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Penguin Press (2015-02-10)
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BELIEVER

My Forty Years in Politics

by Axelrod, David

The great strategist who masterminded Obama’s historic election campaigns opens up about his years as a young journalist, political consultant, and ultimately senior adviser to the president.

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. Now this legendary strategist, the mastermind behind Barack Obama’s historic election campaigns, shares a wealth of stories from his forty-year journey through the inner workings of American democracy. Believer is the tale of a political life well lived, of a man who never gave up on the deepest promises our country has to offer.

Spanning forty years that include corruption and transformation, turmoil and progress, Believer takes readers behind the closed doors of politics even as it offers a thrilling call to democratic action. Axelrod’s Believer is a powerful and inspiring memoir enlivened by the charm and candor of one of the greatest political strategists in recent American history.

DAVID AXELROD spent eight years as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. As a political consultant, Axelrod has managed strategy for more than 150 local, state, and national campaigns. Axelrod most recently served as senior strategist to President Obama’s successful reelection campaign. He served in that same role in then-Senator Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, before going on to serve in the White House as senior adviser to the president. After the 2012 campaign, Axelrod founded the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.

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Memoirs by the spin-meisters behind the candidates often make dull reading…David Axelrod, whose book Believer is published today, is an exception.

www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/February-2015/David-Axelrod-Book/

Review: Chicago Magazine

Interview with guest host Dave Davies: David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'

www.npr.org/2015/02/10/385099025/david-axelrod-recounts-his-years-as-obamas-adviser-and-believer

Quote: NPR

David Axelrod has written a highly readable, uplifting account of the candidate he loves — and, reassuringly, has shown politics can still be a calling, not a business.

www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/books/review/david-axelrods-believer.html?_r=1

Review: New York Times

David Axelrod has written a remarkable book, a deeply honest and unflinching memoir of his journey from cub journalist to political adviser to the President of the United States... Anybody, Democrat or Republican, who loves politics should read this book.”

Quote: Mike Murphy, Republican strategist

BELIEVER by David Axelrod debuts at #3 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list, #6 on the eBook nonfiction list and #8 on the combined print and eBook nonfiction list!

Quote: New York Times Bestseller

David Axelrod Describes The No Good, Very Bad Minefield Of Obama's Early Presidency...

www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/10/david-axelrod-obama_n_6649688.html

Review: Huffington Post

In telling the vivid tales of his own forty years behind the curtain of modern politics, Axelrod reminds us that elections matter to those who don’t engage as well as those who do, effectively challenging us all to get involved.

Quote: Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts

Beautifully written with warmth, humor, and remarkable self-awareness, Believer is one of the finest political memoirs I have ever read. Through one memorable anecdote after another, Axelrod tells a revealing and moving story of his long and honorable career in public life. This is a thoroughly terrific book.

Quote: Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of The Bully Pulpit and Team of Rivals

David Axelrod was present at the creation of President Obama’s political career. He reflects on their improbable journey with the faithfulness of a reporter, the ferocity of a political operative, and the passion of a true believer. A riveting read.

Quote: George Stephanopoulos, Chief Anchor, ABC News

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