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Planned Bullyhood: The Truth Behind the Headlines about the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle with Susan G. Komen for the Cure MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged

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  • Publisher: Tantor; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (September 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452660441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452660448
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,085,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen Handel, former senior vice president of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has held senior management positions with several major companies and served as president of one of Georgia's largest chambers of commerce.

Pam Ward has performed in a variety of venues, but she found her true calling reading books for the blind and physically handicapped for the Library of Congress Talking Books program, for which she received the prestigious Alexander Scourby Award from the American Foundation for the Blind. She is also an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.

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Karen Handel built her career on sound fiscal and organizational management in both the public and private sector. With tremendous perseverance and determination, she has had a successful political and business career. Most recently, Karen served as Senior VP of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, overseeing its federal and state policy efforts. She has served as Georgia's first elected Republican Secretary of State, as well as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Sonny Perdue.

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This book does not have me coming away feeling sorry for her.
Robin Orlowski
If anything, Karen Handel must be applauded for speaking out against a vicious attack by both Planned Parenthood and the Media.
Just reading this book is and extremely superficial look into what Planned Parenthood does and the issue as a whole.
Internet Safe

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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Root on November 21, 2012
I had trouble deciding how many stars to give this often interesting but very uneven book. I almost gave up during the introduction, but I persisted and found the book very interesting, except when Handel went into histrionic partisan mode. Handel has led a very interesting life, and if she has done all she says, she has a lot to be proud of.

Karen Handel is the one blamed for leading Komen to drop Planned Parenthood (PP). The thing is, even if it was Handel's idea (she insists it wasn't), she couldn't have done it by herself. She is left in the position of an outside lover whom a reconciling couple has agreed bears all the blame for the infidelity. That saves face and makes it easier to reconcile, but it isn't true. Say what you will, it remains that the infidel agreed to the affair and is the real betrayer. Set up as the scapegoat, Handel is understandably bitter.

Komen, according to Handel, couldn't make up its corporate mind. They wanted to dump Planned Parenthood for a number of reasons including dissatisfaction with their work and also because they were under enormous pressure from the prolife/antiabortion forces. This is a point at which I have problems with Handel. If PP was a bully, so was the Roman Catholic Church, the Baptist Church, et al. They were the other pincher putting pressure on Komen and Handel. Handel goes into the most detail about the Catholic church's backlash, beginning on p.83. Komen has worked with numerous Catholic organizations in the past, both in giving them grants and getting their help raising money. Then the Church, and like-minded organizations, cut all ties unless Komen cut ties with PP.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Margulies on April 25, 2013
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This book reminds me of the scene in Blazing Saddles where the man puts a gun to his own head and threatens to shoot.
If the objective of this book is to bash Planned Parenthood the author pulled the trigger. Planned Parenthood comes across as politically savvy with a strong message and one voice. The Komen organization is portrayed as amazingly out of touch, prone to hiring numerous expensive political PR firms, disorganized and unable to come up with a coherent message. Komen's founder is portrayed as out of touch and not really in control. The author is clearly out of her league and should have stayed in local politics. No matter which side of the debate you are on as to whether Komen should have been founding Planned Parenthood their strategy, decision making and inability to deal with the issue effectively make me question how well the organization will function in the future. To those breast cancer patients hoping for progress or a cure that is a real shame.
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Politics is a messy business, and no one who ever engages in it escapes unscathed. Unfortunately, politics is increasingly becoming an integral part of all sorts of organizations and activities, many of which would at least on the surface seem non-political or non-controversial. This, it seems, has happened to one of the best-recognized and universally respected non-profit health awareness organizations in the world: Susan B. Komen. Komen fell victim to the ugly politics of the culture wars, and to the shameless bullying on the part of Planned Parenthood. Like most other non-profit organization Komen has been trying to make its granting process more streamlined and results driven, which invariably meant that many organizations - such as Planned Parenthood - would become ineligible for the continuing financial support. This created a huge backlash from the left-wing organizations and politicians, the consequences of which are still being felt to this day. At the center of this controversy was Karen Handle, former secretary of state of Georgia and Komen's senior VP for public affairs. As one of the most prominent conservative and Republican members of Komen's staff, she was made into the scapegoat and had felt compelled to resign her position. "Planned Bullyhood" is Karen's attempt to set the record straight and clear up her reputation.

The opening chapter of the book is a brief biographical sketch of Karen's life up to her hiring by Komen. It is a very interesting life story, filled with many personal and professional triumphs, as well as bitter disappointments. It is told straightforwardly without much embellishment. Even though she seems to have been a significant figure in Georgian politics for years, Karen is less known to the wider national audience.
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31 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Todd Bartholomew TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2012
It's often said "There are no second acts in American Politics" and aside from the Lazarus-like rebirth of Richard Nixon that's largely true. With "Planned Bullyhood" Karen Handel is attempting a sort of personal and political redemption and revival but in the process she is also driving nails in her coffin. As a Georgian I'm well familiar with Ms. Handel's political curriculum vitae, a former Fulton County commissioner and past Secretary of State. Her quick rise was staggering and her equally fast flameout equally predictable. Handel has no qualms about speaking her mind, which she does in abundance here in "Planned Bullyhood". The problem is Handel is an odd mix of direct honesty, naïveté, and a very fundamental and undiplomatic grasp of how politics works. All are on display here and it is a fascinating snapshot of a politician who rose quickly despite a lack of political guile; a rarity in politics today. Certainly she was the odd man (woman) out in Georgia politics as she bristled at the old-boy political system at work in the Georgia Assembly and which infuses politics at the state level. She rather naively thought she could transcend it and change it, yet when she attempted to rally troops and lead the charge she looked back and found few supporters. The net result was she was marginalized by the old-boy network. Sad indeed, yet what did she expect would happen? Entrenched political interests don't give up so easily. "Planned Bullyhood" fairly drips with recollections like this and it is somewhat astonishing that Handel genuinely believes that by force of will and her convictions she can demand change and reform. Handel recounts her nearly successful 2010 campaign for governor that won the endorsement of Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Jan Brewer.Read more ›
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