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"Kate McGuinness knows all too well the corporate world of go-along-to-get-ahead that so many women face today. In Terminal Ambition, she's crafted a firm as believable... and as slimy... as any created by Turow or Grisham. Read it!" Melanie Rigney, former editor at Writer's Digest magazine

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Praise for TERMINAL AMBITION:
 
"Author Kate McGuinness does a terrific job highlighting the challenges that are all too familiar to women in the working world. An intriguing portrayal of discrimination and harassment, Terminal Ambition is a must read." Susan Estrich Fox News Commentator 

 
"A terrific, smart, honest book. Kate McGuinness knows how to write a suspenseful page-turner." Will Meyerhofer, JD MSW, Author: Way Worse Than Being a Dentist
 
"From its dramatic opening ona mountain top to intriguing scenes inside the walls of a powerful law firm, this page-turner offers readers a wild ride they won't soon forget." Steven J. Harper, Author: The Partnership
 
"Every working woman should read this book! Author Kate McGuinness both entertains and educates, inspires and motivates women and men who work with them to claim the rights that are theirs by law and more. Brilliant, passionate, Terminal Ambition could revolutionize how you think about going to work and what you can do there." Kathleen Barry, Professor Emerita Pennsylvania State University Author: Female Sexual Slavery
 
 "A gritty legal thriller. . . that pivots on the theme of sexual harassment. This page-turner book not only illuminates one of the most persistent and important gender-justice problems of the day but it also raises thorny moral questions that challenge every woman or man who seeks success in the top professions of our society. A must read for lawyers and nonlawyers alike." Roy L. Brooks,  Professor of Law University of San Diego 
 
"The issues addressed in McGuinness' intriguing first novel Terminal Ambition - from acquaintance rape to sexual harassment - are ones that will be all too familiar to her readers. Heroine Maggie Mahoney's courage in challenging the status quo will inspire young women to speak up and take action in their own lives." Abigail Collazo, Editor Fem2pt0
 
"In Maggie Mahoney, McGuinness has created a vivid and engaging protagonist, who possesses grit, integrity and a burning desire for justice. Surely admirable qualities for a lawyer---but they may yet bring about her destruction." Claire McNab, Former President Sisters in Crime

 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Two XX Press (March 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984990178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984990177
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,999,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was 1963 when I started working in the Personnel Office. A year later, I became secretary to the Director who was charged with the responsibility of updating, disseminating, and implementing the new employment laws that came into existence in 1964. It had been a very long time since I had read anything about filing with the EEOC, sexual harassment and sexual discrimination...

Yet, here I was reading Terminal Ambition by Kate McGuiness, written as if this was all new "stuff..."

It had started to change around 1985; this author essentially was telling me that the United States was back where it was in the early 1960s. My heart sunk... but I wasn't the least surprised... Because by the time I left work there, I had planned to file my own legal suit...

Maggie Mahoney had worked hard--the extra hours and extra research that had finally won her a partnership. She deserved it and knew it, nor did she think much about the other women in the firm--she had her own career goals and had gotten where she was because she had worked her head off to get there. I commend Kate McGuiness for developing her character this way, because when she began to have a change of heart, it was easy to see she realized how much she had been blind to, or just overlooked because of her own time and career pressures.

She had always known that everybody felt she had made partner by sleeping with one of the partners. But she had loved him and ignored such gossip. But then he was killed in an accident and she soon realized a change when she went back to work--a change in the way she was treated.

At the same time, word was going around every place that a large law firm was going to be investigated by the EEOC...

So in response, an internal self-review was to start.
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Some books give you a sense of a world that may be foreign to you. Books like Terminal Ambition drag you into such a world and give you the full-immersion experience.

From the first page I was into it and simply didn't want to put it down. And the best part: it wasn't just an entertaining read, it gave me real insights into an issue that, being a man, I would not be able to experience firsthand. This was darn near as good -- or maybe I should say as bad -- as being there.

A really impressive debut and one can only hope the first of many more books to come.
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I picked up this book this weekend and read it quickly, because I enjoyed it so much! I really liked getting to know Maggie Mahoney and I look forward to other books with her as the lead character.

The subject of this book (the sexual harassment and discrimination that, unfortunately, still does exist in the legal profession) is one that needs to be talked about by attorneys and non-attorneys. Kate McGuiness uses her ability to tell a compelling story to create a dialogue around how women are at times treated in the legal profession.

I recommend this book as a fun read, but one that also makes you think and consider the themes underlying the story line.
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I highly recommend this book. It's a riveting read on all fronts. Terminal Ambition has an opening chapter you'll never forget. The writing is as high-quality as any you'll find. The author drops you into the lightning-speed, competitive atmosphere of the highest levels of a major law firm. It feels like you're there: The dialogue, descriptions of the clothing, homes, and offices--everything about book's characters and their lifestyles is spot on. Which you would expect, given that the author was a partner in a major law firm. She knows her stuff.

This book would satisfy if it were only a legal thriller, but it's more than that. Its subject is sexual discrimination and harassment in a huge legal institution. This is a topic that maters to all of us, not just women. I have not experienced the criminal harassment that some of the women in this book do. I do know women who have; it's something that spreads across the industries of our nation. From what one of my friends told me, when she finally got the courage up to complain to the highest levels of her company, her bosses did--exactly nothing. I would say that their lack of action damaged their personal integrity. And the perpetrator faced no consequences at all. What did untrammeled freedom to abuse do for his character? The issues raised in this book are important for our society--and our souls.

There's more. Author Kate McGuinness includes the first chapter of the sequel to Terminal Ambition. Wow! It looks like book #2 in the series will be as thrilling and suspenseful as book #1. I hope she writes fast!
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I read -- any time I can - all the time I can possibly make it work -- anything and everything I can get my hands on. It is as much a passion with me as television is for others. My thinking has been that I can always put a book down at any time and do what needs to be done (cooking, cleaning, working, exercising, etc.) and then go back to my book (unlike television that leaves you in the lurch.)

This book, however, does NOT afford you that option; once you start reading it, you CANNOT put it down. I started reading it before a scheduled out-of-town trip; packed my suitcase with my left hand - book in my right! Read the entire 3.5 hour drive, instead of talking to my husband (not a good plan!); and again on the drive home. When my husband requested that I drive a while and let him rest, I 'barked' at him, "hey, I'm busy reading here, I can't drive!"

Buy it - read it - you'll love it; but -- give you tip -- don't plan on getting a whole heck of a lot done until you finish! It is definitely a keeper -- I will read it again -- no doubt -- and I'm sharing with friends! You will too!
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