John McCain. The mesmerizing and bewildering emergence of Sarah Palin.

In 2008, the battle for the White House became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching. But despite the wall-to-wall media coverage, remarkably little of the real story behind the headlines has yet been told.

Race of a Lifetime pulls back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns.

How did Obama convince himself that, against enormous odds, he should be, and could be, the nation's first African-American president? How did the tumultuous relationship between the Clintons shape - and warp Hillary's supposedly unstoppable bid to return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? What drove her husband's loss of composure and devastating political miscalculations? Why did McCain put the unknown, untested governor of Alaska on the Republican ticket? And was Palin merely as out of her depth as she appeared - or troubled in more unsettling ways?

Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story and packed full of exclusive revelations, Race of a Lifetime answers those questions and more. Vivid and novelistic, fast-paced and character driven, this is a tour de force- an intimate, often hilarious, sometimes shocking portrait of the quest for power.

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About the author (2010)

John Heilemannand Mark Halperinare two of the most acclaimed political reporters in the United States, with unrivalled access to the presidential candidates and their teams throughout the campaign. John Heilemann is the national political correspondent and columnist for New York magazine. He is a National Magazine Award finalist and a former staff writer for the New Yorker, the Economist and Wired. Mark Halperin is editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time, founding editor of The Page on time.com and former political director of ABC News.

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