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Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters (Thorndike Biography) Hardcover – Large Print, December 1, 2008

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Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House, offers her words of wisdom mixed with those from women who helped make her journey possible. Geared toward women both young and old, Pelosi's message is one of possibility and promise and her encouraging advice comes across clearly in her own inspired reading. With plenty of experience in public speaking, Pelosi displays a slightly different side of her personality and performance ability here, offering an extremely personal and relatable reading that draws listeners in with its honesty and earnestness. The final result is sure to inspire scores of young listeners, and reaffirm what many older listeners have known for a very long time: possibility is not limited to members of a particular sex, age or social class. A Doubleday hardcover (Reviews, June 2).(Aug.)
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As Pelosi points out in the preface to this slim volume, becoming Speaker of the House was not so much a personal victory as it was a “pivotal moment for all women.” With the proverbial everywoman in mind, she provides a series of life lessons drawn from her experiences and the experiences of women who influenced and inspired her on the journey to Capitol Hill. Though Pelosi, the daughter of Baltimore mayor Tommy D’Alesandro, was admittedly more socially and politically connected than the average American female, she nevertheless broke a succession of gender barriers that many of her own supporters did not even anticipate. Though her personal and political life has already been well documented in Vincent Bzdek’s Woman of the House: The Rise of Nancy Pelosi (2008), she manages to put an intimate spin on some familiar landscapes. Despite the fact that her advice is relatively tame and not especially original—never lose faith, recognize opportunity, organize, don’t agonize, there is no secret sauce, etc.—readers will appreciate the spirit, the sincerity, and the context of the message delivered by one of the most powerful women in the nation. Sure to be of interest to both Pelosi fans and foes. --Margaret Flanagan --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Thorndike Biography
  • Hardcover: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410411540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410411549
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,058,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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402 of 440 people found the following review helpful By J. Mancino on July 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Very tough to get through. Weak and shallow substance. Expected much better and was thoroughly disappointed. Did she really think she had a winner here? Great idea for a book, but zero in the delivery. Could not recommend this to anyone.
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112 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Laser Point on August 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have to say in front that I disagree with much of Speaker Pelosi's politics. Nevertheless she is a successful woman who has achieved a very high position in our government. As a woman I thought her book might bring an enlightening perspective to the particular issues which confront women who want to be politically involved in our society. Unfortunately the book is poorly thought out and poorly written. She cannot seem to escape her ego enough to compose a thoughtful tome which might prove valuable to women regardless of their political bent. I suspect that even readers who are ardent admirers of Ms Pelosi may find themselves disappointed in this book.
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431 of 494 people found the following review helpful By Bill Hensler VINE VOICE on July 31, 2008
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I went down to the local store and grabbed this book off a shelf, got a cup of joe, and read it. I have the joy of being able to read her book and not paying a dime to her.

I guess the book makes sense in a Bizzaro world sort of way. I'll give you that warning.

Nancy gives the reader her life's lessons. Nancy tells about her struggles against Republicans and the various groups that make America a not so great place to live. It's kind of weird reading what the Speaker of the House thinks of her fellow Americans: Nancy thinks less of people politically opposed to her than of violent criminals. Criminals act bad because of events in life. Republicans and Conservatives are bad because they think wrong. Actually, it's a little chilling.

The writing is OK. I just hugely disagree with what she writes and how she thinks.

Now, don't think here writing is in the same league as Professor Newt Gingrich. Gingrich has his personal issues but he is a fantastic writer and an excellent history professor. Here is an example of Professor Gingrich writings Grant Comes East . Conversely, Nancy generally writes in this strange first person way and how her logic is always best. Actually, "logic" is a wrong word. It's Nancy's feeling that matter most. You're going to get a book of feelings. It's like Oprah as a politician who writes, badly.

Nancy is a mere opportunist. She is bankrolled by a fortune from her husband and is elected by a congressional district that has less choice in an election than the old Soviet Union. She writes for the leftist tea and cookie crowd that has never had to do a hard day of work in their life.
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155 of 177 people found the following review helpful By Moxxe on July 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was simple horrendous - poorly written and very boring. I read the first 30 or so pages and simply had to put it down. The writing lacks focus and tends to drift from thought to thought. Though it does well emphasizing how Nancy loves Nancy.

A much better read is Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning
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108 of 122 people found the following review helpful By R.H. on August 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
So I stood in the bookstore, and read the first five pages...then sat down...and went through about twenty pages. Bluntly, its not much of an effort, and I'm surprised that the publisher accepted it as such. I thought there would be some thought-provoking ideas here....but sadly...none. I don't think it has that much to offer anyone...other than being something that Nancy wrote. I would hope for better next time she makes a writing effort.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Darryl K. Bateman on July 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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This book was not only boring , but poorly written. You would think that the leader of Congress could afford a better ghost Writer. Perhaps if Pelosi would spend more time on the countries business ( Energy Crisis ! ), her 9% approval rating would increase.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By T. Hoeting on August 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought 2 copies of this book for my daughters then read it after one complained the book wasn't very good. I think Pelosi is best when she shares her memories and family moments, and weakest when she gives advice. The advice comes across as heavy-handed and very, very political. My one daughter said she felt as if she was 'being preached to' rather than advised.

Ms. Pelosi could have done so much with this book. She has a fascinating rise to power and regardless of her political leanings, she is a great example of how times have changed for women in this country - exactly the message I want for my 2 girls. But she encases everything in wrappings of politics that the message is lost.
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161 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Dennis P. Han MD on July 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A typical political fluff piece that says nothing about how her public life has made life better for most Americans (other than making her more powerful in her own and Washington's mind). Rich Limo liberal, overly preachy, and condescending best describes this book.
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