What a Party!: My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators and Other Wild Animals

What a Party My Life Among Democrats Presidents Candidates Donors Activists Alligators and Other Wild Animals I thought I knew Terry McAuliffe as well as anyone but this time he surprised even me Who knew Terry could sit still long enough to give us a book this good What a Party is a must read for all of us

  • Title: What a Party!: My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators and Other Wild Animals
  • Author: Terry McAuliffe
  • ISBN: What a Party!: My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators and Other Wild Animals
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  • Page: 288
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  • I thought I knew Terry McAuliffe as well as anyone, but this time he surprised even me Who knew Terry could sit still long enough to give us a book this good What a Party is a must read for all of us who love politics, believe in public service, and know that laughter is often the best survival strategy President Bill Clinton No one knows about American poli I thought I knew Terry McAuliffe as well as anyone, but this time he surprised even me Who knew Terry could sit still long enough to give us a book this good What a Party is a must read for all of us who love politics, believe in public service, and know that laughter is often the best survival strategy President Bill Clinton No one knows about American politics than Terry McAuliffe He givesus some remarkable insights and knows how to make his accounts both humorousand informative President Jimmy Carter I ve often said Terry s energy could light up a city, and readers of this book will know why Terry s excitement for politics and life is evident on every page Senator Hillary Clinton For than twenty five years, Terry McAuliffe has been at the epicenter of American politics Just out of Catholic University in Washington, Terry took a position with the Carter Mondale campaign and quickly became one of the campaign s chief fund raisers and hasn t looked back since The list of Terrys former mentors, friends, and close associates in the nation s capital reads like a who s who of legendary Democrats Tip O Neill Jimmy Carter Dick Gephardt Bill Clinton Hillary Clinton Al Gore The list goes on and on Terry has fought hard for the Democratic Party his entire life and, as Bill Clinton reveals here for the first time, he was the first one in the party to see opportunity in the Republican gains in the 1994 Congressional elections Without question the most successful fund raiser in political history, Terry established himself as a heavyweight Democratic strategist and leader who was George W Bushs most vocal and persistent critic during the first four years of the Bush 43 presidency He earned rave reviews even from former critics for his groundbreaking work as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, pulling the DNC out of debt for the first time in its history Terry has served as a confidant and adviser to President Clinton and countless presidential candidates, a mediator among party leaders, the chairman of a national convention and presidential inaugural, and a forceful spokesman for the party all without losing his reputation as a colorful, fun loving character liked and respected even by his Republican adversaries What a Party is a fascinating, hilarious, and provocative look at the life of one of Washington s legendary figures From wrestling an alligator to running the Democratic National Committee to his friendship with President Clinton, Terry McAuliffe s wonderful memoir covers it all and is, without doubt, the political book of the year Get A Copy Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 406 pages Published January 23rd 2007 by Thomas Dunne Books first published January 1st 2007 More Details Original Title What a Party My Life Among Democrats Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators and Other Wild Animals ISBN 0312357877 ISBN13 9780312357870 Edition Language English Other Editions 9 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about What a Party , please sign up

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.63 Rating details 159 ratings 25 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 23 More filters Sort order Dec 26, 2010 Adam rated it it was ok The subtitle of this book is not appropriate Instead, it should be What a Party How Terry McAuliffe Has Never, Ever Made a Single Mistake on a Matter of Any Real Importance. This reads like a caricature of a memoir, where the writer is a hero on every page and when bad things happen, it s always someone else s fault Did I mention that McAuliffe also seems to have had his friends and employees shill the book with a glowing review or three Apparently he forgot or just doesn t care that The subtitle of this book is not appropriate Instead, it should be What a Party How Terry McAuliffe Has Never, Ever Made a Single Mistake on a Matter of Any Real Importance. This reads like a caricature of a memoir, where the writer is a hero on every page and when bad things happen, it s always someone else s fault Did I mention that McAuliffe also seems to have had his friends and employees shill the book with a glowing review or three Apparently he forgot or just doesn t care that right there on page 350 something he noted that one Addisu S Demissie, proud owner of a 5 star review, is his trusted assistant and sometime driver It s also a fairly embarrassing co writing job on Kettmann s part, abetted by sloppy editing there are numerous typos and minor but obvious factual errors, like explaining