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And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side Hardcover – Illustrated, April 21, 2015
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"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
- Item Weight : 14.5 ounces
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781455584901
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455584901
- Product Dimensions : 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
- Publisher : Twelve; Illustrated Edition (April 21, 2015)
- ASIN : 1455584908
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
This young lady, in this memoir, gives us reason to have even more confidence in her and her colleagues. Her preparation for a task is rooted in her upbringing, refined and sculpted by her intelligence, perseverance and people skills. Too, her success is a roller coaster ride not a straight line ascendency.
Now, one doesn't have to be in sync with all that she reveals, or about which she opines, to admire her and enjoy the book. For me, it was like watching the show. Much of it is accepted with a subtle fist pump. Humbly, some is improved by my constructive criticism, sotto voce.
There is much humor, a bit of gossip, and a prudent amount of experience garnered practical advice throughout. She is a kind of modern and feminine version of Dale Carnegie. It ain't trite: it's pith.
You will love her family including her pups, the late-Henry and current Jasper. And the trips to the dog parks will produce a smile or two.
Buy the book. It is a very good read with rumination. Dana Perino is the total package!
Oh, and "white ho" is not about denigration. It's about attention to detail.
There is no doubt that Ms. Perino is a very intelligent, well-educated, and successful lady who should be proud of her accomplishments thus far in her life, but I knew that without having to read the book.
The inside view we get of the private side of Bush 43, in my opinion, saves the book and makes it worth wadding through some of the dog stories and other warm and fuzzy, and mushy stuff. I had great respect for George W. Bush during his first term in office, but during his last term in office, and the years following, my respect has been waning, and in the Florida primary I just couldn’t bring myself to vote for another Bush. “And the Good News Is” has restored my opinion that George W. Bush was in fact a great and insightful leader who was a real person with feelings, and it has reinstated the respect I originally had for him. From stories Ms. Perino relates it is apparent that President Bush had great respect for the office, the country it represents, and the men and women who serve and die to defend it. Something that cannot be said for the current administration.
Knowing the content, “And the Good News Is” is not a book I would typically buy, it would probably be of some value to young professionals entering the workforce and seasoned managers who are struggling in today’s workplace (I know a few), so I don’t want to go too hard on Ms. Perino. If you are into autobiographies of successful people you would likely give this book a five star rating.
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!