Game Change

Game Change Summary

The gripping inside story of the 2008 presidential election, by two of the best political reporters in the country.

“It’s one of the best books on politics of any kind I’ve read. For entertainment value, I put it up there with Catch 22.” —The Financial Times

“It transports you to a parallel universe in which everything in the National Enquirer is true….More interesting is what we learn about the candidates themselves: their frailties, egos and almost super-human stamina.” —The Financial Times

“I can’t put down this book!” —Stephen Colbert

Game Change is the New York Times bestselling story of the 2008 presidential election, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the best political reporters in the country. In the spirit of Richard Ben Cramer’s What It Takes and Theodore H. White’s The Making of the President 1960, this classic campaign trail book tells the defining story of a new era in American politics, going deeper behind the scenes of the Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin campaigns than any other account of the historic 2008 election.

Book Reviews


Great book!!5 star

Wow! Exceptional! No slant, just good writing.55

Dave H_NJ

David H5 star

For anyone with an interest in politics and specifically the political drama that defined the 2008 election, Game Change is a must read. It takes you behind the scenes, beyond the sound bites that you get on television, and puts you right along the characters in this riveting drama. Heinemann's and Halperin's detailed accounting offers a no-holds barred view of the slugfest, depicting a sometimes unflattering, but authentic portrait of some of our nation's most prominent politicians in one of the most historic elections in recent history. Although we all now the outcome, the book will keep the reader riveted, and salivating for more, well beyond the epilogue.55


The movie was great, unlike the book1 star

I saw the movie first, and it was great. That's why I bought the book. I didn't count them, but my guess is that the book only has 30 pages about Sarah Palin.15


Thriller5 star

Even though you know the outcome, the story told is a page turner. Glimpses of the inner workings of the candidates are brilliant.55

JD Fit

Best political book I've read5 star

Somehow, the authors made me genuinely interested in -- and empathetic toward -- all of the candidates. I feel I experienced the election from each politician's perspective. Moving toward the 2012 race, I feel more connected and understanding of the process.55


A wonderful look inside an important election5 star

very personal and anecdotal this book makes us aware that campaigns are more about management than issues.55


Game Change5 star extremely real look at the inner workings of the 2008 presidential campaign. Gives a very fair depiction of all the "players" involved in both parties.55

SC Master

Game Change5 star

Absolutely riveting! No matter how closely you followed the election of 2008, no matter how much you think you know, you will be engrossed and surprised. The details in this book are stunning.55


Excellent5 star

Makes one wonder how such an incompetent,unqualified candidate such as Palin could make it as far as she did. Just a stunningly disasterous choice. Could not put it down as I'm a political junkie.55


Entertaining Electoral Gossip4 star

A fun, gossipy read - although the sections on McCain are a bit dry compared to the others - but don't expect the erudition or depth of a Theodore White look at the electoral process. Less history than histrionics.45

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