that the Boxing Day earthquake of 2004 occurred on Christmas Eve.All that said, there are a handful of entertaining anecdotes here, but they mostly occur early on in the book As you might expect, the life of a fundraising genius just isn t all that interesting there seem to be only so many ways one can kiss the asses of very rich men Overall, worth a quick skim if you re interested in some of this inside baseball stuff Just make sure you have kosher salt on hand, because the grains you should take this book with need to be extra big flag 2 likesLike see review May 07, 2007 Naina rated it really liked it Shelves politics This book is hilarious Read it for the humor and don t focus on the politics It s a political beach read Great stories though on the Clinton years and honest reflection on issues with the Kerry campaign Also really interesting to hear from Terry himself about how he turned around the DNC Note this book is best for those who align themselves to the left although even republicans will find themselves chuckling at some of his stories like he seriously did wrestly an alligator to raise m This book is hilarious Read it for the humor and don t focus on the politics It s a political beach read Great stories though on the Clinton years and honest reflection on issues with the Kerry campaign Also really interesting to hear from Terry himself about how he turned around the DNC Note this book is best for those who align themselves to the left although even republicans will find themselves chuckling at some of his stories like he seriously did wrestly an alligator to raise money flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 10, 2015 Steve Comstock rated it it was ok Shelves biography memoir, political and social issues McAuliffe s memoirs are rollicking and energetic Of course he is pretty partisan, critical of the Bush administration and Republicans in general, which is to be expected from a former DNC chairman He does not spend much time on policy discussion, but formats the book in a fast paced storytelling style His energy pops right off the page This is a great read for political junkies who want a behind the scenes look at the nuts and bolts of campaign work flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 02, 2008 Josh rated it liked it Shelves politics, biography Kind of a fun read McAuliffe is a natural storyteller, in the classic tradition, which means you re never entirely sure how much of the story is pure BS He s very difficult not to like, despite the naked egotism, false humility, and so forth It s an interesting look into how you can become a real power player in U.S politics as well flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 21, 2008 Ian rated it really liked it a easy read and interesting look at a Clinton insider flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 05, 2008 Colin Cox rated it it was ok Didn t finish reading it I got the point early on about how important Terry McAuliffe is flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 09, 2017 Ngiste rated it really liked it review of another edition Very entertaining flag Like see review Dec 06, 2011 Christopher rated it really liked it Shelves biography memoir An interesting book filled with fascinating stories about what it takes to be a money man in Democratic politics, even if you have to wrestle alligators and have little family time Many of his stories are lively and interesting and he tells them with much vim and verve His passion for principles is also an undeniable driving force of many of his tales I gave this book only four stars though because of two things shamelessness and chronology He is absolutely shameless about making anybody in An interesting book filled with fascinating stories about what it takes to be a money man in Democratic politics, even if you have to wrestle alligators and have little family time Many of his stories are lively and interesting and he tells them with much vim and verve His passion for principles is also an undeniable driving force of many of his tales I gave this book only four stars though because of two things shamelessness and chronology He is absolutely shameless about making anybody in the Republican camp uncomfortable or downright angry, like when he gave then Senator Fred Thompson a hard time on his campaign finance reform committee s problems or when he sat behind First Lady Laura Bush and her daughters during the first 2004 presidential debates, which sent the Bush ladies into a bit of nervous gossip and the President into a tantrum that delayed the debates for several minutes Not necessarily an endearing quality to the man There is also the problem of chronology The first part of his book on his childhood seems to jump back and forth many times leaving readers unable to know when exactly things happened Not to mention he completely skipped over the 2002 Congressional elections, which the Democrats got worked over in Overall, an interesting read for anyone who is interested in the Democratic party and its history for the past quarter century flag Like see review Jun 14, 2007 Holly rated it really liked it Recommends it for Die Hard Democrats Only This is the most partisan book I have ever read, and it was pretty fun Terry is arrogant in a charming way you have to roll your eyes when he insists that he predicted everything that has ever happened in politics and that he is responsible for most of the good and none of the bad Also, he must have kept a log of how late he stayed up each night because that detail was on nearly every page Bizarre Tons of great behind the scenes stories about the Clintons and the recent presidential cam This is