Go behind the scenes of the historic 2008 election and learn more about the riveting book that even Stephen Colbert just can't put down. Political journalists Halperin and Heilemann discuss in extensive detail the momentous rise of Barack Obama, shocking fall of Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House, and the national phenomenon around John McCain choosing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
From hundreds of interviews with people working inside the '08 campaigns, learn more about the Obama campaign machine, how McCain staffers truly felt about Sarah Palin, and how Hillary Clinton was wooed as secretary of state. Since its debut, Game Change has been one of the most talked about books of the year - skyrocketing to #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.
Phil Bronstein was named executive chair of the board of The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) in April 2012, when the organization merged with The Bay Citizen. Bronstein joined the CIR board in 2006 and became board chair in 2011. He is now in charge of overall operations. Previously, Bronstein was editor-at-large and director of content development for Hearst Newspapers. Before that, he was executive vice president and editor-at-large of the San Francisco Chronicle, after serving as the newspaper’s editor from 2000 to 2008. Bronstein was editor of the San Francisco Examiner, which merged with the Chronicle in 2000, from 1991 to 2000. He started at the Examiner as a reporter in 1980, where he specialized in investigative projects and was a foreign correspondent for eight years. He was a 1986 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work in the Philippines. Before joining the Examiner, he was a reporter with public television station KQED in San Francisco. He is the former chairman of the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ International Committee and is currently on the advisory board of Litquake, the annual San Francisco literary festival.
Mark Halperin has been the Political Director of ABC News since October of 1997. As Political Director, Halperin is responsible for the planning and editorial content of all political news on the network.
In this role, he works with correspondents and producers for all ABC News programs, including "World News with Charles Gibson," "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," "Nightline," "Good Morning America," "20/20," and news specials.
John Heilemann is the national political correspondent and columnist for New York magazine.
An award-winning journalist and the author of Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era and coauthor of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, he is a former staff writer for The New Yorker, Wired, and The Economist.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, co-authors of Game Change, describe Hillary Clinton as a "Nixonian" figure during the 2008 presidential campaign. The authors comment on her use of the f-bomb, as well as her "bitterness, paranoia and anger" towards Obama.