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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!  The definitive biography of Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful woman in American political history, written by New York Times bestselling author and USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.   Featuring more than 150 exclusive interviews with those who know her best—and a series of in-depth, news-making interviews with Pelosi herself—MA AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!  The definitive biography of Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful woman in American political history, written by New York Times bestselling author and USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.   Featuring more than 150 exclusive interviews with those who know her best—and a series of in-depth, news-making interviews with Pelosi herself—MADAM SPEAKER is unprecedented in the scope of its exploration of Nancy Pelosi’s remarkable life and of her indelible impact on American politics.   Before she was Nancy Pelosi, she was Nancy D’Alesandro. Her father was a big-city mayor and her mother his political organizer; when she encour­aged her young daughter to become a nun, Nancy told her mother that being a priest sounded more appealing. She didn’t begin running for office until she was forty-six years old, her five children mostly out of the nest. With that, she found her calling.   Nancy Pelosi has lived on the cutting edge of the revolution in both women’s roles and in the nation’s movement to a fiercer and more polarized politics. She has established herself as a crucial friend or for­midable foe to U.S. presidents, a master legislator, and an indefatigable political warrior. She took on the Democratic establishment to become the first female Speaker of the House, then battled rivals on the left and right to consolidate her power. She has soared in the sharp-edged inside game of politics, though she has struggled in the outside game—demonized by conservatives, second-guessed by progressives, and routinely underestimated by nearly everyone.   All of this was preparation for the most historic challenge she would ever face, at a time she had been privately planning her retirement. When Donald Trump was elected to the White House, Nancy Pelosi became the Democratic counterpart best able to stand up to the disruptive president and to get under his skin. The battle between Trump and Pelosi, chronicled in this book with behind-the-scenes details and revelations, stands to be the titanic political struggle of our time.


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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!  The definitive biography of Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful woman in American political history, written by New York Times bestselling author and USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.   Featuring more than 150 exclusive interviews with those who know her best—and a series of in-depth, news-making interviews with Pelosi herself—MA AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!  The definitive biography of Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful woman in American political history, written by New York Times bestselling author and USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.   Featuring more than 150 exclusive interviews with those who know her best—and a series of in-depth, news-making interviews with Pelosi herself—MADAM SPEAKER is unprecedented in the scope of its exploration of Nancy Pelosi’s remarkable life and of her indelible impact on American politics.   Before she was Nancy Pelosi, she was Nancy D’Alesandro. Her father was a big-city mayor and her mother his political organizer; when she encour­aged her young daughter to become a nun, Nancy told her mother that being a priest sounded more appealing. She didn’t begin running for office until she was forty-six years old, her five children mostly out of the nest. With that, she found her calling.   Nancy Pelosi has lived on the cutting edge of the revolution in both women’s roles and in the nation’s movement to a fiercer and more polarized politics. She has established herself as a crucial friend or for­midable foe to U.S. presidents, a master legislator, and an indefatigable political warrior. She took on the Democratic establishment to become the first female Speaker of the House, then battled rivals on the left and right to consolidate her power. She has soared in the sharp-edged inside game of politics, though she has struggled in the outside game—demonized by conservatives, second-guessed by progressives, and routinely underestimated by nearly everyone.   All of this was preparation for the most historic challenge she would ever face, at a time she had been privately planning her retirement. When Donald Trump was elected to the White House, Nancy Pelosi became the Democratic counterpart best able to stand up to the disruptive president and to get under his skin. The battle between Trump and Pelosi, chronicled in this book with behind-the-scenes details and revelations, stands to be the titanic political struggle of our time.

