Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and by John Heilemann, Mark Halperin

By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin

In 2008, the presidential election turned blockbuster leisure. everybody used to be staring at because the race for the White apartment spread out like anything from the world of fiction. The meteoric upward push and historical triumph of Barack Obama. The stunning fall of the home of Clinton—and the inconceivable resurrection of Hillary as Obama's associate and America's face to the area. The mercurial functionality of John McCain and the captivating emergence of Sarah Palin.

in response to enormous quantities of interviews with the folks who lived the tale, Game Change is a reportorial journey de strength that reads like a fast moving novel. personality pushed and discussion wealthy, replete with extravagantly precise scenes, this is often the sometimes stunning, usually hilarious, eventually definitive account of the crusade of a life-time.

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Thoreau's 'A Plea for Captain John Brown' (1860) had already spoken of Brown's 'immortal life'. See Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays, New York: Dover, 1993,47. 30 The use of fanaticism as a term with which to brand opponents of imperial and colonial policies was not exclusive to the British. Reversing Catherine II's eighteenthcentury policy of tolerance and 'Islamization', and explicitly relying on the Lumieres' understanding of religious fanatisme as a key threat to political order and unity, Russian Tsarist administrators employed it to identifY Islamic political movements in Central Asia.

177. , 62. 54 22 Fanaticism menacingly prey to the passions and inevitably harbour 'a deplorable susceptibility to the excitations of envy and hatred' ,S7 he argues - referring to the spread of both anti-Semitism and doctrines of social revolution - that publics as immaterial crowds are a specific danger of the 'new democracies', pushed this way and that by the guile of demagogic writers who are, of course, capable on a whim of crystallizing dispersed publics into baying, 'acephalic' mobs. But though he too refers to fanaticism as a kind of political monomania, a pathology of excessive conviction, his real concern is with forms of social 'hypnotism'.

Allies for Freedom & Blacks on john Brown, Cambridge, MA: Da Capo, 2001, 125. Figures ofExtremism 9 to the brink of self-destruction in the name of an abstraction'. 21 But what of the abolitionists themselves? What was their response to being stigmatized as blind fanatics, fulminating wildly in the mists of abstraction? FANATICS AGAINST SLAVERY As Joel Olson has recently shown, in work that makes a rare contribution to what he terms a 'critical theory of zealotry' 22 - a theory in which the consideration of fanaticism challenges the limitations ofliberal political theory- the epithet 'fanatic' was worn as a badge of pride among the radical wing of the abolitionist movementY Moreover, it was incorporated into a theory and practice of political rhetoric, agitation and action.

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