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Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home Hardcover – January 7, 2014

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*The New York Times bestseller*

“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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press; First Edition edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399167242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399167249
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Steven Thomas TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 7, 2014
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I can’t imagine how it could be possible for two individuals to be more politically opposite than Mary Matalin and James Carville. This is a fascinating book with a unique overview … How can it be that two people who are so far apart ideologically can have a successful marriage and family together? Many of the answers to this question will be found in this book. Moreover, the fact of their continued success may hold a glimmer of hope for the rest of the nation which appears to be so hopelessly divided. Full of the wit, humor and spontaneity you would expect from these two savvy pundits, there are many other elements within that are current for today’s political climate throughout. I forecast this will be one of the most successful books of 2014.
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Never thought I would say this in my life: I like James Carville. You know, the pit-bull Democratic operative who was Bill Clinton’s go-to guy like Karl Rove was for George W. My political bent is more in line with his wife, Mary Matalin. So, most times that I’ve seen him on TV, I would cringe and change channels, even though I thought he was intelligent, because he was combative in a smug way. Yet, I wound up liking him as a person after I read Love & War, the political power couple’s autobiographical work about their lives in Washington, D.C., their friends and political bosses, their children, and their love affair with New Orleans where they settled down. Truth be told, James is a decent husband, father, professor, and citizen, and that counts regardless of his politics or smugness. Plus, he’s a character, which doesn’t hurt either.

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.
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James and Mary got married one year after me and my husband and I remembered feeling shocked and being in disbelief. I mean, I'd worked in politics, I was a political junkie before they called people like me that term, and I knew about their opposing sides. So I went on with my life and noticed them here and there, but after we started having kids I became a little disconnected from my previous life. I didn't pay attention to them much, accept to be happy for them periodically through the years when I realized they were still married.

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.
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The perfect airplane read - it catches you up on what the Carville/Matalins have been up to, rehashes some political baggage, and wraps it all up in a "We love New Orleans" campaign. All in a "she said, he said" format. James has mellowed, although he still takes a stick to the Republican piñata; Mary has mellowed, although she falls in love with every politician (including Dick Cheney) she works for (or maybe it's just the grace to not say anything bad about them, but it comes off as suck-upish). Still, their voices are so well known that this book is like having them over for a neighborly dinner and having such a great time that you suddenly find that it's 2am.
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A fun read on family, politics, and culture. Witty writing and very funny throughout both of their accounts. Its obvious they love Louisiana and the story of how they got there is gripping.
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