Game of Thorns

Game of Thorns

The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign and Donald Trump's Winning Strategy

Book - 2017
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An examination of the campaign strategies of the 2016 presidential election describes how Donald Trump's abrasive tactics struck a chord with previously unaligned segments of the country, undermining Clinton's traditional campaign efforts.
Publisher: New York : Center Street, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781478921424
Branch Call Number: 324.973 WEAD
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 07, 2017

I can sympathize with the "1 star" reviewer. Many, many Californians were stunned by the '16 election and are still in shock to some degree.
But consider, if you were surprised by the outcome (and weren't we all?), then your information sources are too slim and too homogenous. This book gives you a lot more perspective and opens the doors to lots of information not provided by the major media outlets.

If you are intellectually lazy and believe the election only proves "too many Evil White People" consider that many/most of these voters voted for Pres Obama. In fact, voted for him twice. You need to go deeper to understand what really happened. An example of someone who's pondering: here's a snip from a piece by a pro-Dem writer at The Atlantic: 'The New York Times’s Michelle Goldberg repented of her support for Bill Clinton, writing a piece with ... a headline, “I believe Juanita.' For me, it’s been sinking in that the working white women who felt condescended to by affluent feminists voted, by significant margins, for an admitted sexual predator over the lady who’d not believe them if they were abused by someone she liked."

Back to the book itself:
1) I didn't mind the coverage of the Clinton scandals. Many/most connected to Hillary. They affected voters decisions. Many of the scandals had significant new information not brought to the public's attention. Many of the scandals were unknown to younger voters. It is shocking how much the media covered for the Clintons.
2) The book, in my opinion, does a good job of bringing in information from varied sources and thoroughly discusses the flaws (and strengths) of both candidates. I think it is clear the author consulted scads of people from a wide variety of partisan positions.
3) A shortcoming of the book is its focus on what feels like the "headline stories" from the campaign. I would have enjoyed stories of campaign workers, rally attendees and other of the common folk. Another shortcoming is a fairly high number of typos. One assumes that "perishable" books (such as ones about completed political campaigns) are rushed to print. I noticed the errors but that did not detract, in my mind, from the book's interest.

Sep 02, 2017

If you're looking for answers and insight to explain the outcome of the 2016 presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (as I am), then that's the reason I checked this book out since it's subtitle is, "The inside story of Hillary Clinton's failed campaign and Donald Trump's winning strategy." Unfortunately, the author, Doug Wead, delivers very few insights and instead lots of old accusations and innuendos about the faults of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Basically, I considered this book to be little more than a hatchet job of the Clintons (yes, Bill is a flawed person, but he wasn't running in 2016). In contrast, Trump and his family are treated in a much more laudatory fashion. If you'd like to read another rehash of dirt on the Clinton's, then this is a book you'll enjoy, On the other hand, the Clinton's future in politics is probably at an why dump on them now?


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