Books of the year 2010 | Andrew Adonis

Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's Race of a Lifetime (Viking, £25) brings Barack Obama's 2008 election triumph to life with astonishing immediacy, thanks to great reportage and painstaking reconstruction, not only of events, but of key conversations featuring all the main candidates. The long struggle between Obama and Hillary Clinton is the main plot, but the startling Palin and Edwards subplots are equally fascinating. This is the most exciting political book of recent years. Election reporting will never be the same again.


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This article first appeared in the 22 November 2010 issue of the New Statesman, Advantage Cameron