the most partisan book I have ever read, and it was pretty fun Terry is arrogant in a charming way you have to roll your eyes when he insists that he predicted everything that has ever happened in politics and that he is responsible for most of the good and none of the bad Also, he must have kept a log of how late he stayed up each night because that detail was on nearly every page Bizarre Tons of great behind the scenes stories about the Clintons and the recent presidential campaign trails and conventions flag Like see review Jan 09, 2008 Ilona rated it it was ok An entertaining book about McAuliffe s path to his involvement in the Democratic party I enjoyed his stories especially the one about having to wrestle an alligator for money However, it got boring at times, and had to skip over some parts to sustain my interest Also, if you don t like him, the Democrats or the Clintons, don t even bother reading this he comes off as very self involved unless he is praising Bill and Hillary flag Like see review Sep 22, 2007 Karen rated it liked it Pure fun for any Democrat looking for the inside scoop from the former head of the DNC lots of stories and remembrances and silly stuff You aren t going to find anything heavy or controversial here just lots of info about the exploits of consummate Democratic insider and friend of the Clintons flag Like see review Feb 26, 2013 Dayla rated it really liked it Shelves politics I liked this book because Terry is was so close to the Clintons I especially liked the description of Bill Clinton when he would challenge someone at a game It sounds like he was unbeatable, especially at the NY Times crossword puzzles However, my sister, has become a crosswords puzzle champion of sorts I bet she could give Bill Clinton a run for his money flag Like see review Jul 25, 2007 Marie rated it really liked it Shelves politico An entertaining, motivating, and thought provoking book as is the 2000 election WTF were these people doing , thoroughly charming guy It s no wonder he gets people to hand over fistfuls of money I purchased 3 full priced books after hearing him speak And if that is not a testament to his ability, I don t know what is flag Like see review Apr 26, 2012 Evan Macbeth rated it really liked it It jumps around at the beginning, the name dropping is constant, and the pace is relentless In short, this is pretty much Terry McAuliffe s quintessence in book form I really liked it A fascinating and clearly one sided perspective on the last thirty years of Democratic politics, and definitely a necessary read for anyone who claims to understand them flag Like see review May 29, 2007 Ryan Naples rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves summer2007 Very light reading Too little of the book talked about his time as Chairman of the DNC, though probably because despite his best efforts, 2000 2004 was not the best time for the party It s nonetheless a pretty good read for a political junkie like say, me or Suzanne Globetti flag Like see review Feb 25, 2008 Dominic rated it really liked it Recommends it for political junkies Terry McAulliffe s book is somewhat self serving, which is something he even admits to in the book Nevertheless, it is an interesting and insightful book I particularly liked McAuliffe s insights on the Clintons, failures of the Kerry presidential campaign, and modernizing the DNC flag Like see review Jun 22, 2011 Johan Sulaiman rated it liked it Shelves business, contemporary, politics, insider account I lean towards R than D, but this is a fun book filled with insider anecdotes about the life of a Democratic fundraiser His rise to fortune is also an inspiration, as well as educational Terry sounds like a really good person to know and watch flag Like see review May 22, 2007 Amy rated it really liked it Shelves politics Kind of a kiss tell for the political set Lots of name dropping of world leaders which is kind of interesting Offers great insights into the wild world of political fundraising If you re not a Dem, don t bother flag Like see review Sep 05, 2007 Mary Grogan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for Democrates The book reads like a history lesson so you not only learn about McAuliffe s life growing up with a political father but also how campaignes are run and won flag Like see review Sep 13, 2013 Laurel Snode rated it it was ok He is a real player, and I kind of liked him flag Like see review Oct 23, 2007 Paola Moll rated it liked it Shelves politics I ve always thought this guy was hilarious, and it definitely came across in the tone of the book A good read for someone who wants to be a political operative fund raiser flag Like see review Mar 13, 2007 Irene rated it really liked it A book of anecdotes from fundraising guru to the Dems flag Like see review Jun 06, 2010 Molly S rated it it was amazing What a fun book flag Like see review Dec 04, 2011 G Crawshaw rated it really liked it Great audiobook As always with political books, entirely partisan but in a fun interesting way flag Like see review Chris rated it really liked it Feb 28, 2014 Grace Novak rated it it was ok Mar 21, 2015 Amit rated it really liked it Feb 09, 2017 Sarah Scully rated it it was ok May 24, 2007 karl taylor rated it really liked it Apr 04, 2015 Chris Case rated it it was amazing Jan 21, 2018 previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Politics 16 users Biography Memoir 3 users Biography 2 users Nonfiction 2 users Business 2 users See top shelves About Terry McAuliffe Terry McAuliffe 2 followers Books by Terry McAuliffe More Trivia About What a Party My No trivia or quizzes yet 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