30 review for Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    I have enjoyed Susan Page’s writing over the years. Page chronicles Pelosi’s career in the straight forward way that journalist do. Page is the Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today. The book is well written and researched. Page interviewed Pelosi many times for the book. Page was primarily unbiased and reported on proven facts. There is not any muck raking in this book. I am sure this was a difficult book to write. The sections about her beginning in politics in San Francisco was a trip down mem I have enjoyed Susan Page’s writing over the years. Page chronicles Pelosi’s career in the straight forward way that journalist do. Page is the Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today. The book is well written and researched. Page interviewed Pelosi many times for the book. Page was primarily unbiased and reported on proven facts. There is not any muck raking in this book. I am sure this was a difficult book to write. The sections about her beginning in politics in San Francisco was a trip down memory lane. In the sections about her career in Washington D.C., I learned a number of things I was unaware of about Pelosi. If you are interested in politics, this book will be worth the read. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is thirteen hours and forty-two minutes. Susan Page does a good job narrating her book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Robertson

    I found this to be an incredibly informative and fascinating biography, I found it especially interesting as I had recently finished President Obama's first memoir of his time as president. It was interesting to hear different perspectives of that time through the interviews that Susan Page did for this book. I noticed people giving one star reviews before the book was even published. My guess is they assumed this was an autobiography, and were reacting in accordance to their political views. Th I found this to be an incredibly informative and fascinating biography, I found it especially interesting as I had recently finished President Obama's first memoir of his time as president. It was interesting to hear different perspectives of that time through the interviews that Susan Page did for this book. I noticed people giving one star reviews before the book was even published. My guess is they assumed this was an autobiography, and were reacting in accordance to their political views. This is a biography by a journalist, and includes critical povs as well. My only criticism is that some information was repeated a lot, and at times the order of information seemed a little scattered. Still, it was a five-star enjoyable read about one of the most powerful political figures of our time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Spreen

    The first third of this book details Nancy D’Alesandro’s roots, down to describing the villages where her mother’s and father’s families originated. When she is finally born, we see what it was like to grow up in an extremely political home, and how that shaped her. Then she’s a young mother running her family with military precision and dabbling in community politics, but still not looking to forge a career for herself. This is instructive. She wasn’t a political animal from the start, although The first third of this book details Nancy D’Alesandro’s roots, down to describing the villages where her mother’s and father’s families originated. When she is finally born, we see what it was like to grow up in an extremely political home, and how that shaped her. Then she’s a young mother running her family with military precision and dabbling in community politics, but still not looking to forge a career for herself. This is instructive. She wasn’t a political animal from the start, although she certainly had the training. The bulk of the narrative focuses on Pelosi’s time in Congress, and here we see how brilliant and determined she is. Each of her significant political challenges, victories, and losses is examined in minute detail, from which emerges a portrait of a fiercely gifted political strategist who nevertheless rules with a heavy partisan hand. The anecdotes and accounts from her contemporaries are interesting. What I took away from her story was just what a badass the woman is. She's inspiring. From this account, no matter what stage she’s at in her life, she rules it. Nothing phases her. And this is also a detriment to the book. Surely Nancy Pelosi experiences more emotional ups and downs, rides the waves of life’s drama, more than the modicum of human emotion allowed in this account. But on the other hand, given Pelosi's intimidating persona, maybe Susan Page was afraid to ask. Otherwise, this is a solid account of a brilliant politician and groundbreaking congressional leader.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I've been wanting to read a comprehensive, well-written biography about Nancy Pelosi for quite some time now, happily finding this to be a joy to read, even unputdownable at times. Biographies are a wonderful introduction to American political history and it's key players. Reading about recent history one has lived through is more entertaining than it might seem. The only minor criticism I have is the author's tendency to repeat a point made as recently as the previous chapter. As a journalist, t I've been wanting to read a comprehensive, well-written biography about Nancy Pelosi for quite some time now, happily finding this to be a joy to read, even unputdownable at times. Biographies are a wonderful introduction to American political history and it's key players. Reading about recent history one has lived through is more entertaining than it might seem. The only minor criticism I have is the author's tendency to repeat a point made as recently as the previous chapter. As a journalist, the author may just have been trying to make sure the reader could pick up anywhere in the book and not be confused by missing details. 4.5 "Don't agonize; organize." --Nancy Pelosi

  5. 4 out of 5

    WM D.

