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The Game Change Game

- Abstract

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.”

About the Author

Andrew Ferguson, who appears monthly in this space, is the author of Crazy U, now out in paperback and on the Kindle.