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Thoroughly enjoyable. Especially valuable to anyone interested in Christians and women in politics. Dec 22, Karol rated it really liked it Shelves: owned , read-in I have had this book on my shelves for quite awhile. There were parts of the book that were a little long - laundry lists of people and tasks, especially early in the book. As the author delved into her role in the Bush campaigns for governor of Texas and then president of the United States, it became more interesti I have had this book on my shelves for quite awhile.

As the author delved into her role in the Bush campaigns for governor of Texas and then president of the United States, it became more interesting to me. Karen Hughes made the campaign trail come alive, and I learned more than I expected about what it is like to live through one of those for those who are deeply involved at the highest levels. Life in the White House came alive for me, too, as she described the pace and the types of debate and decisions that are a part of everyday life. A life that really does age every person who holds the title of president far beyond the 4 or 8 years that they are in office.

But mostly, this is a book about the challenges of balancing family and career by a woman who is clearly not merely ambitious, but driven.

The author shares some deeply personal stuff and shows her failures in this area as well as the special efforts she made to try and be present in her husband and son's lives. It is also a book about faith and personal growth, and how to make the really tough decisions. I wouldn't say that the book is essentially partisan, although the author does explain why she is a Republican.

However, it is written from a viewpoint that is highly loyal to George W. Leaders cannot be effective without an inner circle that has that degree of loyalty, so while others may be free to debate the pros and cons of the Bush administration, I applaud Karen for being loyal not just to the president, but to the nation she so strongly wanted to serve.

I realize I just called the author "Karen" as if I know her personally. Her book seems open and honest, and I hope that it really is. Strong, loyal, faith-filled, respectful, and concerned about doing the right thing - just the kind of person I can admire and learn from and would love to have as a friend.

Jun 16, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: biography-or-memoir. Intriguing woman who was closer to President Bush during his Texas governorship and early White House years than almost anyone else. Real testament to the American ideal that anyone can grow up to be anything. She honestly and thoroughly chronicled her struggles to balance career and family - just about every woman and man should identify with those frequently agonizing decisions.

Hughes also highlighted the difference between events themselves and how those events can be portrayed in the m Intriguing woman who was closer to President Bush during his Texas governorship and early White House years than almost anyone else.

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Hughes also highlighted the difference between events themselves and how those events can be portrayed in the media. She was especially perceptive, I felt, as she started out her career as a reporter. Her advice: "listen to what our leaders actually say, rather than what the reporters say about what they say.

Naturally, she painted a very positive and sympathetic portrait of President Bush - I wouldn't have expected anything else from a longtime friend of his. I appreciated the anecdotes she shared to illustrate her points. For more book reviews, visit my blog, Build Enough Bookshelves.

I found the sincerity of GWB heart warming and genuine. Karen I was utterly disappointed with. You have the opportunity of a lifetime a pole position people train for, prepare there whole lives for and never attain. I feel like she sets women back by 50 years with her sniveling account of her time in this amazing position. My take away She talks about how nice everyone was to her and how much they all loved her.

I feel like she's trying to justify her side but the quitting is inexcusable.

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I wo I found the sincerity of GWB heart warming and genuine. I wonder how much they were singing her praises after she left. Can't help but think if George had someone else Karen you did this for your child I hope or Chelsea Clinton doesn't reading this book but what did you teach him? We fight for so much And you just validated reasons why we don't get opportunities in a man's world.

Jan 10, Christina rated it liked it Shelves: This is a very detailed and through memoir, starting with Karen's childhood and running through her 18 month term in the White House. I enjoyed some of the details, especially of the presidential campaign and the events of September In most other places, it was almost too detailed and I ended up having to skim some parts. Karen is a strong Christian and it was interesting to see how her faith affected her decisions, especially her return to Texas.

If you enjoy reading about how the White Hou This is a very detailed and through memoir, starting with Karen's childhood and running through her 18 month term in the White House. If you enjoy reading about how the White House functions on a daily basis or are a fan of "The West Wing" , you will probably enjoy this book. And of course this book left me wanting to read the highly anticipated memoirs of Condi Rice, not expected to be published until late Mar 18, Cate rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction.

Fascinating read from a definite GWB insider and very loyal one, so keep that in mind. The only way to get any sense of balance on GWB is to read first-hand accounts, versus Bush-bashing "objective" journalism, so this is one of those sources that gives some perspective on how things really went down.

