By Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
Michiko Kakutani, The ny Times:
"Those hungry for political information will read Double Down for the scooplets and insidery glimpses it serves up in regards to the campaigns, and the clues it bargains concerning the positioning already occurring between Republicans and Democrats for 2016 ... The booklet testifies to its authors’ lively legwork and insider access... making a novelistic narrative that offers a you-are-there immediacy... They reach taking readers attracted to the backstabbing and behind the curtain maneuvering of the 2012 crusade in the back of the curtains, offering a tactile... experience of what it gave the look of from the inside."
In their runaway bestseller Game Change, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann captured the whole drama of Barack Obama’s unbelievable, marvelous victory over the Clintons, John McCain, and Sarah Palin. With a similar masterly reporting, remarkable entry, and narrative ability, Double Down selections up the tale within the Oval workplace, the place the president is beset by way of crises either inherited and unforeseen—facing defiance from his political foes, disenchantment from the citizens, disdain from the nation’s strong cash machers, and disorder in the West Wing. As 2012 looms, leaders of the Republican occasion, salivating over Obama’s political fragility, see an opportunity to wrest again keep watch over of the White House—and the rustic. So how did the Republicans screw it up? How did Obama live to tell the tale the onslaught of tremendous PACs and defy the predictions of a one-term presidency? Double Down follows the gaudy carnival of GOP contenders—ambitious and incorrect, recognized and notorious, charismatic and cartoonish—as Mitt Romney, the straitlaced, can-do, gaffe-prone multimillionaire from Massachusetts, scraped and scratched his strategy to the nomination.
Double Down exposes mistakes, scuffles, and machinations a long way past the klieg lighting fixtures of the crusade path: Obama storming out of a White condominium assembly together with his excessive command after accusing them of betrayal. Romney’s frame of mind as he made his debatable “47 percentage” reviews. the genuine purposes New Jersey governor Chris Christie was once by no means going to be Mitt’s operating mate. The intervention held through the president’s employees to rescue their boss from political self-destruction. the best way the stressful détente among Obama and invoice Clinton morphed into political gold. And the reply to at least one of the campaign’s nice mysteries—how did Clint Eastwood prove acting Dada dinner theater on the Republican convention?
In Double Down, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann take the reader into again rooms and closed-door conferences, laying naked the key historical past of the 2012 crusade for a wide ranging account of an election that used to be as tough fought because it used to be lastingly consequential.