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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Beard Narrator: Patricia Beard Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780061472879
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An authorized biography of the New Jersey governor and possible vice-presidential candidate is based on the author's interviews with Christine Todd Whitman, the governor's family and friends, and Whitman's personal documents and photos.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] brief, well-written [account].”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “For a culture careening from right to left in search of societal values, Patricia Beard offers the moral lessons learned by New Jersey politician Christine Todd Whitman during her formative years. ‘Family came first. Then came the farm....Then the community: other farmers and neighbors around Oldwick....The way my family, and many others, practiced politics grew out of this sense of interdependence,’ Whitman explains. Later, she invented the Republican National Committee’s Listening Program, in which she interviewed poor people, radicals, and others about their political positions. Whatever success Whitman attains, rest assured these lessons are a foundation not overburdened with the excess baggage of ideological polemics.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A hagiographic authorized bio of New Jersey’s governor, by her personal friend…One would be naïve to expect a hard-hitting critique of Whitman or her policies from this adulatory tract. Still, an appealing human portrait emerges of one of the nation’s most eminent governors.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The work is an intimate, well-written portrait of a successful female politician; simultaneously, one learns about the Republican party from her parents' days as activists in the 1950's to her participation today. While the author-reader clearly is not a professional actor, she gives an adequate reading, and the production quality is excellent.”


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About the Author

Patricia Beard is the author of After the Ball and hundreds of national magazine articles. She has been an editor at Elle, Town & Country, and Mirabella. Beard lives in upstate New York.