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You've Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary, and the Shaping of the New American Woman Hardcover – October 13, 2009

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230618162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230618169
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for You've Come A Long Way, Maybe:
"You've Come a Long Way, Maybe is a fascinating exploration the roles of women in politics, in the media and in the electorate. In a call to action only Leslie Sanchez could make, she challenges us all - Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike - to truly consider the concept of equality."--Paul Begala, Former advisor to President Clinton and CNN Democratic Analyst
"Who better than Leslie Sanchez to put together a concise and compelling look at women and politics, how far they've come, how far they need to go.  A must-read if you care about women or politics or both"--Candy Crowley, CNN Senior Political Correspondent

"Leslie Sanchez strong defense of Sarah Palin during the election and her understanding of impact of conservative women in politics, makes this a must-read!" -- Sean Hannity, host of The Sean Hannity Show and author of Let Freedom Ring

"Leslie Sanchez shows women on the left and the right how to get their seat at the table for developing solutions to America’s most pressing problems."--Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

“Leslie Sanchez serves as the perfect guide through this significant moment for politics and for the American woman.”--Patti Solis Doyle, former Hilary Clinton campaign manager 
"Leslie Sanchez has her finger on the pulse of the diverse latino community.Regardless of your political position, you will find her perspectives thought provoking. She represents part of the broad spectrum of thought as well as the dynamic intellectual strength of Hispanics in America."--Jose Diaz-Balart Telemundo network anchor
“Leslie’s take on what the 2008 election meant for women, politics, and power is both practical and smart. Those on either side of the political divide would do well to take note.”—Rachel Sklar, former Media Editor, Huffington Post, and author of Jew-ish
“Sanchez makes many good points… and poses the ultimate question: What ranks might a future first female president come from? Where will the battles of the 1970s lead? And when will we know the answer? In Gloria Steinem's lifetime? Mine? Yours? Like the tide, the prospect of a female president keeps advancing, and receding.” -The Washington Post Book Review
“Leslie Sanchez argues the 2008 presidential election measured not only how far women have progressed in politics but also what challenges remain… and why women are so tough on one another.” –U.S. News & World Report

“Sanchez herself has experienced no shortage of professional success; but her careful analyses of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Obama remind readers that, while women have come a long way since the dawn of the modern feminist movement, women -seeking public office share a daunting task.” --The Weekly Standard
Praise for Los Republicanos:
"Los Republicanos provides an understanding of the Hispanic voter from the unique point of view of an insider who also provides a look into the future of American politics." --Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.)
“I hope every single political activist of a conservative nature picks up Los Republicanos and reads it and memorizes passages of it. I think it's that important!” --Michael Medved
“Sanchez makes many good points. She astutely notes that part of the ‘overall paradox’ of Clinton's candidacy is that the first woman ‘with a real shot at the Oval Office was not seen as representing a change’. . . And Sanchez poses the ultimate question: What ranks might a future first female president come from?” --Washington Post Book World

About the Author

Leslie Sanchez is a Republican strategist and former adviser to President George W. Bush, a frequent columnist and CNN political contributor, and founder and CEO of Impacto Group. Sanchez's analysis has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, as well as all the networks and on such shows as NBC's "Nightly News," the "Today" show and PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

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Leslie Sanchez is a Republican strategist, former adviser to President George W. Bush and a widely sought-after political analyst. She was part of CNN's award-winning 2008 election coverage. A columnist and commentator, Sanchez is founder and CEO of Impacto Group LLC, a communications and market research firm, which specializes in defining social and economic trends affecting women and the emerging U.S. Hispanic community. For her work, Hispanic Business magazine named her one of the nation's "100 Most Influential Hispanics."

A veteran of numerous local, state and national campaigns, Sanchez is known for her straightforward style and in-depth understanding of the political and cultural landscape inside--and outside--Washington, DC. In 1999 she served as deputy press secretary at the Republican National Committee where she was one of the principal architects of the Republicans' first-ever multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at Hispanic voters.

Sanchez was appointed executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. She also served as a legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla (TX-23)--where she worked on immigration and border security legislation as well as Appropriations for the Departments of Justice, State, Treasury and Transportation.

As a political analyst, Sanchez's analysis has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, as well as NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Univision, Telemundo and leading programs, including NBC's "Nightly News," the "Today" show and PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leeanna Chetsko VINE VOICE on February 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
You've Come A Long Way, Maybe, by Leslie Sanchez

I found this book quite interesting, as when I watched election coverage in 2008, I was struck by the unfairness of the media toward Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. I enjoyed Sanchez's conversational but informational style as she posed questions, observations, and made conclusions based on polling data, interviews, and opinions.

The author asks the important question of where the first female president will come from, what her background and political experience will be, what her family will consist of. In trying to answer these questions, she compares the backgrounds of Clinton and Palin. Sanchez also looks at how their campaigns were run, and how that impacted the female vote for each candidate (as well as other demographics).

I was most surprised to learn that some of the most insulting or vocal coverage of the female candidates came from *other* females. Sanchez considers the "Mean Girls" factor, and believes that one of the most important lessons all women need to learn is how to fend for themselves in a world where social bullying is a huge problem. It's an interesting proposition, and one I wouldn't have thought of without reading this book.

"You've Come A Long Way, Maybe," sparked some good debates in my house as we considered the questions posed by Sanchez, and looked back at the 2008 election coverage.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana on July 26, 2010
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This book presented the pros and cons of the past presidential election and what will be needed for a woman to win in the future. It was an inspirational book for all women to demand fair treatment by the media and to learn how to use the new social networks for elections.
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