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Ten Minutes from Normal Paperback – Bargain Price, December 28, 2004
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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.Read more ›
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!
He's very compassionate ("If my dog Barney was a real person, I'd give him a helluva big tax cut!") He's intellectually curious ("Do you know where they put my coloring book?") He's unfailingly polite ("Would you please ask the Vice President if I could run the country for a little while?")
"Ten Minutes From Normal" is also chock full of insider name dropping ("As Condi Rice said to me. . ." or "As I once told Pervez Musharef. . ." or "As Konrad Adenauer once whispered in my ear . . ."). Oddly, many of the names would almost certainly be mysterious to the current resident of the Oval Office.
Karen Hughes' stark candor about the object of her affection begs the question: Where is the righteous indignation from White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan about opportunistic White House insiders who write books about their former boss?
The author, who constantly reminds us of what a devoted mother she is, sets the worst possible example for her children by fabricating lies for a living. Karen Hughes is such a talented weaver of contemporary myth that she makes Edith Hamilton look like a slacker.
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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What a refreshing book! I love that Karen has shown us the importance if integrity and honorable work. The world would be a better place if we all practiced what Karen has taughtPublished 9 months ago by Linda Huddleston
Had this on the shelf for a while. I knew about Karen, but wow, what an amazing lady. Robert should be bursting with pride that she is his Mother.Published 11 months ago by Gregory C. Karn
Loved learning about the campaign process through Karen's perspective. Informative, entertaining, thought provoking. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Vickie A. Kloth
Karen is an Incredable American and a provided great service to her country during a difficult time. A great readPublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this book not because of any political leanings, but I liked it because it was a story of a strong woman that had to make difficult decisions and learned to put her faith... Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Wendi Rehn
Had I known there were going to be so many, I would have started counting them at the beginning of the book.Published on August 23, 2013 by Sally Collins
Atlanta, Georgia- Karen Hughes who served under President George W. Bush in the White House heard the words we are "ten minutes form normal" on a trip. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Dr. Wilson Trivino
I would recommend this book to anyone that is concerned with a work/life balance. Karen Hughes was at that pinnacle of here career working for the President of the United States... Read morePublished on June 4, 2010 by William H. Folk II