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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press (Feb. 10 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594205876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594205873
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4 x 24.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New York Times Book Review (David Gergen):  
"Would Barack Obama have been elected president without David Axelrod? That question is less far-fetched than it may seem... what emerges is important: a portrait of political campaigning that is more like what we hope than what we fear, that rises above the machinations and muck... a stout defense--indeed, the best I have read--of the Obama years... Judging from his first book, Obama has the talent to write the best presidential memoir in modern tunes. It is worth waiting for. But for now, 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."

The Los Angeles Times
"Axelrod, liberated from the constraints of messaging, is warm and wry, loyal to Obama without being uncritical, and occasionally acid in his appraisals of others — now-Secretary of State John Kerry, political consultant Mark Penn and former Sen. John Edwards will not be among this book's biggest fans. It helps that Axelrod can write. A journalist before he was a political consultant, his book is revealing... but best of all, it is well told — the work of a capable, professional storyteller."

The Economist
"Mr Axelrod has uncommon insights to offer."

New York Times
"The three dominant characters in this political memoir by David Axelrod, one of the Democratic Party’s best-known strategists, are Mr. Axelrod, his once-in-a-lifetime client Barack Obama and belief... Believer is a well-written and often moving account of how a committed liberal measures his principles against the bruising imperatives of high-stakes politics. And, it should be noted, there is ample juice in Mr. Axelrod’s literary steak."

Chicago Tribune
“For sure, political junkies will have trouble putting the book down. And much of Washington will be yanking "Believer" off the shelf and turning to the index to see how they were treated…if you're interested in how the sausage is made, you'll want to read this book.”

DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN, author of The Bully Pulpit and Team of Rivals
“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.”

DEVAL PATRICK, governor of Massachusetts
“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.”

MIKE MURPHY, Republican strategist
“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. From the boisterous wards of Chicago politics to the Oval Office, Believer takes you inside the political warrior’s life, with its larger-than-life personalities, exhilarating victories, and gut-wrenching defeats. For Axelrod, the goal is victory, but the enemy is cynicism. Anybody, Democrat or Republican, who loves politics should read this book.”

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, chief anchor of ABC News
“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.”

About the Author

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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By Jill Meyer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 11 2015
Format: Hardcover
I want to begin my review of David Axelrod's autobiography, "Believer: My 40 Years in Politics" by stating the obvious. His book is political; Axelrod is a life-long Democrat who has worked as a campaign consultant for Democratic candidates since volunteering for John Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1960, when he was all of five years old. Axelrod's book is probably not going to sell particularly well to Republicans, which is too bad because David Axelrod is an excellent writer. While he writes as a partisan, the reader who will most appreciate this book is a "political junkie" like me, who just loves reading about politics.

David Axelrod is best known for his work on the Barack Obama 2008 presidential campaign, but he had been a political consultant in Chicago since the mid-1970's when he went from being a political reporter for the Chicago Tribune to being a consultant for some of those very politicians he had covered. As a Chicagoan, I was interested in that part of the book, because I was very familiar with the politicians and the races he wrote about. But, although he worked from Chicago, his campaign firm was hired by politicians country-wide and his section on the John Edwards campaign of 2004 is very enlightening reading.

In 2002, Axelrod was reintroduced to Barack Obama who was currently a state senator from the South Side of Chicago. He had met him casually a few years earlier and had kept vague track of Obama and his career. But by 2002, Obama was looking to run for the 2004 Illinois Senate race, for the seat that was currently held by Republican Peter Fitzgerald. Axelrod and Obama "hit it off" and Axelrod joined the long-shot Senatorial campaign.
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One of the more human and transparent political memoirs by an unelected official. Where I don't share his politics, after this book I would certainly want to share a beer with Mr. Axelrod.
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This is great book to read if you admire President Obama which I do.Also the author has had a very interesting life so it was a page turner for me.Lucille Leger/Montreal
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A fun take on the Obama campaigns/presidency from an insiders perspective.
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