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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics Hardcover – March 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0195383737 ISBN-10: 0195383737

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"Anybody who really wants to understand who Pelosi is, how she attained this key post and parlayed it into extraordinary power and influence, and how she manages to operate so successfully in a boiling caldron of partisan and ideological division will come away much better informed after reading this book."--Norm Ornstein, Washington Post Book World

"Peters and Rosenthal's highly readable and entertaining book is appropriate for all audiences from general readers to congressional scholars and will be a welcome addition in undergraduate Congress courses. Summing Up: Recommended."--CHOICE

"Peters and Rosenthal provide a more comprehensive analysis of the career of Nancy Pelosi than has ever been available during a speaker's term in office. Not only does the reader learn about Pelosi's political rise, but the authors also thoroughly examine her performance in her three years as Speaker, carefully employing data to test conventional impressions. This book should be in the library of every serious student of contemporary American politics."--Bruce Oppenheimer, Professor of Public Policy and Education, Vanderbilt University

"In this insightful account of Nancy Pelosi's career, two of America's leading congressional scholars explain her remarkable rise to power to become the first woman in American history to lead the U.S. House of Representatives and how she leads the House today. The book is a major contribution to the literature on congressional leadership and is likely to be the standard for all works on Speaker Pelosi going forward. I recommend this book for anyone interested in the contemporary workings of the House of Representatives."--James A. Thurber, Distinguished University Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University

"By examining how Pelosi uses her power, designs legislative process, and provides representative leadership for her district, state, and party, the authors present a thoughtful, scholarly, and well-documented analysis of her rise to power. Recommended."--Library Journal

"Scholarly. ... The authors' expertise offers credibility to the notion that Pelosi is among the most powerful speakers ever."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Must-read. ... A lot has been written about Pelosi, yet Peters and Rosenthal compile an especially useful piece of the jigsaw puzzle that political books are busy creating. ... The book deconstructs Pelosi's fundraising tactics in explicitly direct terms and aims to paint a picture of what American politics will look like in the next few years. ... [T]he authors do a stellar job of explaining how Pelosi's advancement and subsequent dominance mark the genesis of the 'new American politics.'"--Roll Call

"This is a book that is intellectually rigorous, that would withstand scholarly examination, but that is also a captivating read for just about anyone who wonders how a political career is made and what goes on behind the scenes on Capitol Hill."--Wright on Health Blog

"[I]t is the authors careful marshaling of the facts that makes the case for Nancy Pelosi's political significance so strong, to the likely surprise of some readers."--Beyond Chron

"This book is an excellent appraisal of Pelosi as Speaker functioning in a take-no-prisoners political world. It will appeal to political scientists and informed readers of contemporary affairs."--ForeWord Reviews

"Peters and Rosenthal are correct: The woman and the moment have met."--The Hill

About the Author

Ronald M. Peters, Jr. is Regents' Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of The American Speakership: The Office in Historical Perspective.

Cindy Simon Rosenthal is Carlisle Mabrey and Lurline Mabrey Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director and Curator of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. The author of When Women Lead, she currently serves as the mayor of Norman, Oklahoma.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195383737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195383737
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,567,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Lady on May 13, 2011
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This book would be great in a classroom and reminds me of my college and high school textbooks which place historic events and people into context but really don't get into the real politik or behind the scenes manuevering to reveal penetrating truths about the figures or events in question. This book, which is decidedly quite "PC," incorporates sociological and political trends and essentially -- in a very clear, straight forward, academic way -- appears to have been written for the academic community, almost as if the authors' superiors were breathing down their necks to "publish or perish" and they came up with this book to be relevant.

This book was written by college professors and published by Oxford University Press. Essentially what you are getting is a text book, sanitized treatment of Nancy Pelosi. It's certainly a solid effort -- which earns the book three stars. However, it doesn't really tell us anything new -- and rather offers the mainstream spin or conventional wisdom without delving too deeply beyond that, as one would expect of a college research paper or PhD dissertation. I hope this book is widely read in college classes which are introducing students to politics and Pelosi for the first time.

I am finding this to be a very slow, tedious read that really doesn't cover new ground. Telling us what we already know about Pelosi but placing her rise within the context of the feminist movement and other political trends, for example, is interesting, but perhaps not illuminating in the way the professors might expect for those of us already quite conversant on such issues. The insights you will find in this book are similar to those one could expect from a college research journal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Green on February 20, 2011
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Several books about Nancy Pelosi were rushed to print as soon as she became Speaker of the House in 2007; most are poorly written and thinly-researched. This book, by contrast, provides careful, in-depth analysis of Pelosi's speakership and the nature of the House she led from 2007 through 2010. It's a must-read for anyone interested in both her leadership and congressional politics in the early 21st century. The book is academic, but readers less inclined towards academic research will still find the book approachable and compelling.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By banana chocolate chip on April 8, 2010
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Although this account focuses on Pelosi's rise and her first 3 years in office, the analysis seems right on considering the drama of the health care debate. The authors explore Pelosi's strategy in office, which is illuminating for both the period covered and the debates occurring currently.

It is an academic account, but also readable and engaging!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Schmerguls VINE VOICE on May 12, 2010
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This book by two Universtiy of Oklahoma political science professors is an ably written and careful examination of Nancy Peloi's career, concentrating on her time as Speaker and going up to the time the House passed the health reform bill. They demonstarate quite clearly her strengths as Speaker, while not overlooking her few missteps. Anyone interested in an objective view of her career will want to read this book
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon Karnes on November 17, 2011
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100% Garbage. Period! Would not recommend to anyone at all. Complete liberal trash! A good way to ruin a great country. Can I say anymore!
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