‘Game Change’ has the scoop

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE — If you would like to know the inside story of the presidential campaign that put Barack Obama in the White House, “Game Change” has all the details.

Written by two of the country’s leading political reporters, John Heilemann of New York magazine and Mark Halperin of Time magazine, the book provides the scoop on what had to be the race of a lifetime.

The book came out in January so you may already have read it. I didn’t have time until a recent vacation. The book’s detractors say it’s just a rehash of information everybody already knew but as someone who followed network and cable news throughout the election, I found many surprises in every chapter.

The authors conducted hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story.  They followed the campaigns of those who, in their judgment, had a reasonable chance of winning.

Featured are Barack and Michelle Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, John and Cindy McCain and John and Elizabeth Edwards. Yes, the spouses came in for much comment.

   Also included were chapters on Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani. Gov. Bill Richardson came in for some mention but mostly in terms of his surprise endorsement of Obama rather than Clinton.

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