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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (180 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Pelosi, Amy Hill Hearth Narrator: Nancy Pelosi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9780739377109
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“Never losing faith, we waited through the many years of struggle to achieve our rights. But women weren't just waiting; women were working. Never losing faith, we worked to redeem the promise of America, that all men and women are created equal. For our daughters and our granddaughters today we have broken the marble ceiling. For our daughters and our granddaughters now the sky is the limit.” —Nancy Pelosi, after being sworn in as Speaker of the House

When Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the House, she made history. She gavelled the House to order that day on behalf of all of America’s children and said, “We have made history, now let us make progress.” Now she continues to inspire women everywhere in this thought-provoking collection of wise words—her own and those of the important people who played pivotal roles in her journey. 

In these pages, she encourages mothers and grandmothers, daughters and granddaughters to never lose faith, to speak out and make their voices heard, to focus on what matters most and follow their dreams wherever they may lead. Perhaps the Speaker says it best herself in the Preface: “I find it humbling and deeply moving when women and girls approach me, looking for insight and advice. If women can learn from me, in the same way I learned from the women who came before me, it will make the honor of being Speaker of the House even more meaningful.”

This is a truly special book to share with all the women you know. It is a keepsake to turn to again and again, whenever you need to be reminded that anything is possible when you know your power.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [A] graceful personal and political history... A gentle account from a tough politician. Publishers Weekly
  • Readers will appreciate the spirit, the sincerity, and the context of the message delivered by one of the most powerful women in the nation. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/29/2014

    " This book was fine. I read it on the plane back from Denver. It is a fast and easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/25/2014

    " Short Biography of sorts from Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Given the references to her home town of Baltimore, also my hometown, it brings back memories from childhood on the Baltimore of many years ago. Interesting spin on being a woman is a traditionally man's political world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jodi | 1/21/2014

    " I was expecting more inspiration. Just a memoir listing the details of her (well-off) upbringing. Title is deceiving. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kara | 1/15/2014

    " Not impressed. I had only two take aways from the book and the first was don't get into your career until your children are fully grown. So, not realistic in my mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 1/12/2014

    " I was very interested to read a book written by a professionally successful mother where she stated from the beginning that her biggest accomplishment is that of being a wife and mother. Although I greatly disagree with her politics I was reminded of the importance of how we as mother's present ourselves to our children. I believe that there are seasons in life for everything we'd like to accomplish and currently my focus is on my children. Nancy Pelosi seems to feel the same way but mentions ways that she continued to contribute to things she felt passionately about without having to give up any moment of motherhood. She had her children help her stuff envelopes and they delivered fliers together as a family. She hosted events in her home and taught her children from a young age to be involved and to care. I enjoyed this book if only for that reason. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/10/2014

    " I really liked a radio review I heard on this. There were some good sections that encouraged mothering and marriage and women getting involved. However, I was a little disappointed in what I felt were attacks on men, past government leaders, and republicans (I guess I must be one). Also, it suggests that women need more daycare options so that they can be involved in government rather than at home with the kids...wait a minute, I thought she was saying that her stay-at-home mothering was what prepared her to do what she is now doing?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/8/2014

    " Great book on her rise thru politics and government. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tara | 1/8/2014

    " Very perochial. I did not feel like this was the real story, it seemed very glossed over and fabricated for political reasons. Once I got to her explaining her political stance I was disgusted. I lost a lot of respect for her after reading this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynette | 12/26/2013

    " A little disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Edge | 12/24/2013

    " Great book, well written, teachs to never loose faith in what you believe and set out to get done, point well taken that education is a must for all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora Covrett | 12/22/2013

    " Very good book. Gave me a new respect for Nancy Pelosi. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margie Frazer | 12/6/2013

    " I liked Nancy Pelosi better before I read this book. It is all about how a well-connected woman with plenty of money made it big in politics. Very little in the way of life-advice for the young. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Bartkowski | 11/25/2013

    " Interesting that I would choose to listen to this book during a critical time in the House of Representatives. This is a book all young women need to read to get an understanding of the stages of life and how much you can accomplish. Choose wisely! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Walbridge | 11/24/2013

    " Don't be misled by the title; this is basically just a chatty autobiography, skimming the surface of NP's rise to power. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn Mckendry | 9/17/2013

    " It was really more of an autobiography than giving advice to young women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 7/7/2013

    " A birthday gift from mom... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beverly | 10/1/2011

    " While this did have a couple of wise phrases to quote, all-in-all I was left feeling unsatisfied. It seemed to be more like just another autobiography of a politician explaining how she got to the point where she is today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 8/7/2011

    " I may not agree with her politics or her stance on government, but I really enjoyed the book and enjoyed reading about her life and belief and values of family and service and love of mankind. I'm glad I read it and I think I would like her personally, even if we wouldn't agree politically. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Issy | 6/29/2011

    " This was more like "know her power." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patty | 4/13/2011

    " A bit of personal history and encouraging for young women, but simplistic and not "meaty" enough for a biography or manifesto. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 4/4/2011

    " Was a bit disappointed. Thought it would be more inspirational than it was. I am a fan of Nancy Pelosi's and wanted to hear more of her thoughts, perceptions, advice, lessons learned. The book was more of a narrative about her life and path to Speaker of the House. Wanted more depth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pmanco | 2/22/2011

    " Pretty basic biography "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 9/9/2010

    " This would be a good book for high school girls. But it was nice to read about Nancy's life. Also she closes with some very nice thoughts about being involved and the the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 8/29/2010

    " It was really more of an autobiography than giving advice to young women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 2/8/2010

    " This would be a good book for high school girls. But it was nice to read about Nancy's life. Also she closes with some very nice thoughts about being involved and the the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/24/2009

    " Great book on her rise thru politics and government. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/12/2009

    " she been around famous people with power all her life and she looks up to her mom. her mom was an inspiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 5/24/2009

    " Don't be misled by the title; this is basically just a chatty autobiography, skimming the surface of NP's rise to power. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Issy | 5/12/2009

    " This was more like "know her power." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 4/16/2009

    " Ok. Kind of short. Not as much detail as I would have liked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/16/2009

    " Part biography, part political who's who, part inspirational message. I found her background information fascinating, the list of committees she's been on in the House less so. Overall, I'm glad I read it, but it's not the most engaging book. "

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About the Author
Author Nancy PelosiNANCY PELOSI became Speaker of the House in 2007 after serving twenty years in Congress. She and her husband, Paul, have been married for forty-five years. She is the mother of five children and the grandmother of seven. She divides her time between Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, California.