Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home
Blue Rider Press
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Hardcover / e-Book
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For twenty years, James Carville and Mary Matalin have held
the mantle of the nation’s most politically opposed,
ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple.
In this follow-up to their groundbreaking All’s Fair:
Love, War, and Running for President, Carville and
Matalin take a look at how they—and America—have changed in
the last two decades. If nothing else, this new
collaboration proves that after twenty years of marriage
they can still manage to agree on a few things.
Love & War traces, in their two distinct voices,
James and Mary’s story from the end of the 1992 presidential
campaign—where he managed Bill Clinton’s electoral triumph
while she suffered defeat as George H. W. Bush’s key
strategist—till now. Mary focuses on issues of family,
faith, and foreign enemies and offers insights from her
kitchen table as well as the White House Cabinet Room, while
James’s concentration is politics and love—the triumphant
and troubled Clinton era, George W. Bush’s complicated
presidency, the election of Barack Obama, the rise of the
corrosive partisanship that dominates political life in
Washington today, and the overriding abiding romance he
holds for his native Louisiana and his wife and children.
Together, the Carville-Matalins reflect on raising two
daughters in the pressure cooker of the nation’s capital,
and their momentous 2008 decision to leave D.C. and move
their family to New Orleans. Post-Katrina, James and Mary’s
efforts to rebuild and promote that city have become a
central part of their lives—and a poignant metaphor for
moving the nation forward.
A fascinating look at the last two decades in American
politics and an intimate, quick-witted primer on grown-up
relationships and values, Love & War provides
unprecedented insight into one of our nation’s most
intriguing and powerful couples. With their natural charm
and sharp intelligence, Carville and Matalin have written
undoubtedly the most spirited memoir of the year.
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