Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi's Life, Times, and Rise to Power [NOOK Book]

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Unthinkable just a generation ago, Hillary Clinton's run for the presidency and Nancy Pelosi's ascension to Speaker of the House have cast the spotlight on American political women as never before. In the 230 years of this country's history, never has a woman—let alone a mother and a grandmother—risen to such a position of power as Nancy Pelosi did when she assumed her role as the first female Speaker of the House, third in line for the presidency.

In Madam Speaker, Marc ...

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Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi's Life, Times, and Rise to Power

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Overview

Unthinkable just a generation ago, Hillary Clinton's run for the presidency and Nancy Pelosi's ascension to Speaker of the House have cast the spotlight on American political women as never before. In the 230 years of this country's history, never has a woman—let alone a mother and a grandmother—risen to such a position of power as Nancy Pelosi did when she assumed her role as the first female Speaker of the House, third in line for the presidency.

In Madam Speaker, Marc Sandalow, an esteemed journalist and political analyst who covered Pelosi for decades, offers a richly nuanced portrait of the woman who made history. He charts Pelosi's political roots, honing in on her father, who spent five terms in Congress and stored hundreds of copies of the Congressional Record under her bed, and goes on to examine how Pelosi, who didn't run for political office until she was 47 years old, juggled her family life and fought hard to forge a place for herself in Washington, ultimately becoming one of the most influential voices in our nation.

Based on hundreds of interviews with Pelosi's colleagues, family, and friends—and the Speaker herself—Sandalow culls together insightful anecdotes and political analysis to chronicle Pelosi's meteoric rise and controversial tenure. Madam Speaker illuminates the inspiring life of a woman who has already made history.

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By-the-numbers bio of the Speaker of the House. Former San Francisco Chronicle Washington bureau chief Sandalow seems unsure whether to like, dislike or fear Nancy Pelosi, whose career he has been covering since 1987 (though, by his account, whom he first met only in 1993). "I have had a hot and cold relationship with Pelosi," he writes. Apparently Madam Speaker returns the favor, for this is an unauthorized biography chockablock with imagined conversations and scenes that speak to lack of access, unless he were hiding under her bed when the call from the White House came to congratulate her on her election to the nation's third in command. We will never know. Admittedly, Sandalow notes, Pelosi disdains the press; her attitude probably won't be improved by this too often ham-fisted piece, with all its unnecessary flourishes (does anyone need to be reminded that San Francisco was home to beatniks?) and choppy paeans to Pelosi's legendary multitasking abilities ("Each day was a logistical labyrinth. Carpools. Fund raising letters. School plays. Donor meetings. Birthday parties. Printing deadlines. Teacher meetings. Slate cards. Soccer practice. School supplies. Voter files. Press calls. Homework. Thank you notes. Fund raising dinners. Field trips"). Sandalow slowly rises to the occasion as he writes of the impress of Pelosi's past-born into one political family, married into another-on a career that took off after her first run for political office at the age of 47 and that rapidly led her to one of the most powerful positions in government. Sandalow appreciates his subject's toughness but sometimes seems not to understand it; there were reasons she endorsed Jack Murtha over Steny Hoyer asher lieutenant, for instance, just as there were reasons for her party to vote Hoyer in instead-and reasons for Pelosi to profess that she was "not a person who has regrets" in the wake. Still-raw material that could be of use to Pelosi's next biographer. Agent: Amy Rennert/Amy Rennert Agency
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"All Americans should know Nancy Pelosi's remarkable story. This is a fascinating account of one of the nation's most fascinating political figures. No journalist has followed her more closely, and can tell her story better, than Marc Sandalow.'' —Willie Brown, former California Assembly Speaker and mayor of San Francisco

"An illuminating portrait of the forces that shaped Nancy Pelosi and the way she wields power as the first woman to achieve the highest post in a male-dominated institution." —Eleanor Clift, contributing editor, Newsweek

"This book is a wonderful insight into the first woman Speaker of the House. She is a modern pioneer whose life story is an inspiration to a whole new generation of women. And no one has followed her political career more closely than Marc Sandalow." —Leon Panetta, former White House chief of staff

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605299693
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 549,049
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Marc Sandalow spent 21 years on the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle, the last 10 years as the paper's Washington bureau chief. He is currently a political analyst on KPIX-TV and KCBS radio in San Francisco. Sandalow is a coauthor of a book on baseball entitled Ballparks: A Panoramic History, and lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Baltimore

Ch. 1 A Girl in a Boys' House 11

Ch. 2 The Mayor's Daughter 21

Pt. II San Francisco

Ch. 3 Out of the Kitchen 43

Ch. 4 Up the Party Ladder 61

Ch. 5 Candidate Pelosi 83

Pt. III Washington, DC

Ch. 6 A Woman in a Man's House 115

Ch. 7 Gay Pneumonia 125

Ch. 8 The Presidio 133

Ch. 9 The Butchers of Beijing 139

Ch. 10 Life in the Minority 157

Ch. 11 The Path to Leadership 171

Ch. 12 Woman with a Whip 203

Ch. 13 Another Step Up the Ladder 219

Ch. 14 War 229

Ch. 15 Madam Leader 247

Ch. 16 Winning Back the House 265

Ch. 17 Madam Speaker 285

Endnotes 301

Index 311

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