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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm) (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061093904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061093906
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,232,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jack Lechelt on August 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm no fan of Vice President Quayle's ideological perspective. Still, he sure did get a raw deal. What a few reviewers here failed to note, however, was that a lot of the raw deal came from within the Republican Party. Although the right-wingers love to whine about the media, a close reading of Quayle's book shows that his frustrations often came from dealing with James Baker and many other important people in the Republican Party and the Bush campaign organizations. There is no doubt that the media enjoyed reporting on Quayle's difficulties, but the media ran with the background sources and leaks they were given from WITHIN the Bush White House. Ah, but to recognize that would take some serious self-criticism, and that simply is not allowed.

Otherwise, the book is enjoyable. It was an interesting look inside the Bush Administration and the only first person account of the modern vice presidency. Well-written too.

PS: Anyone else notice how many of the Quayle book reviews have spelling errors? Makes you miss the days of potatoEs, eh?
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 1997
Format: Paperback
"Standing Firm" is an insider's viewpoint of Dan Quayle's four years in the White House, beyond the media bias and 30 second sound bites. Written in a very readable style, Quayle gives insights into White House politics and also presents his side of the many "Quaylism" stories.
Having been one of the ex-veep's students at Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, I can attest to Quayle's genuine concern for such issues as family values and education. His approachability and candor is very much reflected in his book.
The book is not without shortcomings. It does not really convey the intellect and quest for knowledge that the real Dan Quayle possesses. Unfortunately for him, this is something that one really doesn't notice until one meets him in person.
The book does convey the message that despite public mockery, media bias, political sabotage and image problems, Dan Quayle is a man with integrity and is committed to standing firm.
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Format: Hardcover
There was so much negative press about Dan Quayle (beginning with the 1988 presidential election) that I feel as if I didn't get to know the real man. Here in his own words is someone that had a life in Congress before he was selected by VP George Bush to be his running mate. I'm like this guy a whole lot more, and would have liked to see more of him. I had no idea how involved he was with NASA and the space program. A good memoir!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you read this book you will find yourself wondering if the news media had treated this man fairly what the future might have held.
Reading of Dan Quayle's values I regret that Bush lost in "92" and that Quayle did not follow him to Oval Office in "96".
Read this book and get to know a fine American.
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12 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 1997
Format: Paperback
No offence, but this is one of the most laughable "books" I have had the excruciating task of getting through, in quite some time.

The book, however, is not without lessons. Unfortunately, the lessons are so childish as to render them unworthy of mention.

We are lucky to have this handsome but dull and obsequious man step aside and allow the Information Age to occur in his absence.

"If you're going to stand firm. . .stand over there somewhere! There's work to be done here."

The cassette is even funnier! Here you can get a real sense of just how adolescent this former V.P. really was. Listen to how he describes his taking over in Bush's absence.

It will send chills down your spine to think that he was, even momentarily, at the helm.

What could Bush have been thinking?

Buy this book anyway! It will make you appreciate Gore all the more. After all. . . it's hard to know where you're going if you don't know where you've been.

And it's nice to be finally going somewhere!

Dave Beckwith (the other one)

Charlotte Internet Society
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iyke Ozemena on May 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
STANDING FIRM Dan Qualyle's five-part book tells a long story of a determined writer/politician weathering media storm while he was about to be nominated the 44th Vice-President of the USA. As you open the book you quickly be attracted to his inspiration from II Cor: 3:17 "Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty" which is probably why he stood firm during media smearing, false accusations and nudge to chicken out.
The drama revealed his affection in his family community and faith especially during his campaign in Huntington.
His accusation of inappropriate enlistment into National Guard and Law School which were all false.
A book that gives insight about numerous US politicians, left and right of the polity - Bill Clinton, John Mcain, Joe Bidden, Ronald Reagan, Jean Kirkpatrick, John Hein etc as well as frontline journalists.
You could feel how intellectually Dan Quayle was endowed. It is a book that can guide any politician or public servant what to expect of the media and how to stand firm if you have no skelton in the cupboard. Because he was defending himself he had no opportunity to say something else about his achievements.
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