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Game Change authors to take on 2016 election in new book

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Of all the accounts of Barack Obama’s historic victory in the 2008 presidential election, few were as entertaining as Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s Game Change. The veteran political reporters provided a behind-the-scenes look at the hard-fought 2008 race, from John Edwards’ infidelity scandal to Sarah Palin’s chaotic entry into mainstream culture. It was so successful it was turned into a movie starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Ed Harris for HBO, and the writers followed it up with a sequel, Double Down, covering Obama’s reelection campaign against Mitt Romney. Now, a third is on its way: On Thursday, Penguin Press officially announced that another installment is indeed coming next year, this time covering the 2016 election and Donald Trump’s surprise upset over Hillary Clinton.

Though still untitled, the third Game Change book will follow the path of its predecessor: HBO acquired the rights to the book for a miniseries to be executive produced by Jay Roach and others behind the 2012 Game Change adaptation. The third Game Change book is due out early 2018, with the HBO series to follow shortly after that.