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All's Fair: Love, War and Running for President Paperback – August 31, 1995
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--Judy Quinn, formerly with "Library Journal"
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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With able assistance from Peter Knobler, America's favorite political odd couple of James Carville and Mary Matalin explain how they kept their relationship together while simultaneously working against each other's professional goals.
As you may recall, the Democratic Carville helped manage President Clinton's successful bid for the White House in 1992, while Republican Matalin was a major figure in the reelection campaign of President Bush. The two have since appeared frequently as commentators on NBC's "Meet the Press," and even in an antacid commercial
In this account, however, Carville and Matalin avoid most of the pitfalls of the typical partisan memoir by using an even-handed "he said/she said" approach that usually provides equal time for these two very different people. Although the subtitle is "Love, War, and Running for President," those looking for intimate, melodramatic details of their weird alliance will be disappointed. Both Carville and Matalin do an admirable job of maintaining their individual dignity and conjugal privacy. Indeed, 80 percent of "All's Fair" is about the difficult business of public life. Only 20 percent concerns their personal feelings. And yet, that 20 percent gives this story a human dimension often lacking in more conventional election histories.Read more ›
Mary Matalin's sections on the Bush re-election were wonderful reading and I am an avowed liberal. She perfectly captured the patrician nobility of Bush Senior and the campaign that destroyed itself. From the disasterous reign of John Sununu as Chief of Staff, the tragic death of Lee Atwater, the paralysis of Margaret Tutwiler, the insanity of Ross Perot, the mean-spiritedness of Patrick Buchanan, the shrill defeatism of Rich Bonds, and the often confused and muddled voice of an out of touch President, George Bush, the characters are vividly drawn and almost sympathetic.
Carville on the other hand is masterful in his analysis of the consciousness of the American Everyman. The strength of Carville's strategy is common sense played offensively. He respects the middle class American sense of irony and skepticism trying to move toward optimism and problem solving.
Even though the book is 478 pages long, it is really a fast read. Both Matalin and Carville are witty, strategic professionals with years of experience. I didn't get the book to read a sappy love story and I was glad the book focused on the considerable professional experiences of this couple rather than on their fledgling romance.
Carville's desciptions of Bill Clinton do the man justice as a flawed but brilliant leader. Matalin's desciptions of George Bush do the man justice as a man who believes his class, gender, and race was destined for leadership but he just can't navigate the reality of the average American experience.Read more ›
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What a life these two have. I was laughing the entire time i was reading their separate pieces. Love is truly strange. How can two so different people make it work? Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kay
Funny, witty and informative. The reader gains respect for both Matalin and Carville. Nice to see some people are able to put aside political differences when doing so is... Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Laura E.
What an enjoyable day spent reading this book. The marriage dynamic has melded like a fine wine,without the couple's great personalities eroding. Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Do not publish my info ever,
I was able to find this book for my son who has a high school project that is due when school starts. he stated it is an interesting book to read.Published on August 10, 2013 by shannon graslie
This is a great read if you're into politics. An amazing love story too. Following the presidential primaries and general election of '92 from two different perspectives that... Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by Bob Young
Even in 2011, I find this book about the 1992 presidential campaign relevant. The Clinton era is still a part of our society today, because the past lives with us and is a part of... Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by Jennifer Cipriano
I read this years ago and while I read it, and to this day, all I can recall are the two of them going back-and-forth about their relationship. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Abbe
The presidential election of 1992 was one of the more interesting elections in recent decades, and one of the compelling subplots of the contest was the fact that two of the key... Read morePublished on March 10, 2010 by Eric Mayforth