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Bzdek (news editor, Washington Post) has written a balanced (if ultimately praising) and thoroughly researched biography of the energetic "gentle lady" from San Francisco and her remarkable political rise. Born into the legendary political D'Alesandro family from Baltimore (her father and brother were both mayors), married to a wealthy and supportive businessman, and mother to five children, Nancy Pelosi, as Speaker of the House, now holds the highest political office ever held by a woman in the United States. The author details Pelosi's 20-year rise through the Democratic ranks in California, up to her current role, when in the first 100 "legislative hours" as speaker she managed to push through most of the legislation she had pledged to pass. The author shows the influences of family, religion, respect, and loyalty as guiding beacons for her success and stamina. Bzdek's is not an academic study of the person two heartbeats away from the presidency, but it details how she is truly an inspiration to other women. Highly recommended for public libraries.
—Mary C. Allen