    Madam speaker by Susan page was a good book. I got to page 175 and pulled the book Mark. The reason I did this was I knew most of the stuff in the book. A must read for anyone who likes biographies

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ivan Zimmerman

    I thought I knew a lot about Nancy. This book gave me much more details on the major events of our time. Nancy Pelosi is an amazing person. The book was well written and researched. I highly recommend it to any political junky like me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris Witkowski

    Considering the title promises lessons of power, I was expecting a more insightful portrait of Nancy Pelosi, a woman thought to be the most influential female in Congress. What the book is, though, is a recounting of the series of power plays by Pelosi, from the her beginnings of journey into politics, until the most recent crises that have faced our country. Anyone up to date on current events will find the book mostly a rehash. Still, there is much to admire about Pelosi, a woman who learned p Considering the title promises lessons of power, I was expecting a more insightful portrait of Nancy Pelosi, a woman thought to be the most influential female in Congress. What the book is, though, is a recounting of the series of power plays by Pelosi, from the her beginnings of journey into politics, until the most recent crises that have faced our country. Anyone up to date on current events will find the book mostly a rehash. Still, there is much to admire about Pelosi, a woman who learned politics from her dad, a multi term mayor of Baltimore (the early part of the book is this history and the writing is pretty terrible - Page repeats over and over again the same events, some of it word for word - where are the editors?). What I can't stop thinking about, and forgive me if it appears to be irrelevant - but the woman had five babies in six years!!! Talk about strength! Even Pelosi brags about this to this day when people ask her her secret for perseverance. She is a lady who deserves much admiration. I wish Page had been able to give us just a bit more about what makes the lady tick.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paulatics

    This is a well-written biography that covers Nancy Pelosi’s entrance into her immigrant, Italian, hyper-Democratic, political family as the only daughter after 5 sons. It goes on to explain her own entrance into politics and the unparalleled knowledge, skills, and abilities she has displayed as the first woman Speaker of the US House of Representatives. I especially appreciate the “inside baseball” micro details of her dedication to the Affordable Care Act and to the two impeachments of the wors This is a well-written biography that covers Nancy Pelosi’s entrance into her immigrant, Italian, hyper-Democratic, political family as the only daughter after 5 sons. It goes on to explain her own entrance into politics and the unparalleled knowledge, skills, and abilities she has displayed as the first woman Speaker of the US House of Representatives. I especially appreciate the “inside baseball” micro details of her dedication to the Affordable Care Act and to the two impeachments of the worst President of the US. A must-read for political scientists, political junkies, and those who want to help more women get elected to public office.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    An incredibly interesting look at someone many think they know. Page does a great job in getting at the character of the woman and she has talked to EVERYONE in Washington who has been anyone over the last 30 years (who is still alive). Although her upbringing in a Baltimore political family was very interesting (and something I didn’t know anything about), the real high point was the later chapters where Page describes her handling of three presidents. I was particularly impressed with her blu An incredibly interesting look at someone many think they know. Page does a great job in getting at the character of the woman and she has talked to EVERYONE in Washington who has been anyone over the last 30 years (who is still alive). Although her upbringing in a Baltimore political family was very interesting (and something I didn’t know anything about), the real high point was the later chapters where Page describes her handling of three presidents. I was particularly impressed with her blunt honesty toward first Bush (jr) and then trump. Her uncle usher assessment of him, and the candor with which she told him what she thought of him, had me cheering.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Nancy Pelosi is a fascinating woman but I don’t think that Page’s writing emphasizes that. Page tends to circle back and reiterate points that she already made-and she does it frequently. It put me off.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm

