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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
“Compelling … the voices are the glue for and the animating features of an ultimately tender book that shines a light on their successful union, not to mention the Crescent City, and shows how big and small a role politics plays in our lives.”—USA Today
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.
Love & War is a follow-up to their 1994 best-selling memoir All’s Fair. This book is organized in mini-chapters around each one’s description of an important event in their lives. You would have thought that Carville, born and raised near NOLA (the acronym for New Orleans), would have the stylistic flair of a Southern writer like Truman Capote in his early days (most notably Other Voices, Other Rooms), Flannery O’Conner, or William Faulkner. But, alas, no. He’s more journalistic-Midwest-Politico-Hemmingway than his roots would lead you to believe. On the other hand, his wife, who is from Illinois, has flashes of that Southern sensibility in her prose. The juxtaposition of both of their takes, therefore, is welcome not only from a reality standpoint but from perceptual and expressive ones as well. You get the ying and yang of their lives from the prisms of their minds and hearts.
This book is not strictly about politics. It is a charming and astute series of anecdotes about marriage, children, and life in general from two experienced human beings. Depending on your place along the political spectrum, you will agree, disagree, or abide one or the other author. But even though you may disagree intently, you will be impressed by his or her wit, charm, and wisdom, and politics be damned.
My hope is that Mary and James don’t wait another 20 years before they publish another memoir. In fact, I wish they would email me with what is happening in their lives on a monthly basis.
Liked the photo's, they add a down home dimension.
Would have liked more specifics/depth about how they handled their political differences