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Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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Thomas, the doyenne of the White House press corps for over 30 years, stops asking questions and starts giving answers in this how-to guide to the American presidency. Having covered every president since Kennedy, Thomas offers up a lesson plan drawn from the foibles and successes of presidents past, with praise and admonition meted out in equal measure. While Carter gets high marks for his honesty (his poor political gamesmanship is served up as a warning), Nixon takes a predictable beating for his paranoia and combative stance toward the press while Kennedy alone slips through unscathed, described as our best president of the later twentieth century. While the book sometimes devolves into platitudes (Telling hard truths makes great leaders) accounts of Thomas sparring with press secretaries like George Stephanopoulos (who infamously compared her voice to the Wicked Witch of the West's) and Ari Fleischer are entertaining. Her incessant questioning of power also drives home the underlying message of the book: it's a primer not, at heart, for those who would be president but for those who would elect one. (Oct.)
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"Thomas, the doyenne of the White House press corps for over 30 years, stops asking questions and starts giving answers in this how-to guide to the American presidency. Her incessant questioning of power drives home the underlying message of the book: it's a primer not, at heart, for those who would be president but for those who would elect one.” --Publishers Weekly
"A precise, plainspoken primer for the people who become president, as well as for the people who elect them.” --Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I've enjoyed her previous books, had hoped to discover new tidbits, however there was nothing I didn't know and I mostly agreed with everything in the book! No doubt this is because I was born in 1936 and enjoy presidential history,American history, politics,everything "White House." (even the kitchen!)
For the younger generation this book is a valuable tool - actually I advise anyone voting for a president to read it before they vote, and of course, I would expect every candidate to be informed before they decide they want this demanding job.
Helen Thomas comes straight to the point, pulls no punches, and gives the reader plenty of political savvy. I would have liked her views on several press secretaries as her questions are directed to them most of the time since presidents shy away from reporters as much as possible, much to their dismay.
Let's hope our young president takes time to read words of wisdom and advice from a reporter who is serious about the public's right to know.....everything! I recommend the book for the interesting stories and insights - agree or not it's a good read. The co-author, Craig Crawford's contributions to the book are not defined. At any rate, it is well-written and timely.
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The world needs more "Helen Thomas" Minded people who are not afraid of anything.
One of the most important features I fought & bleed for (in the Korean war) was the FREEDOM OF SPEECH.Read more