Believer

Believer

My Forty Years in Politics

Book - 2015
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David Axelrod has always been a believer. Whether as a young journalist investigating city corruption, a campaign consultant guiding underdog candidates against entrenched orthodoxy, or as senior adviser to the president during one of the worst crises in American history, Axelrod held fast to his faith in the power of stories to unite diverse communities and ignite transformative political change. As a child of the '60s in New York City, Axelrod worked his first campaigns during a tumultuous decade that began with soaring optimism and ended in violence and chaos. As a young newspaperman in Chicago during the 1970s and '80s, Axelrod witnessed another world transformed when he reported on the dissolution of the last of the big city political machines -- Richard Daley, Dan Rostenkowski, and Harold Washington -- along with the emergence of a dynamic black independent movement that ultimately made Obama's ascent possible. After cutting his teeth in the rollicking world of Chicago journalism, Axelrod switched careers to become a political strategist. His unorthodox tactics during his first campaign helped him get Paul Simon unexpectedly elected to the Senate, and soon Axelrod's counsel was sought by the greatest lights of the Democratic Party. Working for path breakers like Hillary Clinton, Deval Patrick, and Rahm Emanuel -- and morally conflicted characters like Rod Blagojevich and John Edwards -- Axelrod, for better and worse, redefined the techniques by which modern political campaigns are run. The heart of Believer is Axelrod's twenty-year friendship with Barack Obama. Taking a chance on an unlikely candidate for the U.S. Senate, Axelrod ultimately collaborated closely with Obama on his political campaigns, and served as the invaluable strategist who contributed to the tremendous victories of 2008 and 2012. Switching careers again, Axelrod served as senior adviser to the president during one of the most challenging periods in national history: working at Obama's side as he battled an economic disaster; navigated America through two wars; and fought to reform health care, the financial sector, and our gridlocked political institutions.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9781594205873
1594205876
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 324 AXELROD 2015
Characteristics: 509 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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deuxstepper
Mar 05, 2017

I followed the rise and election of Barack Obama to the presidency in 2008. Came to know and admire David Axelrod along the way, so I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Had a hard time putting it down. I would recommend it to anyone interested in politics, especially those who are on the idealistic side. Obama and the team he assembled for his administration represent, to me, what politics should be all about.

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pokano
Jun 22, 2016

Entertaining political memoir by President Obama's political advisor. Not a lot new for the inveterate Obama watcher, but even allowing for the writer's natural bias, the book confirms my view of POTUS as an intelligent and thoughtful leader whose big mistake was thinking he could divorce governing from politics.

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SmartyJo
Dec 10, 2015

A well-written memoir of the life of a political campaign strategist. Provides a fly-on-the-wall view of the senatorial and presidential campaigns that Axelrod was involved in and of the candidates that he worked for - the most prominent one being Barack Obama. Axelrod has high praise for Obama as a person and a leader.

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heidikay1
Aug 26, 2015

CWD bookclub sept 2016

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wolfgang68
May 12, 2015

@silasparker this is a library site not a blog..please clean up the language..we have kids on this library site too...

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Silasparker
Apr 29, 2015

not only drank the coolaid, he chugged the whole bottle.
Whored for corrupt pols and tries to rationalize it. Sad.

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