    I've read a few books and bios of Pelosi but was intrigued by this one for apparently Pelosi herself sitting down and interviewing with the author. Curious what else could be said that I hadn't read before, if we'd get more insights into the first woman Speaker of the House, how she has thought about current and recent events, etc. The first third of the book or so details her childhood and growing up in Baltimore and growing up in a political family (no surprise). Then we get into the early days I've read a few books and bios of Pelosi but was intrigued by this one for apparently Pelosi herself sitting down and interviewing with the author. Curious what else could be said that I hadn't read before, if we'd get more insights into the first woman Speaker of the House, how she has thought about current and recent events, etc. The first third of the book or so details her childhood and growing up in Baltimore and growing up in a political family (no surprise). Then we get into the early days of her career and rise into power. Later sections don't give a blow by blow but cover "major" events such as the 2006 midterms, the 2010 midterms and the work on ACA, the 2016 election, dealing with Trump, etc. Overall, I'm not sure how much of the material is new if you've followed Pelosi at all, and especially if you're reasonably informed about current events. Familiar stories about how her daughter told her to "get a life" when pondering an election, what it was like trying to deal with someone like Donald Trump and how Pelosi was able to leverage his lack of political know how and more. I suppose what one really gets out of this is that this might be closer to an "official" type of biography as we are probably looking towards her retirement or at least a step back (which might have happened sooner if Hillary Clinton had won). In some ways this reads as like a setting of her legacy and whether that's good or bad is up to the reader. Will this change your mind? Doubt it. Will it tell you things you didn't know? Again, depends on how well-informed you are about politics and recent events. Useful as an informative book on the first woman Speaker of the House who outlasted several of her rivals? Absolutely. Ultimately this was best as a library borrow for me but for historians, students of political science (such as specific issues including women in US politics and issues such as ACA) would probably find this useful as a reference for a paper or other research.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Russell DeLong

    Normally the advantage of a biography over a memoir is that the author is in a better position to assess the person's story in an objective way. Unfortunately that's not the case here, as the author reads like a fan. In a word, Pelosi is not relatable to me as she's described here. I can't get myself in the headspace of a person who would decide against buying a home in order to spite Richard Nixon, not for any personal grievance with the man but simply because the seller was going to work for hi Normally the advantage of a biography over a memoir is that the author is in a better position to assess the person's story in an objective way. Unfortunately that's not the case here, as the author reads like a fan. In a word, Pelosi is not relatable to me as she's described here. I can't get myself in the headspace of a person who would decide against buying a home in order to spite Richard Nixon, not for any personal grievance with the man but simply because the seller was going to work for him, and she didn't like his politics. To refuse to put someone in a merited position within her party out of personal spite... To justify butting in line against party etiquette for the whip position by invoking the collective "woman" who has waited longer than the man she stepped on... To say that she will "never forgive" a group of rioters while making such a public point about her Christianity... To give "But I got you elected" as a reason to expect someone to vote how she tells them to in spite of their conscience about what's best for their constituents... My impression of Pelosi is that she has great contacts through which she can raise more money for her party than anyone else, giving her a power of influence over many in her party. It seems unlikely from this book that she would be in her current position if not for that influence, and I'm left questioning the narrative that I should think her to be of extraordinary competence simply because she was the speaker at the time the ACA was passed in a super majority congress.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brendan Daly

    It's not easy to write a fresh biography of the most famous member of Congress. But even as a veteran staffer for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, I learned a few new things in Susan Page's exhaustively-researched book. While several books on the Speaker, including some good ones, have come out in recent years, this one is probably her definitive biography, in part because the Speaker gave Page unprecedented access with 10 interviews over two years. And Page interviewed 150 of her family members, friends, c It's not easy to write a fresh biography of the most famous member of Congress. But even as a veteran staffer for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, I learned a few new things in Susan Page's exhaustively-researched book. While several books on the Speaker, including some good ones, have come out in recent years, this one is probably her definitive biography, in part because the Speaker gave Page unprecedented access with 10 interviews over two years. And Page interviewed 150 of her family members, friends, confidants and former staff. As one of those sources, I did the "DC read," checking to see if I was in it. But the book is so much more than that. It goes extensively into her early life and the ups and downs of her parents and siblings in Baltimore, where she learned to "know her power." The heart of the book explains why she is a "master legislator" and the most consequential Speaker since Sam Rayburn more than 60 years ago. Pelosi is well known on Capitol Hill for her ability to determine what a lawmaker’s underlying need is behind a situation and for knowing them and their districts better than they do themselves, but Page draws out some great examples to prove it. It's an insightful book on the most powerful woman in American history. It’s a truly good read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    In author Susan Page's meticulously researched Madame Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power, she shares the grit, brilliance, family history, and tremendous work ethic so effectively depicting her recipe of success from the beginning. The youngest child and only girl growing up in a family of successful politicians, Nancy's father Tommy D'Alesandro was the mayor of Baltimore and held other high political positions. Although Nancy credits her skills raising 5 children, 6 years apart to h In author Susan Page's meticulously researched Madame Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power, she shares the grit, brilliance, family history, and tremendous work ethic so effectively depicting her recipe of success from the beginning. The youngest child and only girl growing up in a family of successful politicians, Nancy's father Tommy D'Alesandro was the mayor of Baltimore and held other high political positions. Although Nancy credits her skills raising 5 children, 6 years apart to her success in leadership, her upbringing and high powered mother effectively introduced Nancy to politics and the effective "favor file." Parts of her story tell details that are painful such as when one of her older brothers was accused of sleeping with a 14-year-old, causing damage to her father's political reputation. Nancy's wise phrases such as "Proper prepararion prevents poor performance," and "don't agnonize-organize" are kernels of wisdom that she shared with the many young politicians she lead. Especially fascinating is her recent interactions with the presidents, and her power to convince her fellow democrats to make the right choices for the people in our country.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Lewis

