John Heileman

Game Change

John Heileman

Talk: Game Change

In Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, two of the country's leading political reporters, use their unrivaled access to pull back the curtain on the Obama, Clinton, McCain, and Palin campaigns... and lay bare the secret history of the 2008 campaign. Heilemann and Halperin take us inside the Obama machine, where staffers referred to the candidate as "Black Jesus." They unearth the quiet conspiracy in the U.S. Senate to prod Obama into the race, driven in part by the fears of senior Democrats that Bill Clinton's personal life might cripple Hillary's presidential prospects.

John Heileman

John Arthur Heilemann is the co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, an American journalist for New York magazine, where he mainly covers US politics, and a political analyst for MSNBC. He is the co-author (with Mark Halperin) of Double Down and Game Change, books about Presidential campaigns.

Game Change

In 2008, the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something from the realm of fiction. The meteoric rise and historic triumph of Barack Obama. The shocking fall of the House of Clinton—and the improbable resurrection of Hillary as Obama’s partner and America’s face to the world.

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