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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (98 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry McAuliffe Narrator: Terry McAuliffe Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504629195
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For a generation of Democrats, Terry McAuliffe has been the ultimate political insider: strategist and spokesperson for the party, confidant for the candidates, mediator among party leaders, and without question the most successful fundraiser in political history. Now, McAuliffe’s energetic memoir provides readers with a fly-on-the-wall view, from the front lines to the back rooms where deals are made, strategies are conceived, initiatives launched, and elections are won—or sometimes, lost.

With revealing anecdotes that take you from the Carter-Kennedy primary contest in 1980, through the Clinton years, to the near victories and crushing losses of the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, this is a fascinating, hilarious, and in-your-face look at Congress and Washington, DC, behind the scenes.

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Quotes & Awards

  • What a Party! is a must-read for all of us who love politics, believe in public service, and know that laughter is often the best survival strategy.”

    President Bill Clinton

  • “No one knows more about American politics than Terry McAuliffe. He gives
    us some remarkable insights and knows how to make his accounts both humorous
    and informative.”

    President Jimmy Carter

  • “I’ve often said Terry’s energy could light up a city, and readers of this book will know why. Terry’s excitement for politics—and life—is evident on every page.”

    Senator Hillary Clinton

  • “[An] interesting description of the highs and lows of his life…McAuliffe narrates his own life story, which lends authenticity.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Naples | 11/23/2013

    " Very light reading. Too little of the book talked about his time as Chairman of the DNC, though probably because despite his best efforts, 2000-2004 was not the best time for the party. It's nonetheless a pretty good read for a political junkie like say, me or Suzanne Globetti. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johan Sulaiman | 3/13/2013

    " I lean more towards R than D, but this is a fun book filled with insider anecdotes about the life of a Democratic fundraiser. His rise to fortune is also an inspiration, as well as educational. Terry sounds like a really good person to know and watch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominic | 2/4/2013

    " Terry McAulliffe's book is somewhat self-serving, which is something he even admits to in the book. Nevertheless, it is an interesting and insightful book. I particularly liked McAuliffe's insights on the Clintons, failures of the Kerry presidential campaign, and modernizing the DNC. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colin Cox | 1/6/2013

    " Didn't finish reading it. I got the point early on about how important Terry McAuliffe is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Grogan | 9/6/2012

    " The book reads like a history lesson so you not only learn about McAuliffe's life growing up with a political father but also how campaignes are run and won. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 5/1/2012

    " a easy read and interesting look at a Clinton insider. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/21/2012

    " Kind of a "kiss & tell" for the political set. Lots of name-dropping of world leaders (which is kind of interesting). Offers great insights into the wild world of political fundraising. If you're not a Dem, don't bother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 G Crawshaw | 3/16/2010

    " Great audiobook. As always with political books, entirely partisan but in a fun & interesting way "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 2/28/2010

    " It showed an inside look at the White House with no fluff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paola Moll | 2/23/2010

    " I've always thought this guy was hilarious, and it definitely came across in the tone of the book. A good read for someone who wants to be a political operative/fund raiser. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/21/2010

    " Pure fun for any Democrat looking for the inside scoop from the former head of the DNC - lots of stories and remembrances and silly stuff. You aren't going to find anything heavy or controversial here - just lots of info about the exploits of consummate Democratic insider and friend of the Clintons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 10/7/2009

    " A book of anecdotes from fundraising guru to the Dems. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 5/3/2009

    " Hopefully, I too can someday write a book that consists entirely of namedropping and ways in which I singlehandedly saved the Democratic party. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 11/21/2008

    " a easy read and interesting look at a Clinton insider. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 7/3/2008

    " It showed an inside look at the White House with no fluff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominic | 2/25/2008

    " Terry McAulliffe's book is somewhat self-serving, which is something he even admits to in the book. Nevertheless, it is an interesting and insightful book. I particularly liked McAuliffe's insights on the Clintons, failures of the Kerry presidential campaign, and modernizing the DNC. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colin | 1/5/2008

    " Didn't finish reading it. I got the point early on about how important Terry McAuliffe is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paola | 10/23/2007

    " I've always thought this guy was hilarious, and it definitely came across in the tone of the book. A good read for someone who wants to be a political operative/fund raiser. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/5/2007

    " The book reads like a history lesson so you not only learn about McAuliffe's life growing up with a political father but also how campaignes are run and won. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 5/29/2007

    " Very light reading. Too little of the book talked about his time as Chairman of the DNC, though probably because despite his best efforts, 2000-2004 was not the best time for the party. It's nonetheless a pretty good read for a political junkie like say, me or Suzanne Globetti. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/22/2007

    " Kind of a "kiss & tell" for the political set. Lots of name-dropping of world leaders (which is kind of interesting). Offers great insights into the wild world of political fundraising. If you're not a Dem, don't bother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 3/13/2007

    " A book of anecdotes from fundraising guru to the Dems. "

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About the Author

Terry McAuliffe served in various positions in the Clinton White House, headed Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the Senate, and was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He continues to work closely with Senator Clinton and other Democratic politicians.