>In Game Change, about the ’08 presidential race, reporters John Heilemann and Mark Halperin reveal the human beings behind the candidates.
WHY WRITE THIS BOOK?
JH: We’d never seen a race with such incredible characters.
MH: We knew it would make a great book in the style of a novel—but where everything was true.
WHOM DID YOU TALK TO?
MH: Over 200 people.
JH: We promised anonymity.
WHAT DID YOU THINK WOULD MAKE THE MOST NEWS?
JH: That Democratic senators secretly urged Obama to take on Hillary Clinton.
MH: They were concerned the rumors about Bill Clinton’s private life would derail her.
JH: Rudy Giuliani was a pussycat in private.
MH: The campaign staff was more worried about Sarah Palin’s mental stability than whether she knew her facts.
DREAM CASTING FOR THE PLANNED HBO FILM?
MH: Will Smith has said he’d like to play Obama at some point. This is his opportunity!