O A Presidential Novel The truth only fiction can tell This is a novel about aspiration and delusion set during the presidential election of and written by an anonymous author who has spent years observing politics an

  • Title: O: A Presidential Novel
  • Author: Anonymous
  • ISBN: 9781451625967
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The truth only fiction can tell.This is a novel about aspiration and delusion, set during the presidential election of 2012 and written by an anonymous author who has spent years observing politics and the fraught relationship between public image and self regard.The novel includes revealing and insightful portraits of many prominent figures in the political world some invThe truth only fiction can tell.This is a novel about aspiration and delusion, set during the presidential election of 2012 and written by an anonymous author who has spent years observing politics and the fraught relationship between public image and self regard.The novel includes revealing and insightful portraits of many prominent figures in the political world some invented and some real.

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    1. This is an abysmal attempt at novel writing. The conceit of having an 'Anonymous' author is really the only semi-interesting thing this book has going for it. Although it promotes itself as a fictionalized novel of the Obama presidency, the writing is so clunky and uninspired, the plot so unimaginative, and the characters - ostensibly based on real people - so wooden, that any larger point about politics or power or the media (if it exists) is lost in the muddle of poor execution.Unlike its anon [...]

    2. I read this book in December of 2010, during a spate of literature being published, mostly nonfiction, about the Obama Administration and President Barack Obama specifically. There were, it seemed, equal numbers of pro-Obama books versus anti-Obama books. "O" was one of the few novels I found during this era that was blatantly attempting to describe a "behind the scenes" look into the Obama Administration. It was, in my opinion, a failure, mainly because it didn't go far enough in focusing a cri [...]

    3. Like the people who end up running for president, this anonymous novel about Barack Obama's reelection campaign isn't as good as you hoped or as bad as you feared. Maybe the American people get the roman a clef they deserve. Because regardless of how closely "O" anticipates next year's campaign, it's an uncanny response to this month's call for a more civil political discourse.In fact, its anonymity may be the sexiest thing about "O." The publisher is being coy, claiming it was written by someon [...]

    4. wow. If I could give this ZERO stars I would. It's awful. I read the first 50% and skimmed the rest and even skimming it was painful.The plot is thin. The characters are completely wooden and unlikeable. The author drifts off into these random flights of fancy and forgets what's going on in the story. You can tell he likes to think of himself as a great and eloquent writer but it all comes off as a teenager who just discovered some big words. He really needed an editor.Bottom line is that nothin [...]

    5. I'm not gonna lie--I will read this and take it all pretty much as gospel truth, I know I will.Damn. Location 125 and I am already bored. Author seems to have the vocabulary and descriptive powers of Tom Clancy, minus the plotting skills. Off to try again.Oof. Another chapter, and I don't know how much more I can take. Leaden prose, passive verbs, Tom Swifties.ady with a byzantine series of relationships among indistinguishable male characters (unless they're black, then they stand out, and I do [...]

    6. From my review at The American Prospect: In the proud tradition of Joe Klein's fictionalized (and briefly anonymous) retrospective of the 1992 George H.W. Bush- Bill Clinton race comes O: A Presidential Novel. O, which purports to foretell the 2012 race, has already been dismissed for its terrible writing, its lack of women, and the bald stunt of an anonymous author. But, ladies and gentlemen of Washington (and you brave souls who are reading this despite lacking a Beltway address), I encourage [...]

    7. This book is more of a novelty than anything else. There's some interesting observations on modern politics, but the attempted plot threads leave much to be desired. It's worth a read if you're curious, but you're not missing much if you don't read it.

    8. I enjoyed the first half of this book but the second half seemed rushed. It was almost as if the author was told he had a page limit and saw he was getting close so had to wrap it up.

    9. Wowwhere to start?First, the writing style was, for the most part, maddeningly passive. Plot developments were summarized rather than allowing the reader to be put in the middle of the action. The plot itself was thin and unexciting -- certainly not substantial enough to carry a 300+ page book. Character development was lacking, and weirdly, the most poorly developed character of all was the supposed protagonist, Cal Regan. You didn't like him. You didn't dislike him. He didn't have much noticea [...]

    10. This a very interesting book for what it attempts—which is to get inside the head of USPresident Barack Obama in the future, during the upcoming 2012 presidential election. Therefore, it is not a novel in the way that most people think of novels: What with a plot of mystery, drama, and intrigue, with interesting, super- and sub-typical characters, that takes place in a complimentary land- or cityscape with romance and regret and anger and bitterness and hate and revenge and heroes and heroines [...]

    11. This book isn’t all that bad. I expected a lot worse. But I found myself getting entangled in the details of the presidential campaign of 2012 which forms the basis of the story. O is running against a sort of McCain/Romney/Eisenhower Republican, his campaign is a well-oiled machine, unemployment is down to 6 percent, and the incumbent president always has a lot of advantages. His opponent puts up a good fight but O is ahead by 10 points in the polls going into October. The main characters are [...]

    12. What a mess. "O" fails to live up to the standard (which really wasn't that high) set by its obvious inspiration "Primary Colors" as a wink-wink fictional account of the 2012 election campaign between Obama and Romney. Even though it's non-fiction, "Double Down" by Mark Halperin creates a more exciting narrative of the race, and that's without the freedom to create any series of events one desires, since fiction doesn't have to correspond to real events.The story itself is a wandering mess. Poin [...]

    13. When this book came out, the anonymity of its author was the primary focus of much of the conversation around it. Well, that and which characters were really thinly veiled references to which actual politicians and media elites. Many were obvious, others less so, but this coverage obscured the larger point: that this was an adequate, if uninspired, novel of Washington politics, and maybe the first one to really get 21st century presidential politics down right. I only recently got around to read [...]

