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The Campaign Within: A Mayor's Private Journey to Public Leadership

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ISBN-10: 1936833263
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"Neil Giuliano, true renaissance man, has written one of the most extraordinary books on being an out mayor of a major American City. Giuliano leaves no stone unturned in his quest to leave a written message to future generations. He has dedicated his life to public service and had performed another one with the honesty in this book. Treat yourself to a memorable, exiting and important read."

-- 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."

--David Spade

"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

About the Author

Neil Giuliano: Neil G. Giuliano is an educator, activist, philanthropy advisor, leadership coach, and speaker. A former mayor and president of a national advocacy organization, he has been involved with community service and public affairs his entire career. Giuliano is the former four-term mayor (1994–2004) of Tempe, Arizona. He wrote the proposal for and then co-chaired hosting the third debate of the 2004 United States presidential elections. He served as President of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) from September 2005, and stepped down from the post in June 2009. In December 2010, he was appointed CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He currently divides his time between San Francisco and Phoenix, AZ.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Magnus Books (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936833263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936833269
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Campaign Within is a sharp and honest memoir about coming out as a gay politician in a conservative state when there were few openly gay politicians. I found this book interesting and enlightening from beginning to end, always impressed with Giuliano's integrity and drive to live a true and honest life.
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How does a socially awkward child grow into a successful, charismatic mayor and leader in LGBT rights? Neil Giuliano covers his life in full detail in this highly-personal and informative autobiography. It is not self-serving as are some political books and he does not ask for your pity as he recounts his sexual abuse by neighborhood kids or his clashes with the right-wing that lead to a recall election (which failed!). The book is frank and straight-forward, just like the author.

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.
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This was great, the true story of America's 1st out mayor. Giuliano details everything he went through realistically and dispassionately without a trace of bitterness or name calling. And he explains the workings of city government and local politics in a way the layman can understand. Very enjoyable.
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Knowing and working with Neil Giuliano for over thirty years made this an even more interesting read. This is a book that you buy and read periodically. The story is riveting and inspirational. Giuliano's journey as a a gay in one of the most conservative states in America is truly inspirational. No matter the obstacle, he was always able to rise to the challenge. We still have a long way to go in the country. But with leaders of character, like Neil Giuliano, the future is bright.
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Neil Guiliano's reputation as an effective, four-term mayor of Tempe, Arizona, who happened to be gay made nationwide headlines in the 90's. His reputation as a first-rate equality advocate and all-around good guy has only grown since he retired from public service. In my home state of Arizona, Giuliani is somewhat of a local celebrity and hero. If you don`t know him, you know somebody who does; and whether or not you agree with him, his opinions carry weight.

Giuliano's story begins with a detailed and emotional account of a City Council meeting in 1996 that would change his life: In front of a television camera and his colleagues, a citizen attempts to "out" the then-closeted Mayor. Before revealing the full implications of that night, Giuliani's story leaps backward to his childhood, growing up in Bloomfield, New Jersey, in a traditional but quirky Italian family. When Neil was a boy, his father ran a grass-roots campaign against an established incumbent for City Council , and won. When Neil develops into a self-conscious, unremarkable, young teen, it is Giuliano Senior who suggests that the rudderless Neil join the High School Key Club because, a community service club sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club. In this action, young Giuliano finds his calling. Public service and teamwork fit Neil's personality. He throws his enthusiasm into public services organizations -- Key Club to Circle K, to University Student Politics at Arizona State University. Next comes a run for City Council in his adopted home town of Tempe, Arizona. He wins. Next comes a Mayoral race. He wins. Again and again, he wins. But he has a secret. This book is not so much about his public campaigns and victories as it is about his private campaign: acceptance of his own homosexuality.
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