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The ex–Democratic National Committee chair and political super– fund-raiser lives up to his nickname Mad Dog in this boisterous memoir. McAuliffe is rabidly aggressive toward Republicans (whom he describes as "willing to lie and cheat any way they could"), savaging them on talk shows and facing them down in bristling social encounters. He relentlessly pursues donors, happy to wrestle alligators and sing karaoke for checks ("for $500,000 I didn't mind humiliating myself"). He golfs, dances and plays cards with his political masters Hillary and Bill Clinton ("the Babe Ruth of American presidents"), forever preening over the role his advice and prodigious fund-raising played in their success. But on the exchange of money for access implicit in his activities, he is blustery but evasive. McAuliffe has incisive comments on the Democrats' shortcomings, especially their faintheartedness in fighting Republicans. Though he champions the Democrats as the party of the little guy—contrasting their jeans-and-barbecue shindigs with "swank, hoity-toity" GOP fund-raising events —that stance is undercut by all the name-dropping ("Ben Affleck joined Robin, Marsha, Dorothy and me for a quick tour of the skeet range") and elbow rubbing with grungily dressed billionaires. McAuliffe's inflated self-regard may give more ammunition to Republican opponents than his partisan vitriol does to Democratic allies. Photos. (Feb. 1)
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McAuliffe, who has been involved with Democratic campaigns for the past 25 years as fund-raiser, advisor, and chairman of the Democratic National Committee during President Bush's first term, offers an energetic, behind-the-scenes look at politics. He began his career as a fund-raiser with the Carter campaign in 1980 when he became famous for wrestling an alligator. McAuliffe has gone on to raise more than $1 billion for Democrats. As an entrepreneur and millionaire, McAuliffe might be assumed to have more in common with the Republicans. But he traces his bona fides back to his childhood and his family's long-standing interest in Democratic politics. Despite his love for Democrats, he lambastes his party for failing to fight harder when the 2000 presidential election popular vote--and arguably the electoral votes as well--favored Al Gore; the Kerry campaign's reluctance to challenge Bush's qualifications as commander in chief when he allegedly had not completed his National Guard duty obligations; and a host of other sins. McAuliffe's exuberance and insider status combine to make this a fascinating look at political campaigns. Vanessa Bush
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I'm a fan of Terry's and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I like firsthand accounts of the goings on in politics. I guess you could say I'm a political junkie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Taryn Hammond
One of the best books on recent inside political history I have read and I have read quite a few. He did an excellent job of keeping the reader moving with him through the story... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Larry L. Anderson
We're no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from any other guy
I... Read more
This book does a disservice to Terry McAuliffe. I'm sad to say that it is the worst political memoir ever. Read morePublished on November 16, 2010 by Emily
unless you are interested in who this guy had dinner with or played golf with. I'm a liberal Democrat and I like political memoirs. Read morePublished on February 4, 2010 by A reader
If you are a democrat, or a self-loathing republican, this is a beyond a must-read. If you take nothing else from this book, remember one thing... Read morePublished on December 22, 2008 by Amazon Customer
First, this book is a lot of fun to read. McAuliffe's stories are great; he's a life-of-the-party type and it comes out in his writing and his recounting of many incidents. Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by kc
In his book, Terry McAuliffe himself, as DNC chairman, writes about enforcing the very rules he now thinks should be broken. Read morePublished on April 25, 2008 by nom de guerre