Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime - John Heilemann, Mark Halperin

With its colorful cast of characters and backstage dramas, Game Change (Harper, $27.99) was making headlines even as it was fleshing out the stories of the 2008 presidential election. Written by John Heilemann, currently a national political correspondent for New York magazine, and Mark Halperin, editor-at-large for Time magazine, this chronicle of the Edwardses, the Clintons, Sarah Palin, John McCain, their advisors, supporters, and detractors, is a lively mix of politics and personalities, as well as a vivid picture of campaign strategy in action.

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061733642
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 26th, 2010

The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart - Bill Bishop

In The Big Sort (Mariner, $15.95) Bill Bishop paints a surprising portrait of the demographics of the United States today. While we think of ourselves as increasingly ethnically diverse, Bishop convincingly argues that we are populated more by disparate homogenous communities than at any time in our history. Large numbers of us have highly sensitive cultural antennae that inform us whether we are with “our kind.” High in the ratings that define that “kind” are lifestyle choices: where we live, where we shop, where we vacation.  Yes, it’s true that customers who shop at Books-A-Million in Alexandria are different from customers who shop at Politics and Prose, and because we are so tightly contained in our clustered communities, we are more foreign to each other than ever before.  Bishop’s snapshot of America is fascinating but troubling.

The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded American is Tearing Us Apart By Bill Bishop Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780547237725
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Published: Mariner Books - May 11th, 2009

¡Obámanos!: The Birth of a New Political Era - Hendrik Hertzberg

If the euphoria of the 2008 election has receded in memory, here are three books to restore a sense of perspective about what America has gained by that momentous event one year ago.  Hendrik Hertzberg’s ¡Obámanos! (Penguin Press, $25.95), a collection of stirring New Yorker “Talk of the Town” pieces concludes: “Americans of an age to remember Selma and Montgomery and Memphis [did not] imagine they would live to see an African American elected president of the United States. It has happened. No doubt there will be disappointments and difficulties ahead; there always are.” Hertzberg’s brilliant journalism reminds us how dark the days were in the three years before the election and what the election gave back to America.

¡Obámanos!: The Birth of a New Political Era By Hendrik Hertzberg Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781594202360
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The - October 29th, 2009

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