Friday, September 5, 2008

Know Your Power..

Know Your Power is the title of Nancy Pelosi's new book. She may be an incredible woman with a remarkable career, but after reading her "Message to America's Daughters" I have to say, please keep your day job. Her power is NOT in writing.

Although written with co writer Amy Hill Hearth, the narrative is strained. From the introduction to the epilogue, the tone is of obligation to women everywhere was to write all 170 pages of how she made it to the top. Well Nancy - this is not required reading.

She starts the tale with "notes, notes, take notes," advice she clearly forgot to take to heart. This warm and fuzzy diatribe lacks any significant substance. It glazes over the juicy details, like a poorly written boilerplate.

I cracked the book hoping to read her side of House battles, particularly as trail blazing female and her struggles within the minority party for so long. Instead I was given repeat anecdotes I heard when we met her at her book signing. There she told us "self promotion is a dirty job, but someone's got to do it."

If I had to sum this one up in a single word - Disappointing. The one quote I walked away with was not even hers, it was a quote she used from Thomas Jefferson. A nice reminder, particularly in this election that , "Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle."

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