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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (December 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143034979
  • ASIN: B000BSFQSM
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,169,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hughes, who surprised the political world by leaving her post as counselor to President Bush in July 2002, to pursue a more normal family life in Texas, here offers a relentlessly upbeat account of life as Bush’s chief communications strategist. Hughes begins by detailing her upbringing as an army brat, her career as a TV reporter in Texas and her entry into politics as a press officer for the 1984 Reagan presidential campaign. The heart of the story is her relationship with Bush ("my boss"), whom she has served since his 1994 campaign for governor of Texas. Hughes praises Bush’s "laser-like" mind, humble spirit and moral courage; she also praises almost everyone else in the administration, including political strategist Karl Rove, with whom she was reported to have frequently sparred. And not surprisingly for a famously disciplined, on-message spokesperson, she directs her most pointed barbs at those who leak information to the press. While Hughes doesn’t offer a balanced take on Bush and company, then, she does offer something equally tantalizing—a deep insider’s take on what it is like to work at the side of the most powerful man in the world. She also provides Bush fans with a well-crafted, robust paean to the president. And both these reasons are why this book has found a place on major national bestseller lists.
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About the Author

Karen Hughes served as counselor to the president, was one of three people who ran his presidential campaign and worked as his communications director during his six years as governor of Texas. She is an elder and longtime Sunday-school teacher in the Presbyterian church. Mrs. Hughes lives with her husband and son in Austin, Texas, where she continues to advise President Bush from her home. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Customer Reviews

Unfortunately, I can't get back the time I spent reading this claptrap of a book.
Kyle Morgan
Reading the book and then hearing her mud slinging shows the hypocritical nature of this book and the Bush employee that she is.
Lincoln Kennedy
This book presents a postive view of the president and the White House policies and processes.
Robert C. Senders

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43 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Senders on April 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Karen Hughes is an advisor and personal friend of the President. This book presents a postive view of the president and the White House policies and processes. Duh.
But that is not primarily what this book is about. This book is presents a relatively "normal" professional working mom who finds herself in an important role in the innermost circles of the Presidential Power. She describes what that experience is like, and most importantly the conflict between that appeal to the intensity and importance of that power and her role as a mother and spouse.
The book provides some limited insight (almost certainly the negative filtered away) of decision processes of the President, gives some insights into how Political PR (should) work, and confirmation that a number of the President's close advisor's draw heavily upon their Christian faith.
The book gives some insights into the current President. He is has tremendous discipline, he apparently is always on time or early...for those of you who interact with executives who run businesses and/or organizations know how rare this is--as the imporance of issues that CEO's deal with often mean subordinates learn to wait. He is either "simple-minded" lacking in-depth understanding or cuts immediately to the core of the issue, depending on your view. He does tend to see decisions as right and wrong (it's not just Karl Rove pandering to the hard-core right).
But again, those insights are sidebars to main theme of the book--a mom wrestlhing with the consuming requirements of very intense work environment versus desire to invest in one's family.
The book is am enjoyable read and a thought provoking book for those of us with consuming worklife and a family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. G. Fortosis on December 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I think somewhere back in the misty recesses of history there have been a few times when Republicans and Democrats somehow laid aside their nasty animosities and worked together for some valuable compromises. I think on some very rare occasions, Reps and Dems have worked together because they knew they had to. I even think there have been a few cases in which there was deep, abiding respect between particular members of opposing parties. I'm tempted to think maybe that sentiment has died for good when I read many of these reviews. Could they be more rude and mean-spirited? Maybe, but not a whole lot. Kids, Bush was wrong on some issues and right on others, just like the rest of us human creatures...just like every Democrat who has ever served. Ease up a little.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oregon on October 17, 2007
Format: Audio Cassette
I really enjoyed this book. It gives a good insight into a busy life of a politician..

BEAWERE, Karen Hughes is a friend and a supporter of President Bush, so if you lack respect for the president you won't rate this book very high!
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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Whoa. Karen Hughes has her own meaning of Normal and she comes off as a happy, well-adjusted woman. Good for her. I liked her honesty in telling her story and feel the writing isn't bad. It's not good--but it's not bad. One expects more from such a self-proclaimed successful former journalist and contributing speech writer for a god.
In terms of a good read? Don't waste your time. This book has a single dimension: Unfailing praise for "her boss," George W. Bush. She's like a groupie--or like Courtney Cox when she got pulled on stage during a Bruce Springsteen concert--thrust into the limelight and wondering how it all happened to her.
It is among the most boring and self-aggrandizing memoirs I've ever read. Glad I only borrowed it from a friend. My apologies to the author. I wanted to like it.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By alexander laurence on April 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
More evidence of the disaster of the GW Bush presidency. Karen Hughes is not a really good writer and not really very forthcoming. She is a good shill for dead politcal slogans. More evidence that Texas is an evil place, Texas is more of a threat to America than Bin Laden. GW Bush has failed in every aspect of business and diplomacy. You wouldn't know this from reading Hughes' hagiography. I will never voted again for someone from the south or who has a southern accent. They all seem fake. They all seem like con men. I start thinking who is getting ripped off.
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paula J. Musto on June 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It's really a shame that Ms. Hughes did not offer more insight into "her boss" and the inner workings of her political world. Instead, the book is primarily p.r. spin. While that was her job when working for Bush...one would think she would take a more in depth look once she left the White House. But, she could not get past her P.R. role...here is one p.r. person who really did believe her own press releases. A sad disappointment.
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By A Customer on April 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a female conservative, I feel that I should support other strong female conservatives in the public eye. But I have one thing to say to Karen Hughes:
SHAME ON YOU.
Not only is this book a poorly-disguised toadying hymn to a president that I'm not sure that even I will support again, it obfuscates any solid facts with meaningless rhetoric. It is also some of the worst writing I have ever read.
Not to mention the fact that no matter where you stand on the abortion issue, to equate pro-rights activists with terrorists is perhaps the dirtiest trick that this increasingly dubious administration has pulled to date. I personally do not believe in abortion: but after this book and Ms. Hughes recent quotes, I no longer believe in Bush.
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