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Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power

Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power

by Susan Page


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The definitive biography of Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful woman in American political history, written by New York Times bestselling author and USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.

Featuring more than 150 exclusive interviews with those who know her best—and a series of in-depth, news-making interviews with Pelosi herself—MADAM SPEAKER is unprecedented in the scope of its exploration of Nancy Pelosi’s remarkable life and of her indelible impact on American politics.
Before she was Nancy Pelosi, she was Nancy D’Alesandro. Her father was a big-city mayor and her mother his political organizer; when she encouraged her young daughter to become a nun, Nancy told her mother that being a priest sounded more appealing. She didn’t begin running for office until she was forty-six years old, her five children mostly out of the nest. With that, she found her calling.
Nancy Pelosi has lived on the cutting edge of the revolution in both women’s roles and in the nation’s movement to a fiercer and more polarized politics. She has established herself as a crucial friend or formidable foe to U.S. presidents, a master legislator, and an indefatigable political warrior. She took on the Democratic establishment to become the first female Speaker of the House, then battled rivals on the left and right to consolidate her power. She has soared in the sharp-edged inside game of politics, though she has struggled in the outside game—demonized by conservatives, second-guessed by progressives, and routinely underestimated by nearly everyone.
All of this was preparation for the most historic challenge she would ever face, at a time she had been privately planning her retirement. When Donald Trump was elected to the White House, Nancy Pelosi became the Democratic counterpart best able to stand up to the disruptive president and to get under his skin. The battle between Trump and Pelosi, chronicled in this book with behind-the-scenes details and revelations, stands to be the titanic political struggle of our time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538750698
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/20/2021
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 42,486
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Susan Page is the award-winning Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. Susan has covered seven White House administrations and eleven presidential elections. She has interviewed the past ten presidents and reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries. In 2020, she moderated the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. Her first book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, was an instant New York Times bestseller. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Change of Plans 1

Chapter 1 Tommy the Elder and Big Nancy 17

Chapter 2 Welcome to America 35

Chapter 3 Little Nancy and the Favor File 44

Chapter 4 Scandal 63

Chapter 5 A View of the Capitol 78

Chapter 6 "Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance" 94

Chapter 7 Runway 111

Chapter 8 Sala 126

Chapter 9 Earthquake 149

Chapter 10 "I Don't Think These Boys Know How to Win" 167

Chapter 11 War 182

Chapter 12 Leader 194

Chapter 13 Meltdown 207

Chapter 14 PelosiCare 223

Chapter 15 Back in the Wilderness 244

Chapter 16 Pelosi v. Trump: Round One 260

Chapter 17 The Speaker and the Squad 279

Chapter 18 "You Have Come into My Wheelhouse" 298

Chapter 19 The Coronavirus Campaign 324

Epilogue: The Lessons of Power 346

Acknowledgments 361

Notes 363

Interviews 429

Bibliography 433

Index 439

About the Author 453

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