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Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House

Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House

by Tom LoBianco
Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House

Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House

by Tom LoBianco


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A revealing biography of Mike Pence, the most secretive vice president in modern history, from a reporter with unprecedented access.

“I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican . . . in that order.” —Mike Pence

As the impeachment of President Donald Trump remains a constant topic of discussion in political circles, the questions around our current vice president also continue to swirl, and in some ways, the puzzlement over his true nature has never truly been clear. Tom LoBianco, a longtime Pence reporter, cuts to the core of the nation’s most enigmatic politician in this intimate yet expansive account of the vice president’s journey to the White House. In Piety & Power, LoBianco follows Pence from his evangelical conversion in college to his failed career as a young lawyer, to his thwarted attempts at politics until he hitched his wagon to far-right extremism, becoming the Congressional poster boy for faith-based policy and Tea Party rhetoric. Giving readers a minute-by-minute account of the selection process that made him Donald Trump’s unlikely running mate in 2016, Piety & Power traces Pence’s personal and political life, painting a picture of a man driven by faith and conviction, yes, but also a hunger for power.

LoBianco crafts a revealing portrait of the real Mike Pence—a politician whose understated style masks a drive for power, but also a surprising political acumen—by drawing on years of research, over one hundred exclusive interviews with those closest to the vice president, and deep ties both within the Beltway and Indiana state politics. Highlighting Pence’s strained, at times obsequious, relationship with Trump; his marriage to Karen; his deeply repressed personality; his presidential aspirations and plans for America’s future; and his deep-rooted faith in his country, in God, and ultimately himself; Piety & Power provides insights and answers as it sheds light on this ambitious Midwestern politician, his past, and his possible future.

The trade paperback edition features an updated introduction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062868794
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/30/2020
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 743,909
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Tom LoBianco is a longtime reporter who has covered Mike Pence from the statehouse to the White House for the Associated Press, CNN, and the Indianapolis Star. LoBianco is a regular political analyst on national television and radio, including CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, NPR and more. In more than a decade covering politics, he has unearthed scores of stunning stories. He lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife and daughter.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction You Got What You Wanted, Mike 1

Prologue The Cornfield in Pence's Backyard 7

Chapter 1 Idyllic 17

Chapter 2 Conversion 25

Chapter 3 Candidate School-1988 47

Chapter 4 Broke-1990 65

Chapter 5 The Think Tank 77

Chapter 6 Mike Pence, Inc. V. Michael 89

Chapter 7 Resurrection-2000 107

Chapter 8 The Unknown 119

Chapter 9 Pence's Moment 143

Chapter 10 Back Home Again 165

Chapter 11 Governor Pence for President 189

Chapter 12 Now, George 207

Chapter 13 At Peace 221

Chapter 14 God's Plan 257

Chapter 15 Piety & Power 287

Acknowledgments 311

Notes 317

Index 363

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