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Terry McAuliffe, former Chair, Democratic National Committee
“Bridget Siegel is a true political campaign insider and she has seen it ALL!   Her novel, Domestic Affairs, is a fun, provocative read and offers a rare glimpse into what really goes on behind the scenes of political campaigns -- the good, the bad and everything in between."

About the Author

Bridget Siegel worked on numerous political campaigns including Kerry-Edwards, Obama-Biden, Hilary Clinton, and Andrew Cuomo. She graduated from Georgetown University and is now a professional actor and writer. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602861641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602861640
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,312,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chatsworth on December 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was looking for a light read and this seemed to fit the bill. The author, however, has no innate feel for language and the book is filled with errors. Already on page 3 we have "his face was flushed white." (Does she really not know what "flush" means?) Other random examples, "stirring her coffee with her well-manicured, diamond covered hand." (Why not use a spoon?) "Another politician appropriately sat at the other "climber" table." (was seated, appropriately, at the other . . .) "He cut off her embarrassing loss of words." (How do you cut off something that doesn't exist?) There are so many non-sequitors, misplaced and misused words, so much bad grammar (not to mention a predictable and boring story) that I am abandoning the book.

All writers need editors, proof-readers, readers with a fresh eye. This author has lists of people who supposedly fulfilled these roles. Either she ignored their advice or they did piss-poor jobs.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Diane B. Wilkes VINE VOICE on August 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
DOMESTIC AFFAIRS is written by Bridget Siegel, who worked for the Edwards and Obama campaigns. The novel is a thinly disguised retelling of Edwards' run for the Presidency, with the protagonist, Olivia Greenley, being the youngest head of fund raising in a presidential race ever. She falls for the Georgian governor, Landon Taylor, who is running for President, articulating many of the things true believing Democrats believe in passionately. He pursues Olivia with equal passion. Yet the characters are poorly developed and you never get a sense of any of them, even Olivia, a workaholic who responds to Taylor like one imagines Monica Lewinsky responded to Bill Clinton--a complete schoolgirl fantasist.

On the plus side, you get lots of inside lingo as to how campaigns are funded and detailed descriptions of the richest fundraisers and their ways. The publisher is Weinstein Books (yes, Harvey Weinstein) and a character that seems based on him is one of the fund-raisers. It's kind of fun to try and figure out which parts are based on "real-life" (if politics can be said to be real-life): there's a Bernie Madoff character and when Olivia finally walks out, a blonde with a videotape machine named Brianna is on board the campaign plane, documenting the campaign. Not very subtle foreshadowing, that.

In the Acknowledgments, Ms. Siegel apologizes for her cynical view of politicians and lists the good ones she has worked with, among them Hillary Clinton, Mario Cuomo, and Terry McAuliffe (who provides a blurb for the book)...but not Edwards nor Obama. Interesting...

This is beach trash for the politically minded. I can't recommend it, despite it being compulsive reading. You're left feeling like you spent way too much time supporting the wrong candidate when there are far more worthwhile ones to engage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mlr on January 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
If you liked watching The West Wing this novel will strike a sympathetic chord. We see enthusiastic young volunteers working for the ideal candidate who will make the country a better place. The hectic scheduling,and juggling of donors'egos while also keeping an eye on the polls and numbers leaves very little time for for these idealists to have much of a private life. The novel develops the political campaign in parallel with the personal campaign of the sexual predator politician.(Alas, he is no Josiah Bartlet) The cunning of this predator as he sets his victim up is superbly depicted . This book should be required reading for all would-be interns
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Olivia Greenley can't believe her luck. Her good friend, Jacob, campaign manager for Presidential candidate Landon Taylor, has recommended her to be the new chief fundraiser. It is Olivia's dream job. Taylor is her perfect candidate; a man who is in politics to make things right and whose campaign she would be honored to work on. She is overjoyed when she is hired, especially at the knowledge that she is the youngest chief fundraiser around.

As the campaign progresses, Olivia spends hours each day on the job. She moves from fundraising event to event, hobnobbing with the rich and famous. Her job is to convince them to lend their support in whatever fashion they can. For some, that is hosting an event and committing to raising at least two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. For others, it is loaning the campaign private jets or picking up tabs for luxury hotels and amazing meals. Above all else, it is her job to convince everyone she meets to give money, tons and tons of money.

The weeks fly by and the campaign progresses. Olivia discovers the truth of political campaigns; the staffers are paid almost nothing and expected to work pretty much around the clock. Dream candidates don't seem quite so dreamy when you spend all your time with them and learn their secrets and personality flaws. Still, one can't give up the perfect job, can one?

Bridget Siegel has written an entertaining political insider's view of a campaign. She is a veteran of several campaigns herself such as Kerry-Edwards, Obama-Biden, Hilary Clinton and others. She raises the questions of whether American politics demands too much of the candidates and if it is possible to remain pure in politics. Is the entire system flawed? This book is recommended for those readers interested in politics and what the electoral system does to the participants.
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