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Ten Minutes from Normal
Ten Minutes from Normal
Author: Karen Hughes
ISBN-13: 9780670033058
ISBN-10: 0670033057
Publication Date: 3/30/2004
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Viking Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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Karen Hughes traveled with President Bush and during campaigns and decided to write a book about the experiences she had during those years. It is a delightful and fun to read book about things that happen on that trail, good, bad, funny or intense. Enjoyable reading.
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Hughes, who surprised the political world by leaving her post as counselor to President Bush in July 2002, to pursue a more normal family life in Texas, here offers a relentlessly upbeat account of life as Bushs chief communications strategist. Hughes begins by detailing her upbringing as an army brat, her career as a TV reporter in Texas and her entry into politics as a press officer for the 1984 Reagan presidential campaign. The heart of the story is her relationship with Bush ("my boss"), whom she has served since his 1994 campaign for governor of Texas. Hughes praises Bushs "laser-like" mind, humble spirit and moral courage; she also praises almost everyone else in the administration, including political strategist Karl Rove, with whom she was reported to have frequently sparred. And not surprisingly for a famously disciplined, on-message spokesperson, she directs her most pointed barbs at those who leak information to the press. While Hughes doesnt offer a balanced take on Bush and company, then, she does offer something equally tantalizinga deep insiders take on what it is like to work at the side of the most powerful man in the world. She also provides Bush fans with a well-crafted, robust paean to the president. And both these reasons are why this book has found a place on major national bestseller lists.
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I am and will always be a moderate Democrat, yet this lady of power has and will forever hold a place in my heart, she is humble, diligent in her cause, and knows how to get things done, when she left, the Country lost a great force of hope.
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Interesting insights from a key player inside the Bush administration
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An easy read. Detailed the inner workings of the Bush administration but it could be any administration. It's a busy life in the White House. Glad I read the book.