Of course, you always have to keep in mind that one's perspective is always different when you're on the inside. I doubt Hughes would've said Fascinating read from a definite GWB insider and very loyal one, so keep that in mind. I doubt Hughes would've said anything critical of GWB, although I have no doubt she disagreed with things he said or did.

I didn't realize Hughes was a Christian so I appreciated her openness in that area. It's always inspiring to find out some presidential advisors have a moral backbone. Feb 20, Kelsey rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. This book is Karen Hughes' autobiography. Hughes was one of President Bush's closest advisers who left the White House to put her family first which is why I picked the book up in the first place.

While this book is about Karen Hughes, because she worked so closely with President Bush, it can't help but give an insider's perspective on the President and his administration.

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I loved the author's account of several various events that I recall hearing about on the news, but now I had the story fr This book is Karen Hughes' autobiography. I loved the author's account of several various events that I recall hearing about on the news, but now I had the story from a different perspective. Also, Karen Hughes just has an interesting voice and is not afraid of being who she is. Aug 13, Plschaus rated it liked it. Not sure why I bought this book, because it sat on my shelf for a long time, but once I started it I found it interesting. It made me wonder what I would do in under those circumstances.

Would I give up the power and recognition because my child was unhappy? Karen Hughes balanced all of these things the best she could while remaining President Bush's chief Counselor. It also gave a different perspective to the Bush years. What was Not sure why I bought this book, because it sat on my shelf for a long time, but once I started it I found it interesting. What was he really like and what was his reasoning for the choices he made during his presidency. Aug 20, Becky rated it really liked it.

This was a very insightful look into one of the highest positions in the US Government. Karen Hughes is a smart woman, and was one of the closest advisors to George W Bush during his time at the White House, and before. If you don't like "Dubya", you won't like this book. Karen Hughes clearly admires the man and there isn't a harsh word about him or his administration.

I enjoyed this book as it made the George W Bush seem even more real and personable than I'd already gathered from other things This was a very insightful look into one of the highest positions in the US Government. I enjoyed this book as it made the George W Bush seem even more real and personable than I'd already gathered from other things I've read or heard about him.

Apr 11, J. Ewbank rated it liked it Shelves: political. Occasionally I read one of these political books just to see what they think if going on etc.

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This book is worth the read and the effort. I found it to be an interesting book because of the information it gives, but would not get entirely wrapped up in any political book beause most of them are pretty well slanted to their point of view. Feb 18, Jane rated it really liked it. I picked this book up because I was intrigued by the fact that Karen was right-hand "man" to George Bush, who I voted for for President.

I wanted to get a glimpse into his real personality. I was not disappointed. I learned that George and Laura Bush are kind and caring people, people of integrity, and people of faith. Karen Hughes is also. I just had the opportunity to meet her at a women's event in Utah. She is amazing. May 16, Brigitta rated it liked it. As a person not having an anti-Bush bias, this book was really not as awful as people are saying. It is a good look at how many different paths there are to the inner circle of politics.

I loved how she gave up her high position to spend time with her family, something that is not the usual, all or nothing, rise to the top career mentality. Like a laundry list of her daily activities! She's supposed to be a writer! This is the book which defined a whole new set of rules for Book Club: 1.

The host must have already read the book. BTW, I couldn't stand to finish it! Mar 26, April rated it it was amazing Shelves: politics-election. It's rare in today's world to find anyone who would give up their job for the sake of their children's happiness but that is exactly what Karen Hughes did when she left her job as a counselor to George W.

Bush in This book is about her struggles to balance a personal life with a demanding job and deciding that it would not be possible. Aug 13, Julie marked it as to-read. I started reading this book over a year ago What I read of it was a good autobiography of Bush's adviser Karen Hughes Aug 06, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: biography-memoirs , didnt-finish.

This is one I'd like to get back to eventually.

April 2005

Meanwhile, Democrats charged that Republicans were mismanaging the process and being too partisan, and they denounced J. Republican Congressman K and some watchdog budget groups suggested that Washington cut other spending to pay for all this, but no one really listened. This is Reporter E, live in Washington, back to you in the studio. The naming of a reconstruction czar -- although if it is not a Gang favorite like Giuliani or Powell, the choice will be a serious letdown.