    14. “O-A Presidential Novel” is a poor excuse of a novel. Written by Anonymous (who is obviously a political insider and clearly not a writer) the book is dull, poorly characterized, and a slog of a read. In fact, I only completed it out of a stupid sense of finishing what I started.Plotting in this book is insanely bad, jumping all over the place. The author introduces almost a dozen (I counted) sub plots in which they hint at something interesting to follow and then drops completely, never to [...]

    15. Even though the reviews for this book were awful, my fascination with politics and all the hype around the release of this book got the better of me, and I had to see for myself. Well, hype is about all it was. Penning an anonymous novel is pretty presumptuous--you set the bar pretty high about the kind of insider information you're going to share, even if it is a novel, if revealing yourself would be that damaging. The only "insider" stuff this author has is inane campaign nuts and bolts that p [...]

    16. People have been scathing about this book, and that seems to me to be unwarranted. I enjoyed it. I'm mainly reading lots of campaign books as research for the novel I'm writing and not so much for the quality of the literature. This was no Game Change and it was certainly no Primary Colors, but it did have many insightful vignettes into life on the campaign trail. That's kind of how it felt, though, vignettes, though I suppose there was something of a plot arc.I have to say, I also don't like it [...]

    17. A 3.5 for keeping me interested/entertained, but a solid 1 for the writing in this, which is abysmal.Essentially, this follows a fictional 2012 campaign between the President, "O," and his Republican challenger. Along the way, the campaigns are struck by political problems, problems with the media, and the like. Pretty standard boilerplate plot that gets the job done, and is total political porn - no real value other than an escapist romp.Sadly, the writing is poor. Very, very poor. Unrealistic [...]

    18. This story is a satirical look at current American politics, going from the year prior to reelection of the President, known simply as “O” to the night before the election. It follows the life of a man who had been a friend, Walter, whose mother is dying of leukemia; Cal Regan, his campaign chief; Maddy Cohen, a star reporter and one-time lover of Cal; Tom “Tom Terrific” Morrison, the Republican candidate and the way their lives are all tied up together in the heady race toward the Capit [...]

    19. I held off reading "O" until after the election last week and I am glad I did. It is entertaining, and having had worked on campaigns, it captures the suddden highs and lows of election life and that pit in your stomach feeling when the news cycle and polls are suddenly running against you.Was anyone else spooked by how accurate Mark Salter's narrative was when compared to what unfolded in the 2012 election? More than two years before the election Salter nailed the campaign environment down to t [...]

    20. The author requests anonymity ostensibly because she/he has been in the same room as Mr. Obama. I believe she/he is trying to imply that she/he has been one of Mr. O's closer friends/associates. With that said, I have trouble beleiving that this person is still a friend/associate of the President because she/he provides a very raw and sometimes scathing account of inside the White House. For that reason, I loved the book. The reason, though, that I only gave it three stars is that there are part [...]

    21. To be honest, this book leaves something to be desired. If one consider themselves a political junkie, this book is worth picking up, if for no other reason than to enjoy the vivid descriptions of things like life on the campaign trail, and over-night tracking polls. However, base on how the book is structural sometimes one would turn the page to discover that the story has skipped forward several months and to a different phase of the campaign. Anyway, the dialogue is witty, mostly interesting, [...]

    22. I enjoyed this book. As a Canadian, I've never been interested in American politics but I guess with the whole 2016 presidential elections coming up and constantly hearing about it, I decided to read this book. Initially it was supposed to be a gift for a friend, but I changed my mind and gave him something else. Because of that, I read the book myself. The book was good throughout, but it really picked up the pace in the 2nd half. I was interesting to see how presidential campaigns function. I [...]

    23. It started along the lines of Primary Colors. But it failed to live up to the expectations I had. At times I felt the story got too stuck on side stories and then that became a double failure because the authors would use two sentences without nuance towards the conclusion of the book to wrap it up far in the future. Of course the one story that was not wrapped up was the driving plot. Also sometimes there would be a sudden indepth focus on such a inconsequential character, never to be validated [...]

    24. I wanted to like this book because it was a neat concept. Unfortunately I found it pretty boring. There wasn't much of a plot--it was more like a bunch of scenes that were put together by taking one from Column A and one from Column B. About the only thing that I found enjoyable was when I thought I matched up a book character with the actual person on which the character was based. In my opinion, the author should not give up his day job.

    25. Listened to this on audio and found it interesting as a "fictional account of a presidential campaign". Thought it portrayed the inside of the process well. Politics are rough and it takes certain kinds of people to both run and report on the runners. Maybe it was harder to read but it fun to listen to this well done audiobook.

    26. Interesting book based on the more recent American election. Obama is a character in this book, along with many of his staff, but with a fictitious secondary candidate, this was a peek into the intricacies of the game of an election. The characters were well developed and interacted in a why that heightened the story line. Give it a read and then never go into politics…ever. :)

    27. I'm still unsure what message the author is trying to convey here. Is this the "Primary Colors" of the Obama administration? If so, it's short of the mark. Reads more like a how to get re-elected primer than anything but should appeal to political junkies who've always wondered just what goes on in an election campaign. Although I suspect, like making sausage, we'd rather not know.

    28. I really wanted all the reviews I had read of this book to be wrong. The beginning was strong and it could have been a good book if more time had been spent on character development and interaction and less time on pontificating about the process of presidential campaign politics.

    29. We brought this as the cover said "anyone suffering from withdrawal symptoms from the end of the West Wing will enjoy this"Not as good as West Wing but okay. Was a bit dissappointed by the end (not everyone lived happily ever after)

    30. Wish I knew who wrote this. In any case this is one of those books that might only appeal to people who are political wonks. It is so right on as to the stresses and procedures of campaigns from the inside. More detailed than most books of this type.

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