Race of a Lifetime: How Obama Won the White House

Halperin, Mark / Heilemann, John

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Publisher: Viking
ISBN-13: 9780670918034
Binding: Paperback
Year Published: 2010

Race of a Lifetime: How Obama Won the White House is Published in the USA as Game 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.


ID: 190220
Code: P103277