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And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side Hardcover – April 21, 2015
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"This book is a gem--modest and moving, clear and unpretentious. It gives the kind of practical and even ethical advice everyone starting out needs, but it's also funny and full of great stories. Dana is a true role model."―Peggy Noonan
"A lovely memoir, both charming and wise, studded with invaluable life lessons garnered on her fascinating journey to the highest levels of media and government. A wonderful read."―Charles Krauthammer
"Part autobiography, part memoir of a press secretary in the White House, part career and life guidance, and part appeal to civility, Dana Perino's AND THE GOOD NEWS IS... is all parts captivating."―Donna Brazile
"With this delightful blend of the political, personal, and professional, Dana Perino gives us a useful glimpse into one of the most remarkable workplaces in the world, the White House. Political junkies will revel in her insider tales but every reader will come away knowing more about the human dimension of working in the most powerful place on the planet."―Mike McCurry, former White House Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton
"Congrats to Dana Perino! It's a great read, BTW. Little House on the Prairie meets West Wing."―Chris Stirewalt, Digital Politics Editor, Fox News
"This book is perfect for anyone interested in politics, media or simply advice about taking courageous chances in life, love and work. Dana has written a book that is as accessible for those who are just starting out on their career path as for those who are long-time students of current events and history."―Julie Roginsky, Fox News Contributor
"The book is a study in character, and why surrounding one's self with people of good character (from Dana's husband, parents and grandparents to Tony Snow and George W. Bush) leads to a life well lived."―Doug Brunt, author of The Means and Ghosts of Manhattan
"If you want to be inspired by a successful woman who goes from ranching in the West, to the White House, to helping in Africa, to a fine marriage and a loving dog, you will find it in this book. You will also find the kind of honest advice about life, politics and the Presidency that makes you feel good. Now there's a rarity."―Marlin Fitzwater, former White House Press Secretary to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush
"A wonderful book. A book full of the love of life. And full of gratitude. This book is blessedly free of cynicism, irony, posing. It's straight. It's good. And obviously a total reflection of its author."―Jay Nordlinger, National Review
About the Author
Dana Perino is a Fox News Contributor and co-host of one of the most popular shows on cable television, The Five. Perino was the first Republican woman to serve as the White House Press Secretary, and served for over seven years in the administration of George W. Bush, including at the Department of Justice after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Perino lives in Manhattan with her husband, Peter McMahon, and their dog, Jasper.
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The way she made it into a series of many short stories with very high resolution pictures made it a very good read.
I was also impressed with her fairness of other views which is far from normal in todays Political books. She has a very uplifting view of life along with respect of where she came from. My wife and I highly recommend this book regardless of which side of the aisle you are on.
I relate to Dana's upbringing where she felt both freedom and protection from being surrounded by people of good character. I agree with her sense of personal responsibility, hard work ethic, and taking ownership for the way you talk to others even if you disagree.
These are my favorite types of books to read: Ones where you can follow a little breadtrail to see how one life experience leads to another to another to another. As a counselor, adjunct professor, author and voracious reader, I enjoy hearing about people experiences and trusting God is working out a plan, even when times are hard.
This book would make a perfect graduation gift!
There were moments in this book when I thought that Ms Perino came off as pretty darned impressed with herself. I found it irritating and promised myself that I would explain how that factored into what would be a mediocre review for this book. Darned if by the end of the book, I wasn't every bit as impressed with her as well.
I liked hearing the stories of things that went on behind the scenes at the White House, Fox News and other places. I was dismayed at the pettiness displayed by many people I would have thought would be above that sort of thing. I loved hearing about those who had great integrity and loyalty.
I wish I would have been able to read this book as a college aged kid. Maybe I would have made different decisions. Then again, maybe not. This book is interesting and inspirational. It asks you to decide who you are and to live a life based on your values. It asks for us to treat each other with compassion and civility even when we hold completely opposing views from one another. It encourages you to take risks.
Well done, Ms Perino. Great book!
As an aside, I wish The Kindle version would put the photos at the beginning of the book so that they could be easily accessed. It was so irritating to locate them at the back that I finally just gave up and didn't look at them until I was done with the entire book. There has to be a better way to place the photos.
Filled with 'feel good' stories about her tenure as White House Press Secretary, this author writes in a tone that is neither heady nor preachy. She simply tells you her stories. One story in particular is of a trip that then President Bush took to a military hospital unannounced and the reaction of the patients and their families. Ms. Perino also gives some solid mentoring advice for those of us who are already in the workplace as well as for those of you who are just ready to branch out. And of course, there are stories about her dog, Jasper, “America's Dog”.
I found this book very easy to read and most certainly I appreciate the overwhelming sentiment of the book~~that being nice matters. In this day and age of anger, frustration and absolute partisanship in the political arena, Ms. Perino gets it right; she is simply, nice.
I really enjoyed reading the book and appreciated Dana's insight. I'm going to give the book to my 19 year old granddaughter who can be quite shy so she can learn from Dana's experiences and her heartfelt knowledge.