    I had a hard time not comparing this to the biography of Barbara Bush also written by Page. This spans the career of Pelosi as a newly elected representative at 47 years old to now, the 80 year old Speaker of the House. There is very little revealed about her personal life, other than her family’s history in politics in Baltimore. This book looks at her political instincts, experience as a political fundraiser, and the obstacles she overcame to become the first female Speaker of the House and ho I had a hard time not comparing this to the biography of Barbara Bush also written by Page. This spans the career of Pelosi as a newly elected representative at 47 years old to now, the 80 year old Speaker of the House. There is very little revealed about her personal life, other than her family’s history in politics in Baltimore. This book looks at her political instincts, experience as a political fundraiser, and the obstacles she overcame to become the first female Speaker of the House and how she manages to remain leader of a party that is as dynamic as the population of the United States. This presents Nancy Pelosi as less of a likeable politician, and more of a precise tactician. There is not a lot about political missteps, and often the author presents potential mistakes as political calculations. That is similar to the biography of Bush where very little analysis is done on whys and hows, instead reporting on the outcomes and perspectives of the subjects in their own words.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Susan Page is a well respected journalist who has mastered the craft of writing a well researched political biography. Although this book about Nancy Pelosi details her family life growing up in Baltimore, overall it focuses on her life as a politician and legislator. If you are looking for juicy rumors and the scoop on family dramas this is not that book; nor does it cover the year by year chronology of her life. This is instead an overview of her life that hones in on the major issues that res Susan Page is a well respected journalist who has mastered the craft of writing a well researched political biography. Although this book about Nancy Pelosi details her family life growing up in Baltimore, overall it focuses on her life as a politician and legislator. If you are looking for juicy rumors and the scoop on family dramas this is not that book; nor does it cover the year by year chronology of her life. This is instead an overview of her life that hones in on the major issues that resulted in the notable achievements in her life and that have made Pelosi a major player in modern American governing. Throughout the book Page describes Pelosi as a progressive pragmatist who is part Baltimore pol and San Francisco liberal. Page does a fine job in putting it all together for an interesting and informative biography.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Thought he author is clearly a big fan (as am I), she makes a good case that Nancy Pelosi is the most influential Speaker of the House since Sam Rayburn. I did not know much of the back story, so learning how she grew up in a political family was very interesting. The author is at her best when she recounts the more tumultuous situations Pelosi has faced. Her book is well researched and she quotes many people who offer insights on those situations. She also acknowledges those who hate Pelosi, an Thought he author is clearly a big fan (as am I), she makes a good case that Nancy Pelosi is the most influential Speaker of the House since Sam Rayburn. I did not know much of the back story, so learning how she grew up in a political family was very interesting. The author is at her best when she recounts the more tumultuous situations Pelosi has faced. Her book is well researched and she quotes many people who offer insights on those situations. She also acknowledges those who hate Pelosi, and if you are one of them you will not like reading this work. The only real downside is more of an annoyance. The author tells us the same information two and three times, sometimes within a couple of pages and often using the same words. She could have used a better editor.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    4.5 out of 5. I was fascinated with Nancy Pelosi’s long and distinguished career in politics, as well as detailed recounting of her family history dating back to its roots in Italy. Much of the narrative is based on the author’s extensive in-person interviews with scores of people listed on 3 pages at the back. Also extensive bibliography, an index and 55 pages of poorly annotated footnotes (no numbers or page references). For someone like me who rigorously follows the footnotes while reading, t 4.5 out of 5. I was fascinated with Nancy Pelosi’s long and distinguished career in politics, as well as detailed recounting of her family history dating back to its roots in Italy. Much of the narrative is based on the author’s extensive in-person interviews with scores of people listed on 3 pages at the back. Also extensive bibliography, an index and 55 pages of poorly annotated footnotes (no numbers or page references). For someone like me who rigorously follows the footnotes while reading, this sloppy editing was beyond frustrating to the point where I reduced my rating from 5 to 4.5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine Dean

