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"I've often said Terry's energy could light up a city....Terry's excitement for politics and life is evident on every page." (Senator Hillary Clinton)
"No one knows more about American politics than Terry McAuliffe. He gives us some remarkable insights and knows how to make his accounts both humorous and informative." (Jimmy Carter)
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By Eric on 02-22-07
Absolutely loved this audiobook. I purchased it with some hesitation not knowing what to expect, but the book provides a rare combination of being both first hand and unpretentious as it reveals the amazing inner world of high-level political players. One of the most enjoyable listens I have had in years.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Thomas on 05-30-07
In the first paragraph of this book, the authors states not to expect an unbiased look at politics. No statement could be truer.
First the good: this was darn funny and extremely entertaining, and grabs your attention from the first sentence. It flew by and I definitely really enjoyed it. It was a great very raw look at the game of politics, and if you were not cynical before, you soon will be. But you’ll be laughing the whole way.
That bad: this is Clinton writing at its worst. There is not a single insightful introspective sentence in the entire work. This is just a constant tirade about how the democrats and the Clintons in particular are perfect, while the Republicans are a bunch of thieves who have nothing to offer the country except lies and scare tactics. Furthermore, all of the Democrats problems are due to persecution at the hands of biased press and Republican witch hunts. In this regard, it reminds me a lot of Clinton’s “My Life”.
It would be nice if the book could muster some objectivity to analyze the democratic strategy, both strengths and flaws, and add some insight into the author’s regrets, thoughts on his achievements, and reflections on the last 20 years. However, he offers nothing in this regard, just a diatribe against anyone who was not in the Clinton’s camp. Of course the author is perfect in his loyalty to his friends, and his actions throughout 20 years in politics. The only thing approaching how humerous and entertaining the stories in the book are is the uniformly single sided viewpoints offered. Entertaining, but you are not going to learn anything except how dirty politics is. The audio was excellent.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful