- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Magnus Books (July 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936833263
- ISBN-13: 978-1936833269
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,175,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Campaign Within: A Mayor's Private Journey to Public Leadership
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-- David Mixner
"Neil is an American gay rights hero. His personal story, beautifully told in his new memoir, is an often dramatic tale about the darkness and fear of the closet and the light and freedom of coming out -- to family, friends, voters and most of all to yourself. It is a story about politics, media, gay rights, and most of all about integrity. The Campaign Within is a landslide winner."
--Richard Socarides, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor, The White House, Administration of President Bill Clinton.
"Neil Giuliano takes his reader by the hand and by the heart in The Campaign Within, a gritty exploration of the American Dream deeply entrenched in self-doubt, aspiration and faith. Neil does the difficult work; tackling mistakes with sincere regret and with deep compassion for those who caused him harm. His skillful and on-point storytelling allows one to relax and trust in his journey and to ultimately throw two fists in the air in triumphant celebration as he reveals how he confronted and won The Campaign Within. This is a beautifully story, from the pen of a modern day hero.”
--Chely Wright, country music artist and author of Like Me
"A shockingly honest memoir; I was riveted by Neil's transformation from secretive politician to proud advocate."
--Marc Cherry, Creator and Executive Producer, Desperate Housewives
It's a challenge and blessing to be a pioneer, and Neil plumbs aspects of this unenviable role in his engaging and highly readable memoir. I’ve known Neil as a colleague, but knew few details of his full story. The Campaign Within is enthralling and left me grateful to know him as a friend and fellow activist.”
--Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
"First he was straight, then he was gay. First he was a Republican, then he was a Democrat. So if you are straight, gay, republican or democrat you will love this book."
"I cannot recommend The Campaign Within in stronger terms. The former mayor takes us on an important, revelatory journey that scorches with truth. We cry and we laugh; but, mostly, we find genuine hope and comfort in this remarkable man's ultimate peace. After finishing this beautiful book, I can't wait to see what happens next."
-- Richard Pérez-Feria, former Editor in Chief, People en Espanol
Neil Giuliano's remarkable ability to be both personally confident and dispassionate in describing his journey, and becoming a highly successful and respected mayor along the way, speaks to the uncertainties and possibilities of all of us. The Campaign Within is an especially relevant story for anyone serving in or preparing to run for public office.”
--Don Borut, Executive Director, National League of Cities
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This well written book that bridges the Stonewall generation to the present. A must read for people interested in the progression of GLBT rights.
This book appeals to anyone that has struggled with their sexuality and how it relates to their family, friends, faith and function in the community. And those who have not had to, will perhaps get a better understanding of those who had.
It will also appeal to those who feel the call to public service to make America a better place. Giuliano notes that he comes from a family that runs the political spectrum. He cemented his reputation in the political community as a fair, honest and non-partisan moderate Republican-turned-Democrat. As we learn in the book, the Republican party for many years has gotten more rigid and less inclusive which caused him to switch. It took great courage for the author to come out as a gay man during his re-election for mayor. His election to the office of mayor four times shows that people were not concerned with his private life, just that he did a good job. His later work and success GLAAD has also shown that he wants to make America a better place for all Americans.
Having finished the book, my first question is, when will he write another? Hopefully soon.