Double Down - Mark Halperin & John Heilemann

Double Down

By Mark Halperin & John Heilemann

  • Release Date: 2013-11-05
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
4 Score: 4 (From 239 Ratings)


Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times: "Those hungry for political news will read Double Down for the scooplets and insidery glimpses it serves up about the two campaigns, and the clues it offers about the positioning already going on among Republicans and Democrats for 2016 ... The book testifies to its authors’ energetic legwork and insider access... creating a novelistic narrative that provides a you-are-there immediacy... They succeed in taking readers interested in the backstabbing and backstage maneuvering of the 2012 campaign behind the curtains, providing a tactile... sense of what it looked like from the inside."

In their runaway bestseller Game Change, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann captured the full drama of Barack Obama’s improbable, dazzling victory over the Clintons, John McCain, and Sarah Palin. With the same masterly reporting, unparalleled access, and narrative skill, Double Down picks up the story in the Oval Office, where the president is beset by crises both inherited and unforeseen—facing defiance from his political foes, disenchantment from the voters, disdain from the nation’s powerful money machers, and dysfunction within the West Wing. As 2012 looms, leaders of the Republican Party, salivating over Obama’s political fragility, see a chance to wrest back control of the White House—and the country. So how did the Republicans screw it up? How did Obama survive the onslaught of super PACs and defy the predictions of a one-term presidency? Double Down follows the gaudy carnival of GOP contenders—ambitious and flawed, famous and infamous, charismatic and cartoonish—as Mitt Romney, the straitlaced, can-do, gaffe-prone multimillionaire from Massachusetts, scraped and scratched his way to the nomination.

Double Down exposes blunders, scuffles, and machinations far beyond the klieg lights of the campaign trail: Obama storming out of a White House meeting with his high command after accusing them of betrayal. Romney’s mind-set as he made his controversial “47 percent” comments. The real reasons New Jersey governor Chris Christie was never going to be Mitt’s running mate. The intervention held by the president’s staff to rescue their boss from political self-destruction. The way the tense détente between Obama and Bill Clinton morphed into political gold. And the answer to one of the campaign’s great mysteries—how did Clint Eastwood end up performing Dada dinner theater at the Republican convention?

In Double Down, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann take the reader into back rooms and closed-door meetings, laying bare the secret history of the 2012 campaign for a panoramic account of an election that was as hard fought as it was lastingly consequential.


  • Perfectly non-partisan view from noth sides

    By flydiversd
    Terrific reminder of events, but with the human backstory we don't think about. Politics aside, I was able to see both candidates, and their wives, as actual human beings, and not the political robots we see on the screen. I actually started to get nervous come election night.
  • Wonderful

    By superbellsam
    For those of us part-time political enthusiast, Game Changer and Double Down offer a wonderful inside look to the 2008 and 2012 campaigns. I, personally, do not have a cable connection and besides an occasional peruse of NYT or the Washington Post websites almost no ongoing information into political events as they happen - so, this evenly and fast paced narrative is like a big tub of ice cream after years in the desert: sweet, cool and very refreshing. I recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in national politics or in the personalities of the people that aspire to lead this great country.
  • An amazing book from cover to cover.

    By TheInkedTater
    WOW. I have not been able to put this book down. It is an amazing, easy read. It gives real insight into the 2010-2012 circus that was the presidential election. I would highly recommend this to members in both sides of the aisle. As it shows the critical flaws, and winning strategies if an election with huge implications.
  • Very interesting

    By Ksamoli
    We'll written
  • Not a Game Change

    By marymar2
    I regret having spent money on this book. It is indeed full of juicy gossip. But this is not enough to overcome the bad writing. Strained metaphors, arcane vocabulary, and errors in grammar and usage, along with passages that are simply hard to make sense of, make the book sound like it was written by a committee of second-rate grad students. Wait for the movie instead.
  • Outstanding

    By Rick-Hollywood
    If you're a political junkie this is for you. Behind the scenes look at how the Extreme Right will soon make the GoPee extinct and the disastrous decisions they have made choosing their candidates for president. The Clint Eastwood fiasco says it all.
  • Can’t be waiting ~

    By Dt. V
    This book is so amazing ~
  • Sooper dooper pumped

    By TheDanBurkhardt
    Need. Really pumped. Hopefully some 2016 insights.
  • Nov 5th can't come soon enough!!!

    By Soldier*1
    Can't wait!