Reed’s Reads – February Edition

Written by Dylan Reed, Program Associate- Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems

Double Down PictureMy February post looks at yet another book surrounded in controversy: Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

Given the enormous success of Halperin and Heilemann’s previous book on the 2008 campaign, Game Change, their 2012 edition generated major media frenzy before its release. Double Down strikes a different tone as the campaign lacked electrifying primaries as in 2008.

Still, Halperin and Heilemann have put together a detailed book that peers into the depths of the Obama-Romney campaign operations.

The book describes a narrative about Team Obama’s reaction to the botched Denver debate and continues to demonstrate how the President struggled to find his footing during debate prep. It notes the hesitancy of Republicans to accept Romney as its nominee and reveals why Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee, and Jeb Bush decided not to run.

The wake of Citizens United and the emergence of Super PACs also represent an implicit message quietly flowing through the book. These topics are just the tip of the iceberg in Double Down.

One can always learn lessons from those in positions of power and these books closely examine the people and relationships in DC. The next time you see one of this book at a store, we strongly encourage that you take a look!

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