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David Axelrod
A 'believer' tells all, or almost
A 'believer' tells all, or almost

The man who did more than anyone to put Barack Obama in the Oval Office (other than Obama himself) has written a highly revealing campaign memoir, appropriately titled "Believer." The president's prime political strategist, fellow Chicagoan David Axelrod, lets readers in on many of the secret decisions that put Mr. Obama where he is today. Along with it he offers a confession of his personal esteem, although that does not bar him from revealing Obama's occasional churlishness and impatience, belying the president's image as Mr. Cool. Mr. Axelrod, a onetime political reporter for the Chicago Tribune, retains his journalist's eye for the significant as well as...