    This book was fantastic. I’ve grown to respect this woman so much as a leader. Whether you’re a fan of Pelosi or a hater, this book is such a comprehensive package of her life it doesn’t really matter if you like her or not. Her political genius is unmatched and I don’t know if it will be matched again. In addition to the deep dive into Pelosi’s life, I learned so much about the legislative branch of government, which is a valuable thing for all US citizens. I went into this book with little to n This book was fantastic. I’ve grown to respect this woman so much as a leader. Whether you’re a fan of Pelosi or a hater, this book is such a comprehensive package of her life it doesn’t really matter if you like her or not. Her political genius is unmatched and I don’t know if it will be matched again. In addition to the deep dive into Pelosi’s life, I learned so much about the legislative branch of government, which is a valuable thing for all US citizens. I went into this book with little to no expectations, other than I loved Susan Page’s other book but this blew me away. I had 2 fiction books to read at the beach and this accidentally stole all my time. It was that good.

  20. 4 out of 5

    K2 -----

    Overall this book was well done but did no one read the manuscript to catch the many many repeats of information and possibly even the same phrasing? Maybe Page was expected to catch these but she did not. I wonder if when she recorded it she even realized all the repeats and shrunk knowing it was too late for the hardcover release. I hope they will fix them in the paperback edition but publishing has become quite lazy of late. Pelosi cannot be discounted for her prowess and strategy, many do at Overall this book was well done but did no one read the manuscript to catch the many many repeats of information and possibly even the same phrasing? Maybe Page was expected to catch these but she did not. I wonder if when she recorded it she even realized all the repeats and shrunk knowing it was too late for the hardcover release. I hope they will fix them in the paperback edition but publishing has become quite lazy of late. Pelosi cannot be discounted for her prowess and strategy, many do at their peril. To read of Ms Pelosi's beginnings or of her Mother's unrealized potential speaks volumes about the woman Nancy became.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    A partisan biography based on interviews with Pelosi. The author clearly has a high regard for Pelosi and gushes over her throughout this book. I would not be surprised if Pelosi had unfettered access to approve every word. This book spans most of Pelosi's career and focuses on her time as Speaker of the House. This book reads more as a long press release than an in-depth biography. The history is interesting but the author's bias makes it difficult to recommend as an accurate historical narrati A partisan biography based on interviews with Pelosi. The author clearly has a high regard for Pelosi and gushes over her throughout this book. I would not be surprised if Pelosi had unfettered access to approve every word. This book spans most of Pelosi's career and focuses on her time as Speaker of the House. This book reads more as a long press release than an in-depth biography. The history is interesting but the author's bias makes it difficult to recommend as an accurate historical narrative.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Backus

