One of America’s most important young journalists delivers the first substantial piece of narrative nonfiction to chronicle the hard-fought closing months of the 2012 presidential campaign in PANIC 2012. Michael Hastings – BuzzFeed correspondent at large; Rolling Stone contributor; George Polk Award winner; and critically acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling author of The Operators – presents an in-your-face, on-the-ground, real-time, singular account of how the Obama campaign privately panicked and ultimately recovered after the President’s disastrous performance in his first debate with Mitt Romney. In the tradition of iconoclastic journalists such as Hunter S. Thompson, Richard Ben Cramer, and P. J. O’Rourke, Hastings offers an edgy, rollicking, wholly original portrayal of the enormous and intense political operation that is an American presidential campaign.
Michael Hastings was a contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine and a correspondent at large for BuzzFeed. Before that he worked for Newsweek, where he rose to prominence covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the recipient of the 2010 George… More about Michael Hastings
“Hastings knows how to ask hard questions … An entertainment … Aspiring politicos and their staffers, though, will want [PANIC 2012] for its astute look at the tricks of the trade.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Panic 2012 is an often outrageous, irreverent riff on politics and media…a wild ride.”—Shelf Awareness
“For any political junkie, this is a read-all-night revelation of the hard-fought 2012 presidential campaign. Hastings moves at warp speed with the press contingent through grueling travel schedules and second-rate accommodations, all the while aware of gamesmanship among so-called colleagues, the White House press corps, “some of the most vicious and competitive journalists on the planet.” Highlights include a chronology of the Benghazi attack, the moment when Vice President Biden jumped ahead of the president with comments on gays, and Obama’s participation in an online Q&A which influenced an estimated 30,000 people to register to vote.”—Publisher’s Weekly, starred review