Book review


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Date: 18 March 2013
Author: Dennis Phillips
Publisher: Australian Review of Public Affairs
Owning Institution(s): The University of Sydney

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Title: The Candidate: What It Takes To Win—And Hold—The White House
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date Published: 2012
Author/s: Samuel L. Popkin

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Title: The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: The 34 Days That Decided the Election, Playbook 2012
Author/s: Glenn Thrush
Jonathan Martin
Date Published: 2012

On Tuesday, 6 November 2012, Barack Obama became the third US president in a row to win a second term in office when he defeated Republican candidate Mitt Romney with 51 per cent of the popular vote to Romney’s 47.2 per cent. Many pundits were surprised by the size of Obama’s victory. Two days before the election polls indicated that Obama and Romney were locked in a virtual tie. Meanwhile, leaders of the Republican Party, along with many political analysts, believed Romney had a slight edge. So how was Obama able to defy opposition predictions of his imminent political demise and win a victory more impressive, in many ways, than his spectacular success in 2008? Dennis Phillips asks this question, examining two recent books, Samuel L. Popkin's The Candidate: What It Takes To Win—And Hold—The White House and The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: The 34 Days that Decided the Election, Playbook 2012 (POLITICO Inside Election 2012) by Glenn Thrush and Jonathan Martin.


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