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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James E. McGreevey Narrator: James E. McGreevey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9780061229916
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In August 2004, Governor James E. McGreevey of New Jersey made history when he declared "My truth is that I am a gay American," and announced his resignation.

Now, in this extraordinarily candid memoir, McGreevey shares his story of a life of ambition, moral compromise, and redemption. From childhood, McGreevey lived a kind of idealized American life, and he strove to exceed expectations in everything he did. He won three elections by the age of thirty-six, and four years later nearly toppled the state's popular governor, Christie Todd Whitman. When he ran again, in 2001, he won by a landslide.

Throughout his adult life McGreevey had been forced to suppress a fundamental truth: that he was gay. He knew that the only clear path to his dreams was to live a straight life, and so he split in two, accepting the traditional role of family man while denying his deepest emotions. And he discovered that becoming a political player demanded ethical shortcuts at least as corrosive as living in the closet.

Written with honesty, grace, and rare insight, The Confession may be among the most honest political memoirs ever written.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An astonishingly candid memoir…brave and powerful.”

    Newsweek

  • “A gripping, compelling memoir that offers much more than insight into the pain of being a closeted gay man…as much a lesson on authenticity in politics as in sexuality…Riveting.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin L. | 8/24/2013

    " The former governor of New Jersey and his estrange wife are currently battling our their divorce in court. This is an insightful telling of how the desire to be someone we aren't causes many problems within our own and the lives of others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie Mesaros | 8/23/2013

    " A very thoughtful memoir! Loved it both times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keith | 5/14/2013

    " Definitely can relate to the storyline (DUH!), but found much of the "filler" regarding politics sooooo boring! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drianne | 5/13/2013

    " Very interesting read, although the apologetics for what were ultimately his own choices are a bit wearying. Still, a fascinating look at what ambition and fear can do to an otherwise decent person. Especially recommended for those interested in NJ politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 12/15/2011

    " True story of the former NJ Governor coming out as a gay man. Very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 7/28/2011

    " Lots of information on campaigning and what its like to hold a powerful position as a closeted gay man. Not as many "life lessons" as I would have wanted out of a book like this, but still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 5/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this book probably because I've met him on numerous occasions and live in his area. I also knew a few people mentioned in the book so that was interesting. He's such a smart man I can't beleive he did something so stupid! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill deResendes | 1/12/2011

    " If you read Silent Partner then you must read his side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 12/21/2010

    " Very personal & revealing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 9/19/2010

    " What a pity that this man had to disguise his true nature in order to achieve the political career that he strived for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 8/3/2010

    " This was an interesting book, but not enough personal anecdotes in it. Too professionally written, we want to see more emotion. Flat and boring at some points. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 9/23/2009

    " True story of the former NJ Governor coming out as a gay man. Very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keith | 4/27/2009

    " Definitely can relate to the storyline (DUH!), but found much of the "filler" regarding politics sooooo boring! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 11/13/2008

    " What a pity that this man had to disguise his true nature in order to achieve the political career that he strived for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 6/21/2008

    " The former governor of New Jersey and his estrange wife are currently battling our their divorce in court. This is an insightful telling of how the desire to be someone we aren't causes many problems within our own and the lives of others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 4/2/2008

    " If you read Silent Partner then you must read his side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 2/16/2008

    " I enjoyed this book probably because I've met him on numerous occasions and live in his area. I also knew a few people mentioned in the book so that was interesting. He's such a smart man I can't beleive he did something so stupid! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 6/4/2007

    " Lots of information on campaigning and what its like to hold a powerful position as a closeted gay man. Not as many "life lessons" as I would have wanted out of a book like this, but still good. "

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About the Author
Author James E. McGreevey

James E. McGreevey was the governor of New Jersey from January 2002 to November 2004. Born in Jersey City, he earned degrees from Columbia, Georgetown, and Harvard before serving three terms as the mayor of Woodbridge, New Jersey. After a narrow defeat in 1997, he was elected to the governor's seat in 2001. He lives in Plainfield, New Jersey with his partner, Mark O'Donnell. He has two daughters, Jacqueline and Morag.