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“Just like Dee Dee Myers herself this jewel of a book is sober minded, funny, and most certainly timely. . . . Myers makes a spirited case that “women power” is the most neglected political recourse in our arid times.” (Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Deluge)

About the Author

Dee Dee Myers served as White House press secretary during Bill Clinton's first term. She was the first woman to hold that position. She is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, a political analyst and commentator, and a lecturer on politics and women's issues. She lives with her husband and their children in Washington, D.C.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe; Harperluxe ed. edition (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061363960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061363962
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,335,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Men - give this a read. The fact that the opposite sexes are from different planets is true. Dee Dee explains it exceptionally well. I didn't feel my gender being trampled upon or attacked. She methodically presents her analysis based on a plethora of well laid out facts. I am a fact and data guy, so it makes sense for me. I remember watching many of her press briefings and remembered those occasions where she was obviously uncomfortable. The book is true to history of the times she depicts, and I learned many interesting factoids unknown to me about her mentors and her background.

It is men that seem to create much of the pain and suffering that is pervasive across our planet. I don't think any of you readers can disagree too vehemently about this. Women have the natural tendency to want to connect first and exercise one of the habits described by Dr. Steven Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" - to seek first to understand and then be understood. Dee Dee is a smart, insightful woman ahead of her time...
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I enjoyed this book. The beginning starts out a bit angry but she quickly moves into a compelling, interesting, and balanced book about the role of women in helping to change the world. Myers does not disparage men in this book, but rather offers a balanced look at the contributions women have made.

Myers offers a number of eye opening examples of womens positive influence in business, politics, education etc. She speaks to the importance of educating women around the globe. One paragraph reads, "When Larry Summers was chief economist at World Bank, he argued that educating girls probably produced better returns than any other investment in the developed world....If fact, when women's incomes go up, child survival rates improve by an astonishing twenty times more than if a mans income increases by a similar amount....And children's weight measures improve eightfold."

Myers addresses the role of women in the corporate arena. She writes "Women make the vast majority of consumer decisions in this country - by many accounts, more than 80 percent. But we still don't have enough influence at the top of corporations that make and sell those goods and services. True, women now fill about half of all managerial positions, but among Fortune 500 companies, women account for only 16% of corporate officers, 5% of top earners - and an anemic 2% of CEOs".

Myers uses Revlon as an example to illustrate her point. The company is known for making womens products and yet "all of the company's senior managers and all but 3 members of its board were men".
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I'll be honest, around page 190 I stopped reading. Not because the book was terrible, but because it seemed to repeat the same stories over and over (just in different situations); women empowerment.

I'm all for equality between the sexes, but when I picked up this book I thought the reader would get a woman's perspective on curing some of the ills of the world. Instead, Mrs. Myers' audience gets that standard female pep talk you hear all over the place these days - "Woman can do anything a man can do; often differently and sometimes better."

It's not the worst read I've ever expierenced, but I know I won't be going out of my way to read any future contributions she makes to literature so take that for what it's worth.
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This book is an enjoyable enlightening and well documented read. It opened up my eyes about a couple of dozen situiations that I learned in the book -to mention 2 : "when there is a room full of managers of a company having a meeting- a woman will mention a good do able idea, and no one will respond, while 1 hour later a man does the same thing with the woman's idea and get credit for it. Second where "a man will get up before a meeting and speak everyone listens, but if a woman does the same people will look if they like what they see and only then decide to listen or not". She cites dozens of well documented citations from scientists and cultural anthropologists in trying to navigate the tricky waters regarding nature and nurtute- and she cites her husband and her experiences and differences in raising a daughter and then a son. She is thoughtful funny and smart as a writer.
There were several flaws in the book. First like most books it had very strong "class filters" in operation. Meaning that Ms Myers focused on jobs like CEO CFO etc that pay in the millions, and ignores that 99% of our current workforce works for a lot less money and prestige.
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