Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America by Dan Balz

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Four years ago, a bright young  presidential candidate named Barack Obama campaigned on a theme of hope and change, and made history. Today, he finds himself in another bitter, divisive presidential race but without the buzzwords. Instead, an embattled president struggles with a dysfunctionally divided Congress, the controversial healthcare bill, a decade-long war, and a stagnant economy.

Obama’s Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, former corporate tycoon and former governor of Massachusetts,  faces his own controversies in the form of vague policies, fluctuating positions, and questions about his business practices in the private sector. Romney’s personal fortune and business background seemed at odds with the Republican base until he named Wisconsin congressman, Tea Party darling and fiscal conservative Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Using sources deep inside both campaigns and on the campaign trail through primary and battleground states, Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz writes with a keen political mind and a seasoned reporter’s ear. He traces the highs and lows of the Obama presidency as well as the ruthless Republican primary as both laid the groundwork for one of the most crucial, contentious elections of our time. Collision 2012 puts the race for the White House in context and explores just what the election means for the future of the democratic process and America.

Title : Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America
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ISBN : 0670025941
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 400 pages


Adam rated it ★★★★☆

August 11, 2013

I was a college freshman during the 2004 presidential election, and part of being in a college town--and in a swing state, no less--during an election year is hosting an unending number of politicians hoping to sway your vote. Always a lover of politics, not to mention someone who appreciates the...

Lightreads rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2014

I will be sitting out the midterms this year, so I wanted a hit of wonkiness to tide me over, and here it is. You already know if you'll like this sort of thing, so I'll confine myself to saying that this is well-organized and interesting from a trade of elections perspective, but far less gossip...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

July 07, 2013

Excellent analysis of one of the most interesting campaigns for president.

Bill rated it ★★★★☆

September 13, 2013

I liked this book, though I am not sure you will if you voted for the guy from Massachusetts. Balz did a nice job of reporting on the campaigns, peppering the story with lots of quotes from insiders, and providing some nice context for various issues and events. I think Balz was correct in most o...

Benjy rated it ★★★☆☆

July 07, 2013

As far as first drafts of history go, Dan Balz's read on 2012 is a good one. It hits the major themes of 2012 -- the demographics, the GOP's internal struggles, the shifts in technology, the explosion of outside spending -- while sprinkling in interviews from most of the major candidates and pros...

Jamie rated it ★★★☆☆

September 11, 2013

I didn't find this election tell-all quite as interesting as the 2008 counterpart Game Change...but then the 2012 election wasn't quite as interesting as the 2008 election. The author conducted hundreds of interviews with everyone from the candidates, senior staff in the campaigns and family memb...

Kinksrock rated it ★★★★☆

January 19, 2016

Dan Balz's account of the 2012 presidential election, in the tradition of Theodore White's "Making of the President" series. You either like this kind of book or you don't. If you would enjoy a detailed narrative of the 2012 election, revisiting all the ups and downs for the campaigns, with anecd...

Kathy rated it ★★★☆☆

September 22, 2013

I read this while I'm waiting for the guys who wrote Game Change to get their book out. This book was a decent rehash of how the election was won/lost, with an emphasis on the nutty GOP primaries and the Obama voter targeting effort. Pretty pedestrian; I don't think I learned a single thing I did...

Erika rated it ★★★☆☆

July 07, 2016

This book was intense, as you could see by the seven weeks it took to get through it. I learned a TON and was very fascinated by the last 100 pages. Basically, learned a ton about Obama, Romney, and the plethora of the 2012 Republican candidates. I will post some quotes from it later, there were...

Alicia rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 19, 2013

I'm not sure what fell flat with this book for me. I'm not a fan of his writing style, it's just too dry. And if you've read all of the reporting about the campaign and all of the e-books, there's not really any new information.

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