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A gripping, drama-packed account


A gripping, drama-packed account

Race of a Lifetime: How Obama Won the White House by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (Penguin, £9.99)

From the first sentence—“Barack Obama jerked bolt upright in bed at three o’clock in the morning”—this account of the 2008 presidential election grips with the intensity of a John Grisham thriller. The plots are up there with Grisham, too, particularly in the case of John Edwards. In a desperate bid to stay in the race, the candidate persuaded one of his campaign staff to claim he had fathered Edwards’s…

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