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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?
Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power

by Marianne Schnall

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  • Sandra Day O`Connor (1) Republican Appointee to Supreme Court (retired 2005)
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OnTheIssues.org BOOK REVIEW:

This book, on the surface, addresses the structural and societal barriers to overcome for a woman to get elected president. But that's a pretty thin surface for the real underlying discussion, which is about Hillary Clinton getting elected president. Every other topic is secondary, although both the author and the numerous interviewees explore every other topic gamely. The author includes in the book numerous discussions of Hillary, since she comes up when the interviewees answer just about any question on this topic, such as:

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO): "I'm very hopeful we get a woman president in 2016. I'm very hopeful that Secretary Clinton decides to run." (p. 133)
  • Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME): "In the past… there just weren't enough women serving in public office… I think that obviously has changed, and I think that one person who has illustrated that change was Hillary Clinton." (pp. 138-9)
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): "Hillary Clinton would go into the White House as one of the most well-prepared leaders in modern history." (p. 168)
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): "I think we will have a woman president, and I think her name will be Hillary Clinton." (p. 290)
  • Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC): "There's no longer a question about whether a woman could be president, because Hillary Clinton's run surely put that to rest." (p. 330)
Since most of the interviewees discuss Hillary Clinton, one wonders why the author did not interview Hillary Clinton herself. That question is not addressed. My conclusion is that the book is intended for Hillary Clinton fans, who know what Hillary has said about 2016 already (she has not committed to run, but does not deny preparing). Without a direct discussion with Hillary, the rest of the book feels a lot like reading the Ready for Hillary" website: we're just on the sidelines with everyone else. What's the point?

The book does address topics other than Hillary. We only excerpt politicians' views, but there are plenty of celebrities other than politicians. Mostly women, but a few men. There are some interesting tidbits for even the pundits, like the fact that there is a regular Washington dinner meeting of women from Congress and the Supreme Court (p. 141). But overall, this book feels like a fan club: an outsider talking to other outsiders, discussing rumors and long-term intentions, with no new insight. Hillary fans would be better served reading one of the numerous other biographies. And readers other than Hillary fans will just be annoyed by all of the Hillary-oriented inferences.

-- Jesse Gordon, OnTheIssues editor-in-chief, January 2014

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Civil Rights
    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Demographics of Congress doesn't reflect women or minorities.
    Sandra Day O`Connor: Dismantling minority structural barriers is matter of time.

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Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power

by Marianne Schnall.

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