The Game Change Game
Two years after its publication, Game Change, the bestselling account of the 2008 presidential campaign, remains a landmark in political journalism. This spring it was given renewed life, even in the midst of a new election campaign, when it became a movie on HBO. But the landmark status of Game Change the best-seller owes nothing to its qualities as a book. And yet, when I fished out the early reviews, I couldn’t believe my eyes. They were raves!
Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times wrote, Game Change leaves the reader with “a vivid, visceral sense of the campaign and a keen understanding of the paradoxes and contingencies of history.” Clive Crook, a columnist for the Financial Times, praised the authors’ prose style. Joe Scarborough, host of a TV chat ’n’ grunt show, said Game Change was “the best presidential political book since What It Takes by Richard Ben Cramer and Teddy White’s books.”
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