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Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home Hardcover – January 7, 2014
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“Compelling … A solid memoir of political lives from both sides of the spectrum”—Kirkus
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About the Author
JAMES CARVILLE is an American political consultant, commentator, educator, actor, attorney, media personality, and prominent liberal pundit. Carville gained national attention for his work as the lead strategist of the successful 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. Carville was a cohost of CNN’s Crossfire until its final broadcast in June 2005, and since then he has appeared on CNN’s news program The Situation Room. Carville is the author of several books; most recently It’s the Middle Class, Stupid! coauthored with Stan Greenberg. He teaches political science at Tulane University.
MARY MATALIN served in the Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush administrations and as Counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney. Mary is a bestselling author, television and radio host, and currently the cohost of the national radio show Both Sides Now with Arianna Huffington. Mary and husband, James Carville were 2013 NFL Super Bowl Host Committee Co-Chairmen and Loyola University of New Orleans Centennial Co-Chairmen, where Matalin was recently appointed Visiting Distinguished Lecturer.
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Then along came this book. A friend, who knows I keep up with politics through Twitter, invited me to The Atlanta History Center to see them talk about their book. So of course I had to read it.
I gave it five stars because they managed to elicit so many emotions form me while at the same time informing me not only of their amazing personal, individual stories, but their lives together and how they've made life work. It simply hit all the bases for me from being incredibly informative to being incredibly personal. Although I loved seeing them at the book-signing, the discussion was minuscule compared to the depth and breadth of the book.
If you are at all interested in politics, the situation our country is in now, its recent history, families, children, and how two people can love one another while simultaneously holding opposite political views, this book might interest you. If you are interested in reading a book that is truly the voice of the authors, this book is for you. Each time I read James' words I felt like he was speaking to me, and the same goes with Mary.
Last but not least, for anyone interested in testimonies of how someone has managed ADHD in real-life, chapter six is superb. It can't be everyone's story, but it's a management success story. I really appreciated both Mary's initial struggle with James' ADHD, and his discussion of how he has managed it all his life, even before he was diagnosed.
I like Mary's descriptions of what it was like being in the bunker with the vice president .you always wondered exactly where this safe undisclosed location was . Most of the book was easy enjoyable reading, but I almost stopped reading when Mary expressed her admiration for the disgusting rush Limbaugh and his equally disgusting counterpart Sarah Palin. I can understand her fondness for the bushes and the cheneys but rush and Sarah? I also did not think it was fair of James to insist that 9 11 would never happen if Al gore was president maybe, maybe not . They are an interesting couple with very disparate views so it was interesting to see how they made their marriage work.
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Hard to see how two people could stay together when they have such big disagreements.It worked for them!(