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ABOUT CARLY FIORINA

“Carly is a courageous and thoughtful leader with a track record of delivering the kind of transformational change—within bureaucracies and within industries—that our politics and policy makers need. Her unique background makes her a compelling voice within the conservative movement.”
NEWT GINGRICH, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

“One of Carly’s greatest strengths is that she has never served in elected office. Her frame of reference was shaped by the real world, not politics.”
TOM COBURN, former U.S. senator (R-Oklahoma)

“[Carly’s] commonsense approach and sharp business skills make her exactly the kind of leader we need.”
SENATOR JAMES M. INHOFE (R-Oklahoma)

“Carly embraces and advances the rights of women and unborn children, following in the footsteps of the earliest women in politics. Susan B. Anthony and the early feminists understood, as Carly Fiorina does, that undermining the rights of one never advances the rights of another.”
MARJORIE DANNENFELSER, president, Susan B. Anthony List

About the Author

CARLY FIORINA is the chairman of two major charitable organizations, Opportunity International and Good360. She is also the chairman of the American Conservative Union Federation and of the Unlocking Potential Project. From 1999 to 2005 she was the chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, becoming the first woman CEO of a Fortune 20 company, and before that she spent nearly twenty years as a telecommunications executive. Her memoir, Tough Choices, was a New York Times bestseller. She and her husband, Frank, live in Virginia, close to their daughter and granddaughters.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel (May 5, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591848032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591848035
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was an engaging, interesting, thought-provoking and inspiring book. It was also an easy read that I couldn't put down and I'm usually NOT a non-fiction reader. If anybody is interested in the rise of a woman from Secretary to CEO, how she achieved that success and valuable insight for professional women I highly recommend this book. Of course, now that Ms. Florida is a candidate for the highest political office in the world it provides deep insight into her ideology and a framework for her plan to unlock human potential that has been lost in America. I was inspired by the amount of charity work she funds and leads for women around the world and her insight, again, in unlocking human potential globally. As a business woman and manager in corporate America I was fascinated with her style and took a lot of notes on leadership.

Great book! Highly recommend it.
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"rising to the challenge" is a very amazing book and it offers hope to anyone who reads it. I was very inspired by carly fiorinas life she has faced tough odds in her life losing a daughter and facing breast cancer and yet she is not bitter she offers hope in this book and shares her incridable journey of faith that helped her get through these hard situations in her life. she also shares her leadership and vast managment skills that she has been so successful with over the years and shows how she can offer something special as president for the voters. great gift idea for a friend or family member also recamended tough choices by carly fiorina and 13 hours in benghazi
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I was hesitant at first prior to reading this book. As a somewhat macho guy I will admit I was thinking , chick flick in American Business. I will tell you as an upper level business manager that I would be very proud to have ever worked for her. She is inspiring to the point where with the amount of adversity she has gone through, knowing what I know now, I would run through a brick wall to complete any project she would send my way if I were her subordinate.

Unlike the above poster, I am into politics moderately. I like her vigor and what she has displayed in business needs to be duplicated in politics.

Highly recommend males read this.
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Although I don't vote, I picked up this campaign book because of the meaner than usual journalism attending her announcement. Glad I did. Provides some balance. And, although I would have like more about her ATT&T years, tells an interesting and inspiring personal story of overcoming adversity. She, like so many of the members of the great new wave of thinking women in politics, has a good story to tell about making the most of one's potential. Whether or not she goes very far, she is doing the country a service by focusing on the barriers to entry faced by potential small businesses. She also makes all the right noises about crony capitalism. A worthwhile read.
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I wish that Carly Fiorina could get some more traction in her run for President. This book is an amazing statement of who she is, why she is running for office, what her qualifications are, and why she is running. I find her compelling and very much in line with my thinking and beliefs.

I am becoming persuaded by her because I find her incredibly compelling. She is a conscience Conservative who is good on social issues, on the importance of small and medium businesses to the American Economy, the rot big government bureaucracies impose on people, places, and futures, and she has a broader experience in dealing with the Federal Government as an advisor and consultant than you might expect.

Her goals for the country are to “unlock the potential of every American. Revitalize Main Street and the middle class. Rebuild and retrain America. Reform Government. (And) Restore American Leadership. “ (page 171). Yes, this is a general vision and could be stated by any number of folks. I find her compelling because she knows how to tell the story from her mind and heart. Her Conservatism sounds like her native language not like she is speaking a foreign tongue as some of our more “moderate” candidates do when they use Conservative phrases they have focused group to death.

She begins the book with the heart wrenching story of the loss of her (step) daughter, Lori, to drugs. She notes how the tragedy of a life so promising was derailed by addiction and a far too early death. Fiorina says she thinks of Lori and sees “an ocean of untapped potential”. And it breaks her heart when she sees that same loss of human potential in so many places throughout our society. She sees the Vision of America is that we each have the right (and duty) to fulfill our potential.
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Well, CF is now an official politician and when you read politician books, you need to filter out that some of the book reviews will be tainted by bias in either direction. I read both of her two books back to back. These two books are primarily books about business and leadership. If you get bored with that, stay away. But I don't and I found it quite engaging. The first book goes more into her personal history up through the HP period. The second gives you what happened later and a little more of what's in her heart. Still, both books left me wanting to know more about this person who is now in the limelight. I do wish she had opened up a little more, but maybe that's for book three. All in all, I enjoyed both books and learned a lot about leadership. CF will forever be tainted by the experience of being fired (by one vote, a vote she could have cast against it) by a dysfunctional board of a company stuck in the 80s (still) that has continued to churn through several CEOs. Frankly, that's an asset for her and not a liability.
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