Elizabeth Hanford Dole: Speaking from the Heart

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As a politician, what you say and how you say it is almost as important as what you do. Political careers are made based not only on substantive achievements, but also on style, presentation, speeches, and debates. Dole's is no exception. After a career in government service spanning six presidents, from Lyndon B. Johnson to George H. W. Bush, she became widely recognized as a leading Republican politician in her own right after her 1996 speech at the GOP convention. In 1999 she spent six months campaigning for ...

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As a politician, what you say and how you say it is almost as important as what you do. Political careers are made based not only on substantive achievements, but also on style, presentation, speeches, and debates. Dole's is no exception. After a career in government service spanning six presidents, from Lyndon B. Johnson to George H. W. Bush, she became widely recognized as a leading Republican politician in her own right after her 1996 speech at the GOP convention. In 1999 she spent six months campaigning for president before dropping out of the race due to a lack of adequate funds, and in 2002 she was elected U.S. Senator from North Carolina. In this biography of Dole, the authors show how she has been able to advance the causes she cares about, as well as her political career, through her consummate skills as a public speaker.

Dole's career included service in two cabinets, as Secretary of Transportation Reagan and Secretary of Labor Bush, and she also served as president of the American Red Cross. The authors quote liberally from her speeches and interviews to illustrate the events of her political career and to place her choices—personal, career, and political—in the context of the times and places in which she grew up and came of age. Her trajectory—from Southern belle debutante to Harvard Law School student and from political wife to presidential candidate and U.S. senator—is fascinating, and the deftness with which she has been able to deflect the criticisms thrown her way is instructive for women of both political parties and for politicians of both genders.

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Meet the Author

MOLLY MEIJER WERTHEIMER is Professor of Speech Communication and Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State Universeity, Hazleton.

NICHOLA D. GUTGOLD is Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Pennsylvania State University, Berks-Lehigh Valley.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Introduction: Her Words Paint the Portrait

Advocate for Public Policy

Advocate for Religious, Patriotic, and Humanitarian Values

Advocate for Women's Rights

Advocating for Her Husband, the Republican Party, and Herself

Conclusion: A Leader a Long Way from Twilight

Appendix

Notes

Works Cited

About the Authors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    A wonderful book that touched my heart

    I received a copy of this most wonderful book as a Christmas present from a dear aunt of mine. I was never a great fan of Elizabeth Dole, but after having read this book I'm so pleased that Mrs. Dole represents my state in Congress and I did learn so much about the many great things she has done for our great nation. I must say that this book is a must read for any woman who takes pride in the achievements of great women leaders. -God bless America

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2005

    A personal conversation with Elizabeth Dole

    Reading this book is like sitting down and having a personal conversation with Senator Elizabeth Dole. I found this book on Elizabeth Dole to be informative yet highly entertaining. The authors have shed new light on Dole that presents her like no other Dole book I've read. From her time as Red Cross spokeswoman to Senator she's given some milestone speeches that have been well detailed in the book. I highly recommend this book, even if you're not a huge Dole fan.

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