The Battle for America: The Story of an Extraordinary Election

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/25/2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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The election of 2008 shattered political barriers, illuminated under-currents of race, gender, and class, and ignited an extraordinary battle among some of the most formidable political rivals ever to seek the presidency in Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain. It was an election that played out against a back-drop of wars, a failing economy, and deep pessimism about the future. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Dan Balz is the lead political reporter for The Washington Post and a regular commentator on Face the Nation and Meet the Press. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
Hayes Johnson, a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of fourteen books, holds the Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in Washington, D.C. Both are regular guests on Washington Week on PBS, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and the Today show.

Table of Contents

To the Readerp. xiii
Takeoffp. 1
They're Off
Obamap. 17
Johnnie Boyp. 35
Hillaryp. 45
The People
"Very Scary Times"p. 57
The Democrats
Hillary for Presidentp. 71
The Unravelingp. 89
Iowa: Round Onep. 100
Iowa: Round Twop. 111
Five Days in New Hampshirep. 129
Disintegrationp. 146
An Uncivil Warp. 155
Clash of Dynastiesp. 169
King Caucusp. 179
The Fighterp. 190
Politics in Black and Whitep. 200
Over the Topp. 215
The Republicans
Looking for Reaganp. 227
Prisoner of Warp. 235
The Implosionp. 247
No Surrenderp. 260
Can Anybody Play This Game?p. 269
Phoenix Risingp. 278
The Election
America: Decision Timep. 289
Citizen of the Worldp. 299
Mile High in Denverp. 314
Palinmaniap. 325
Collapsep. 345
Endgamep. 353
President-electp. 368
Interludep. 376
Epilogue: The Inaugurationp. 387
Afterword to the Paperback Editionp. 391
Acknowledgmentsp. 403
Notes and Sourcesp. 405
Indexp. 413
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