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I saw an interview on T. V. with Senator McCaskill discussing how she is investigating and analyzing the Iran Treaty. I was impressed at how she was educating herself about the treaty and the various other options available. So I decided to buy her book and read about her.
I discovered she is the first woman Senator from Missouri. She tells about her early life and her education. She earned a law degree and worked her way through school by working as a waitress. She worked as prosecutor and after some attempts was finally elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives. McCaskill tells in detail her failed campaign run for Governor of Missouri. She says that being Governor was her goal since age 8; she goes on to tell about what she did right and wrong in her campaign attempt. She was encouraged to run for Senator from Missouri by the Democratic Party. She says she put into practice in this campaign what she had learned from the failed attempt for Governor. McCaskill discusses her political life and her various campaigns and opponents. She also briefly touches on her personal life.
I was very interested in her life as a Senator and her interactions with the other women Senators. She discussed Hilary Clinton telling how hard working she was and that she was just one of the girls. I was interested in her view of the debate about sexual abuse in the Military. McCaskill served on the committee chaired by Kirsten Gillibrand and the various “Military Code of Justice” laws they got changed or added. She spoke about many of the women Senators she worked with and how well they all worked together without regard to their party affiliations.
The goal of the book is to encourage young women to run for political office. She would like to have at least sixty women in the Senate. The book is easy to read and provides an inside view of the life of a women politician.
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An excellent depiction of a very strong willed, focused, and tell it how it is woman. i admire her and all she has accomplished. Was willing to tell it like it really is.
Loved this for a number of different reasons. Claire speaks about her family with such fondness, her public service with such dedication and her elections with such excitement that it's impossible not to feel part of it.