Love & War

Love & War

Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

Book - 2013
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"For twenty years, James Carville and Mary Matalin have held the mantle of the nation's most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking All's Fair : Love, War, and Running for President, Carville and Matalin take a look at how they--and America--have changed in the last two decades. If nothing else, this new collaboration proves that after twenty years of marriage they can still manage to agree on a few things. Love & War traces, in their two distinct voices, James and Mary's story from the end of the 1992 presidential campaign--where he managed Bill Clinton's electoral triumph while she suffered defeat as George H.W. Bush's key strategist--till now. Mary focuses on issues of family, faith, and foreign enemies and offers insights from her kitchen table as well as the White House Cabinet Room, while James's concentration is politics and love--the triumphant and troubled Clinton era, George W. Bush's complicated presidency, the election of Barack Obama, the rise of the corrosive partisanship that dominates political life in Washington today, and the overriding abiding romance he holds for his native Louisiana and his wife and children. Together, the Carville-Matalins reflect on raising two daughters in the pressure cooker of the nation's capital, and their momentous 2008 decision to leave D.C. and move their family to New Orleans. Post-Katrina, James and Mary's efforts to rebuild and promote that city have become a central part of their lives--and a poignant metaphor for moving the nation forward. A fascinating look at the last two decades in American politics and an intimate, quick-witted primer on grown-up relationships and values, Love & War provides unprecedented insight into one of our nation's most intriguing and powerful couples. With their natural charm and sharp intelligence, Carville and Matalin have written undoubtedly the most spirited memoir of the year"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2013]
ISBN: 9780399167249
0399167242
Characteristics: 336, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Matalin, Mary All's fair
Matalin, Mary

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kakacurt
Dec 08, 2015

I felt the need to read a book about Carville after attending a talk given by him. Although I am not politically inclined, this is the best book. It enlightened and educated me about the authors and the world of politics. Moreover, it showed me how all things are connected in life. Very impressive book. I would highly recommend to to everyone even if you are not interested in politics as I did not think that I was. A non-partisan book.

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kaymul
Mar 27, 2014

This is about unconditional love at its very best. Written with great frankness and sincerity by two strong personalities. Some sections left me in awe; they figured out what to overlook about the other and what things just festered but ultimately passed. I enjoyed every page.

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beckythecat1
Mar 11, 2014

I am only half way through and I am laughing and nodding about how much this marriage is like mine.

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StarGladiator
Jan 28, 2014

Normally I would not comment on this book, so as not to draw attention to it, but since "howiecat" did, and it's in the queue, his comment is telling: people with such "diverse views" can't stay together; Carville is a rightwinger, and his wife an extreme rightwinger - - how anyone is still clueless about this is really mind-boggling! Much the same as those hopeless union nimrods in Wisconsin who cheered Bill Clinton when he came to give a speech during the recall election of their governor, Walker, for moving to kill bargaining rights and turning Wisconsin into a "right-to-work" state (anti-worker, anti-union state status). Bill Clinton, as governor of Arkansas, helped turn that state into a "right-to-work" state - - evidently those union nimrods are crazy, and judging from the second election results, the same percentage of union households (40%) once again voted for Gov. Walker, I am right!

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howiecat
Jan 28, 2014

Loved it, but am interested in James and Mary's ability to keep a relationship with such diverse views. I found the insight about their relationship fascinating. Also, to hear about New Orleans and why they moved back, the
people they know, places they go. As always James is so much more direct and interesting then Mary's but the fact they found each other in middle age and made this incredible life is really worth reading about.

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