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The axing of Mike "Brownie" Brown -- and if you are a political appointee at FEMA and you padded your resume, we suggest you, uhm, start polishing up your resume. The delivery of a primetime presidential address with soaring Mike Gerson flourishes -- although Karen Hughes will re-edit it, presumably. There will be pm ET press availability. Though there will be no roll call votes in the Senate today, Senators will resume consideration of the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill.

Judge Roberts has a meeting and photo-op with Sen. Martinez R-FL today. The "Even Judy Keen and Richard Benedetto Rule" kicks in, with a USA Today news analysis questioning whether too much Yankee reserve remains in the Texas boy for him to show sufficient emotion and compassion at times of national crisis.

Cheney expressed little emotion at what he had witnessed, instead taking the pragmatic problem-solver tack," writes the New York Times Jodi Wilgoren of the Vice President's visit to the region. The profanity being hurled the Vice President's way from a passerby during a rare live press availability certainly made for a memorable moment. However, it was Mrs. Cheney's interview on Fox immediately following her husband's press avail that made us chuckle most. However, when Smith started pressing Mrs. Cheney on political questions about Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Reid's reaction to the Joint Committee investigation he was met with.

Time Magazine looks at the ways in which FEMA Director Mike Brown allegedly padded his resume to make it appear that he had more emergency management experience than he actually did. The facts on this one still need to be sorted out, and presumably will be by pm ET tonight.

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Sounding an awful lot like Sen. The New York Times looks at the Blanco-Bush standoff and how "practicality and politics" played major roles in navigating the federal vs. And here's a blind quote to relish: "'Can you imagine how it would have been perceived if a president of the United States of one party had preemptively taken from the female governor of another party the command and control of her forces, unless the security situation made it completely clear that she was unable to effectively execute her command authority and that lawlessness was the inevitable result?

The Wall Street Journal's McKinnon has a similar story, which concludes thusly: "When the two leaders toured an evacuee center in Baton Rouge, they worked different parts of the room. Some Republicans say privately that continuing cool relations between Mr. Bush and Gov. Blanco have contributed to discussions of setting up a public corporation to administer long-term relief and reconstruction funds for the region. We are still only seeing the top of the iceberg about what the Bush high command thinks of the job the Governor and the Mayor did in the early days.

It's hard to get at this stuff, however, when there is such reluctance to play the blame game. Or whatever. Sessions and Gregg. Mary Landrieu's "shell-shocked bearing" on her first-day back in the Senate. We have to look at it all. Tom Coburn R-OK , outside of quotation marks, saying that "the president has failed a test of leadership by not including spending cuts to pay for part of the spending.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Carolyn Lochhead on the Big Casino dimension: "Farm-state lawmakers are urging aid for drought-plagued Midwest farmers who cannot get their crops to market through the Port of New Orleans. Business lobbyists are pushing for long-sought tax cuts as an economic stimulus. Lawmakers from neighboring Texas are asking for help to pay for housing and schooling for storm evacuees. President Bush signed a proclamation suspending the minimum labor standards contained in the Davis-Bacon Act for construction projects in the affected areas of the Gulf Coast region, prompting AFL-CIO President John Sweeney to accuse the White House of "taking advantage of a national tragedy" to get rid of a protection for workers that the President's "corporate backers" have "long wanted to remove.

The Davis-Bacon Act set certain minimum labor standards for workers employed in federal contract construction: notably, that contractors must pay their employees not less than the locally prevailing wage for the various crafts in four different types of construction -- commercial buildings, highways, residential, and heavy construction. Suspending Davis-Bacon will allow federal contractors in the region to pay below that level.

Per the Wall Street Journal Online forecasting survey, "Hurricane Katrina is likely to slow growth and boost inflation pressures in the second half of this year, economists believe. But the economy could receive a modest boost early next year amid recovery efforts on the Gulf Coast. Economists pared U. On both sides of the aisle, presidential hopefuls are using the contretemps to push pet projects, grab some spotlight, and to return to rhetorical mainstays. George Allen R-VA called for suspending those Davis-Bacon labor rules and permanently changing requirements on gasoline blends aimed at meeting air quality standards.

Chuck Hagel R-NE said Katrina "may require an outside commission to not only do it right, but to assure that Americans trust the results. Evan Bayh D-IN , true to his Third Way self, is taking to the Senate floor to say that the federal response "can't be big government, but it also cannot be no government.