    This in-depth book about the life of Nancy Pelosi details the impact of her background on her path to becoming Speaker of the House. The author writes of Pelosi's understanding of how to influence people in powerful positions to come to the decisions she deems right. Pelosi's years of growing up with a political family and her knowledge of how to persuade others to what she believes is the correct agenda show her as tireless and instrumental in many roles. This is a valuable book for insights for This in-depth book about the life of Nancy Pelosi details the impact of her background on her path to becoming Speaker of the House. The author writes of Pelosi's understanding of how to influence people in powerful positions to come to the decisions she deems right. Pelosi's years of growing up with a political family and her knowledge of how to persuade others to what she believes is the correct agenda show her as tireless and instrumental in many roles. This is a valuable book for insights for anyone interested in pursuing a career in politics.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joni

    This book was chock full of good information and insight into one of the most formidable politicians of our time. My only complaint is that I didn't particularly care for the writing style. The author jumped around a lot rather than writing chronologically, which got confusing at times. Susan Page writes like a reporter (because she is a reporter), which is a bit dry at times. However, all in all, I found this to be a fascinating read. This book was chock full of good information and insight into one of the most formidable politicians of our time. My only complaint is that I didn't particularly care for the writing style. The author jumped around a lot rather than writing chronologically, which got confusing at times. Susan Page writes like a reporter (because she is a reporter), which is a bit dry at times. However, all in all, I found this to be a fascinating read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Azella Perryman

    Really interesting inside look into an iconic figure First few chapters of background and history were slow and felt overly detailed and not necessarily germane to her actual life. But once we got out of the gate, it define your picked up and was fun to read, especially right after finishing Obama’s A Promised Land. Hearing about those years from two different vantage points made for a good juxtaposition.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This was a very well researched and written book. I learned a lot about Speaker Pelosi, especially her early life. Susan Page spent numerous hours talking with Pelosi and it shows. It was amazing the things Page was able to uncover in her research and then ask Pelosi about. If you are interested in how Speaker Pelosi became first woman, and possibly the most powerful ever, Speaker of the House, you should read this book! 4.5/5

  26. 4 out of 5

    MARY L

    A biography of the first woman Speaker of the House. Born in Baltimore, the daughter of the mayor, Nancy learns what its like to be a politician. After having five children in six years, she moves to San Francisco where she becomes active in community affairs. In 1987, she wins a seat in the House. The book follows her career through 911 attack, Obama's Affordable Care Act, Trump's impeachment. and the pandemic. A biography of the first woman Speaker of the House. Born in Baltimore, the daughter of the mayor, Nancy learns what its like to be a politician. After having five children in six years, she moves to San Francisco where she becomes active in community affairs. In 1987, she wins a seat in the House. The book follows her career through 911 attack, Obama's Affordable Care Act, Trump's impeachment. and the pandemic.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katy Askeland

    I found this an excellent overview of how Congress operates and the vast challenges Nancy Pelosi has faced in her career. My only criticism of the book, and it is small, is the author bounced back and forth in time a little too much, making it a bit more difficult to follow than it could have been. Overall though, this is an interesting read and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the inner workings and deal-making of politics in today's America. I found this an excellent overview of how Congress operates and the vast challenges Nancy Pelosi has faced in her career. My only criticism of the book, and it is small, is the author bounced back and forth in time a little too much, making it a bit more difficult to follow than it could have been. Overall though, this is an interesting read and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the inner workings and deal-making of politics in today's America.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    “Don’t agonize; organize. No whining; just winning.” “Proper preparation prevents poor performance. … Having five children in six years & understanding the differences in personalities, from one to the next, is a real lesson, but also you become so disciplined in terms of schedule & use of time & respect for everyone’s needs that I think i’ma much different person coming out of raising my kids than I was going in.”

  29. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Terrinoni

    I’m not a fan of Nancy Pelosi, but this book is well written, thoroughly researched, and presented both the accomplishments and gaffes Pelosi has made along the way. In showing the political environment Pelosi grew up in, it explains a lot about who she is and why she runs things the way she does. Still not a fan, but I feel like I understand her a little better.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeff J.

    A sympathetic biography of Nancy Pelosi, written with the Speaker’s cooperation. She admirably has the courage of her convictions no matter how misguided. Unfortunately this leads to a partisan environment with little room for collaboration or cooperation. Nevertheless, she was a trailblazer for women in Congress and has had a consequential tenure.

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