"This book is a gemmodest and moving, clear and unpretentious. It gives the kind of practical and even ethical advice everyone starting out needs, but it's also funny and full of great stories. Dana is a true role model."Peggy Noonan"
A lovely memoir, both charming and wise, studded with invaluable life lessons garnered on her fascinating journey to the highest levels of media and government. A wonderful read."Charles Krauthammer"
Part autobiography, part memoir of a press secretary in the White House, part career and life guidance, and part appeal to civility, Dana Perino's AND THE GOOD NEWS IS... is all parts captivating."Donna Brazile"
With this delightful blend of the political, personal, and professional, Dana Perino gives us a useful glimpse into one of the most remarkable workplaces in the world, the White House. Political junkies will revel in her insider tales but every reader will come away knowing more about the human dimension of working in the most powerful place on the planet."Mike McCurry, former White House Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton"
Congrats to Dana Perino! It's a great read, BTW. Little House on the Prairie meets West Wing."Chris Stirewalt, Digital Politics Editor, Fox News"
This book is perfect for anyone interested in politics, media or simply advice about taking courageous chances in life, love and work. Dana has written a book that is as accessible for those who are just starting out on their career path as for those who are long-time students of current events and history."Julie Roginsky, Fox News Contributor"
The book is a study in character, and why surrounding one's self with people of good character (from Dana's husband, parents and grandparents to Tony Snow and George W. Bush) leads to a life well lived."Doug Brunt, author of The Means and Ghosts of Manhattan"
If you want to be inspired by a successful woman who goes from ranching in the West, to the White House, to helping in Africa, to a fine marriage and a loving dog, you will find it in this book. You will also find the kind of honest advice about life, politics and the Presidency that makes you feel good. Now there's a rarity."Marlin Fitzwater, former White House Press Secretary to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush
Perino writes a buoyant, insightful memoir, describing her childhood in Denver; years in the George W. Bush administration, in which she served as press secretary from 2007 to 2009; and her success as a TV pundit. She also gives excellent advice for those aspiring to media careers. (LJ Prepub Alert, 10/20/14)
Fox News commentator Perino, co-host of The Five, spreads sunshine in a book from which even Fox News haters could extract some useful nuggets.Before the hackles rise, let it be known that we're violating one of the no-no's she advances in this combination of memoir and update of Miss Manners for our time: Instead of saying, "I hated everything about the Bush Administration, but I like you," she counsels, we should say, "You were a good press secretary." Yes: She's that Dana Perino, still selling a Bush-Cheney agenda while lamenting the incivility and partisan divisions of Washington: "We've gone from being the confident leader of the free world to bickering about every living thing under the sun." In her favor, she does allow that Republicans are sharper-tongued and meaner to each other than Democrats are to them—but, she adds brightly, "That's okay—it makes us smarter and better at what we do." Ever political, Perino would seem to want it both ways, though, to her credit, her relentless cheerfulness will make readers wish that politicians of every bent were just a little kinder to each other. And besides, she notes, the left indulges in name-calling, too. Probably, the left would do even more, and Harry Reid would be meaner than he is, had it a machine the like of Fox News, but that's another matter for another day. For the time being, and again to her credit, the author allows that it's a fair criticism to say that she's part of the problem—"or if not me specifically," she amends, "then cable news and talk radio." "A pet peeve of mine is with people who give backhanded compliments." So: The best memoir and etiquette guide manqué we have by "the first and only Republican woman" to serve as White House press secretary. Now be nice.