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Believer - My Forty Years in Politics

David Axelrod

"A stout defense-indeed, the best I have read-of the Obama years."-New York Times Book Review A New York Times bestseller. 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. Believer reveals the roots of Axelrod's devotion to politics and his faith in democratic 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 campai

"A stout defense-indeed, the best I have read-of the Obama years."-New York Times Book Review A New York Times bestseller. 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. Believer reveals the roots of Axelrod's devotion to politics and his faith in democratic 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 campai
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"A stout defense-indeed, the best I have read-of the Obama years."-New York Times Book Review A New York Times bestseller. 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. Believer reveals the roots of Axelrod's devotion to politics and his faith in democratic 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 campai

Language:

English

Length:

19h 6m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:38


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:36


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:38


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:38


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:55


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:23


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:55


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:37


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:33


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:18


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:06


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:31


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:45


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:36


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:05


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:25


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:53


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:06


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:17


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:18


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:09


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:07


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:45


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:12


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:58


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:14


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:14


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:36


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:03


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:27


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:48


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:51


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:29


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:10


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:27


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:13


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:54


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:33


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:12


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:31


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:40


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:37


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:53


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

01:36


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:17


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:08


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:45


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:19


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:55


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:24


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:49


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:43


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:47


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:56


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:52


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

08:16


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:40


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

09:02


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:10


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:12


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:57


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:01


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:21


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:20


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:42


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:01


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:58


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:05


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:56


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:08


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:38


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:01


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:15


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:53


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:09


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:34


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:42


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:36


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:35


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:49


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

08:13


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:47


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:48


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:39


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:25


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:23


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

08:52


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:02


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:37


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

08:14


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

08:06


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:35


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:13


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:53


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

08:27


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

08:44


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:31


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:50


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:33


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

07:31


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

08:48


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

08:23


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

08:33


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:22


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:50


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:21


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

07:50


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

08:38


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:22


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

08:38


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

08:37


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

08:09


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

07:49


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

08:50


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:49


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:27


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

07:38


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:27


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

04:50


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

00:35