By Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
Michiko Kakutani, The long island 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 deals concerning the positioning already happening between Republicans and Democrats for 2016 ... The publication testifies to its authors’ full of life legwork and insider access... making a novelistic narrative that offers a you-are-there immediacy... They achieve taking readers drawn 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 appeared like from the inside."
In their runaway bestseller Game Change, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann captured the whole drama of Barack Obama’s unbelievable, superb victory over the Clintons, John McCain, and Sarah Palin. With a similar masterly reporting, extraordinary entry, and narrative ability, Double Down choices up the tale within the Oval workplace, the place the president is beset by means of crises either inherited and unforeseen—facing defiance from his political foes, disenchantment from the electorate, disdain from the nation’s robust funds machers, and disorder in the West Wing. As 2012 looms, leaders of the Republican social gathering, salivating over Obama’s political fragility, see an opportunity to wrest again keep an eye on of the White House—and the rustic. So how did the Republicans screw it up? How did Obama continue to exist the onslaught of great PACs and defy the predictions of a one-term presidency? Double Down follows the gaudy carnival of GOP contenders—ambitious and wrong, well-known and notorious, charismatic and cartoonish—as Mitt Romney, the straitlaced, can-do, gaffe-prone multimillionaire from Massachusetts, scraped and scratched his option to the nomination.
Double Down exposes mistakes, scuffles, and machinations a ways past the klieg lighting of the crusade path: Obama storming out of a White condo assembly together with his excessive command after accusing them of betrayal. Romney’s state of mind as he made his debatable “47 percentage” reviews. the genuine purposes New Jersey governor Chris Christie used to be by no means going to be Mitt’s working mate. The intervention held by way of the president’s employees to rescue their boss from political self-destruction. the best way the annoying détente among Obama and invoice Clinton morphed into political gold. And the reply to 1 of the campaign’s nice mysteries—how did Clint Eastwood turn out 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 background of the 2012 crusade for a breathtaking account of an election that was once as demanding fought because it was once lastingly consequential.