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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312534833
  • ASIN: B004TE8GE0
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,134,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This doctor is a bit of a celebrity herself: the first military woman in U.S. history to be appointed White House doctor, the first female director of the White House medical unit, and the first Filipino-American to become a navy rear admiral. And though Mariano humbly bows to the bigger-than-life presidents—George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton—she cared for during eight years in Washington, it's her journey that's so remarkable. Having begun life in 1955 as the daughter of a U.S. Navy steward in the Philippines, she was appointed a White House physician by the navy in 1992, and her mettle was thoroughly tested during medical emergencies—and political storms. Whether helping to treat Bush's skin cancer or dispensing a Band-Aid on the golf course, accompanying the president on overseas trips or performing a Heimlich maneuver on a choking guest at a holiday gala, Mariano always kept her cool and her sense of humor, which she retains in this unusual inside look at the White House. 8 pages of color photos. (June 22)
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About the Author

In 1992, DR. CONNIE MARIANO became the first military woman in American history to be appointed White House doctor. The founder of the Center for Executive Medicine, a medical concierge practice providing presidential-quality medical care to CEOs and their families, she now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Customer Reviews

Dr. Connie's book is a very interesting and good book to read.
L. Meredith Harris
While I'm sure she did many good things and worked very hard at what she did, I tend to doubt that things and people were as bad as she depicts them.
Washingtonian
This book is a great American story about Dr. Mariano's voyage from a Navy officer to the White House doctor.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on July 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
While I normally read Sci-Fi or other fiction, I do occasionally enjoy a biography or other non-fiction work. This book was an easy read for me for several reasons. I live in the Washington suburbs and like a lot of people here tend to follow politics closely. I also know Connie and her first husband and was quite close to them long before she became the White House Doctor. They had moved away after Connie's graduation from Med School here as they were from California originally. When the moved back to the area, I think we got together once. At the time, I knew they were busy, but now I see just how busy they were and why.

I also always enjoy a true success story and that is what this is, an amazing success story. I feel obligated to comment on another review that was submitted. I would have bet money on what I thought Connie's political leanings were back when I knew her and obviously would probably have been wrong. But I think the book is pretty clear that she did not let that influence her job. I know that she was very close to the elder Bushes as well as the Clintons, but it was under the Clintons that her role expanded, so I don't find it strange that she would have strong feelings regarding the Clintons. Plus, she was with the Clintons for two full terms, and only part of one term with George H. W. Bush.

I thought the tales of her youth and the culture she came from were fascinating and had never heard any of that part of the story. For anyone who enjoys reading about success and sacrifice and perhaps some backroom drama in the highest office of the land, the book is definitely worth reading. There is no political agenda in the book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NORMALLY on June 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have read the book. Gives a wonderful view into life in the White House. Very humorous in spots. Easy reading with lots of pictures.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anuj Goswami on June 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an gripping and awesome story of behind the scenes workings of a white house doctor with three different presidents. Just fabulous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JRay VINE VOICE on August 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
You can say what you want about politics, be demoncrat or republician, but I believe just about everyone could enjoy this book. I am always interested in medical memoirs since I am a provider in the health care system. Connie does a great job describing her patient Presidents. I loved all the personal stories that she told about the different Presidents. When I hear stories about Presidents they usually dont show the human side of them, but this book does alot to make our past Presidents seem very human. I loved reading her personal story and struggle to make it in such a difficult profession. I also loved learning about how our government works behind the curtain. I never knew that a medical doctor was always with the President. There was so much that I found interesting. I heard her on NPR and did find her alot more enduring on the radio than her book, but I still found her book to be a excellant read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Library Lady on August 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In reading the White House Doctor, it's interesting to read the daily issues that she had to deal with / one that the average person doesn't realize. The book was slanted towards Clinton and his life. That's OK, but wonder if she did forgive Clinton for his lies and mistrust. It was a glamorous life, but look what she gave up for her position and status - her marriage and in many cases the important times with her boys. It seemed like obtaining a status for her heritage and professional life was above personal life.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Scott on June 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was a great read! It provides a glimpse into the White House and chronicles many trips overseas with 3 presidents. Not only does it show the life of a successful doctor, but it describes the effect it has on loved ones. Truly provides a perspective on the White House unlike any others I have seen. Seems like some other reviewers tend to be focusing on the glamour of working with the president. On the contrary, Dr. Mariano regards the job as a duty, not as a vacation. She is such a great role model for our society to read about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue Ellen Allen on October 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Let's see, a young girl from the Philippines, daughter of a Navy steward, with many, many strikes against her, grows up to be The Doctor in the White House AND an Admiral, and some people think her book is lacking in humility. On the contrary, she is an example that the impossible IS possible, even in a man's world. This unique memoir gives us an unusual look inside the White House that we would otherwise not have. When I met her at a woman's conference where we were both on the program, I found her to be charming, self-deprecating, and very honest about the cost of success for her and other women who seek that level of responsibility and authority. She could have glossed over it and, in seeming to make it perfect, left a lot of young women with the wrong idea. She didn't succeed in business or academia, she succeeded in the Navy and the world of medicine, both very male dominated worlds. Now, despite her successful and busy medical practice, she speaks to women's groups to impact lives because she cares. I'm sorry her critics didn't get that message. Her book is inspirational, as is she.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prof on October 3, 2013
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A little humility is needed here. She is full of "I am so great and everyone loves me" rhetoric. I wanted a flavor of the history she found herself immersed in.
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