Game of Thorns (Paperback)

The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign and Donald Trump's Winning Strategy

By Doug Wead

Center Street, 9781478921417, 416pp.

Publication Date: February 20, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/27/2017)
Hardcover (2/28/2017)

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Here is the first, insider, account of the precipitous fall of Hillary Clinton. How the scandals of a lifetime finally reached critical mass. How, in the last few days of the campaign, some on her staff saw the ghostly shroud of defeat creeping over them but were helpless to act, frozen by the self-denial of the group.

Here is an explanation of why the national media and their corporate owners kept Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren out of the race. Why they wanted their investment in the Clinton's to work and how they were willing to go to great lengths to make that happen.

Don't have time to read the thousands of leaked emails from inside the Clinton machine?

The author has done it for you and has come back from the experience with a stunning peek into the world of a political leader who privately declared that she wanted a hemisphere "with open trade and open borders."

Finally, here is the story of the rise of Donald Trump.

How his opponents sought to derail him.

This is the story of how Donald Trump's message and brand transcended the traps laid by his enemies. How, against all odds, he won the presidency. And here are the details of his plan to make American great again.

About the Author

DOUG WEAD is one of the few living historians to have written about all of the American presidents. From Washington to Obama, he is an expert on presidential families. His book, All the President Children, which covered the presidents and their families, was a New York Times bestseller.

Wead has been an employee of ten presidential campaigns. He began as a writer for Ronald Reagan in 1979. In 1989 George H.W. Bush brought him on to senior staff at the White House as special assistant to the president and, most recently, he served as a senior adviser to Senator Rand Paul.

He is a regular TV commentator on everything First Family related and he's been a guest throughout the election process on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN and a commentator during the national conventions. He has been on The Today Show ten times. He's been interviewed by Matt Lauer, Lester Holt, Norah O'Donnell, and Andrea Mitchell. All the major journalists on CBS have featured him in televised segments from Dan Rather to Katie Couric to Charlie Rose. He has been interviewed by Diane Sawyer of ABC and the late, British news icon, David Frost.

Praise For Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign and Donald Trump's Winning Strategy

"Read this compelling book to find out why she lost and he won-an outcome that will prove to be best for our nation."—Gary J. Byrne, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crisis of Character

"A great book... GAME OF THORNS gets you behind the scenes...I mean REALLY behind the scenes. Doug is respected by he has access to everybody....It's going to be a best seller. I don't care if you're left or right on this... it's an amazing tick-tock of what went wrong and it is from a presidential historian -- not some cockamamie person."—Neil Cavuto, Cavuto Coast to Coast

"GAME OF THORNS is a fascinating study of 2016 US presidential elections. Wead busts all myths created and supported by what has come to be known as fake news. Wead convincingly shows that President Trump won the elections because of a superior strategy in spite of all odds in favor of Hillary Clinton. GAME OF THORNS is a deeply researched book and provides deep insight into the election strategies of both President Trump and Hillary Clinton, as well as the American election system. GAME OF THORNS is the best book on the 2016 presidential elections and is likely to remain so in the future. It is a must read to understand American politics."—The Washington Book Review