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On the campaign trail with Obama and Romney—2012 and beyond

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

The American political journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann had a huge success in 2010 with “Game Change”, their gripping account of the 2008 US presidential election (it was published in this country as Race of a Lifetime). “Double Down”, their story of the 2012 election, in which Barack Obama ran for a second term against Mitt Romney, the governor of Massachussets, has just been published. It has all the distinctive qualities that made the first volume so riveting—exhaustive reporting, extensive interviews (many of them done on condition of anonymity…

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