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The definitive biography of Nancy Pelosi, the most powerful woman in American political history, written by New York Times best-selling author and USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.

Featuring more than 150 exclusive interviews with those who know her best - and a series of in-depth, news-making interviews with Pelosi herself - Madam Speaker is unprecedented in the scope of its exploration of Nancy Pelosi’s remarkable life and of her indelible impact on American politics.

Before she was Nancy Pelosi, she was Nancy D’Alesandro. Her father was a big-city mayor and her mother his political organizer; when she encour­aged her young daughter to become a nun, Nancy told her mother that being a priest sounded more appealing. She didn’t begin running for office until she was forty-six years old, her five children mostly out of the nest. With that, she found her calling.

Nancy Pelosi has lived on the cutting edge of the revolution in both women’s roles and in the nation’s movement to a fiercer and more polarized politics. She has established herself as a crucial friend or for­midable foe to US presidents, a master legislator, and an indefatigable political warrior. She took on the Democratic establishment to become the first female Speaker of the House, then battled rivals on the left and right to consolidate her power. She has soared in the sharp-edged inside game of politics, though she has struggled in the outside game - demonized by conservatives, second-guessed by progressives, and routinely underestimated by nearly everyone.

All of this was preparation for the most historic challenge she would ever face, at a time she had been privately planning her retirement. When Donald Trump was elected to the White House, Nancy Pelosi became the Democratic counterpart best able to stand up to the disruptive president and to get under his skin. The battle between Trump and Pelosi, chronicled in this book with behind-the-scenes details and revelations, stands to be the titanic political struggle of our time.

©2021 Susan Page (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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  • NancyF
  • 2021-04-24

A great listen and learn!

I found Madame Speaker a super entertaining way to learn about the complexity of US Congress and the complex woman leading the Democrats for two decades. It is both fun to listen to and a complete education all on its own. The author narrates the book in a clear and engaging manner, interspersing insiders' anecdotes throughout the serious accounts of Pelosi's unique life experiences and leadership style. Makes a great gift for audiobook friends.

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  • Maria
  • 2021-05-04

Nancy Pelosi, “A True Powerhouse!”

I can honestly say, I know who Nancy Pelosi is, however I found that I really did not know the true “Nancy” until I read this book. I am a strong Independent, and I don’t always agree on the views of the democrats, however I never did drink the Kool-Aid that #45 was serving and refused to buy into the “Corrupt” politicians that I have seen for the previous 4 years, and the ones that continue to act like if we are stupid people and can’t see what reality is, but they continue to be as corrupt as ever to advance their own pollical careers. I genuinely believe, what you put out in the universe does come back to you, so I believe Nancy Pelosi will be remembered as a “Tough as Nails, Titan,” no matter where you stand politically there is no denying this at all!

I am sure not many people know that we would not have “Obama Care” if it was not for Nancy, and YES this program helps all parties! I do not think many people really know what Nancy has done to better the lives of all Americans, because she does stay in the background most of the time, and when she does come to the forefront to speak, she is limited on words that leave you wanting a more detailed explanation. To be honest, I enjoy reading/listening (Audible) about people on both sides of the isle that lead our Country, and I must say, I was shocked to see how much Nancy truly has done and she does not “TOOT” her own horn, which is very refreshing in the current days of our “Toxic Politics.”

I also thought Susan Page did a good job narrating the story on “Audible.” She kept a good tone and kept me interested in the story of Nancy. I can now see why Nancy is so feared by the GOP, and yes, I think they have good reason to fear her, because she is that good and unlike many of the current GOP and some Democratic leaders, she leads with truth and integrity and does not need the spotlight on her to shine. Nancy will definitely shine in our future history books, that’s for sure!

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  • Bethany
  • 2021-04-30

Extremely informative

Susan Page wrote an incredibly informative book about Speaker Pelosi. My opinions on the speaker have changed over the years, but no matter what your opinion is there is no denying that she is one of the most powerful political figures of our time. I found this biography fascinating, and would recommend it to anyone interested in American politics.

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  • S. Foster
  • 2021-05-10

An education

Exceptional read with great insight into a very unique woman in the life that formed the ‘Speaker’, for whom I have great respect.

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  • Jean
  • 2021-05-26

Excellent

I have enjoyed Susan Page’s writing over the years. Page chronicles Pelosi’s career in the straight forward way that journalist do. Page is the Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today.

The book is well written and researched. Page interviewed Pelosi many times for the book. Page was primarily unbiased and reported on proven facts. There is not any muck raking in this book. I am sure this was a difficult book to write. The sections about her beginning in politics in San Francisco was a trip down memory lane. In the sections about her career in Washington D.C., I learned a number of things I was unaware of about Pelosi. If you are interested in politics, this book will be worth the read.

The book is thirteen hours and forty-two minutes. Susan Page does a good job narrating her book.

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  • Jonathan Hurst
  • 2021-05-14

Great read!!

This book is current, fair, and also well researched. Congrats on a well done piece.

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  • Lauren G
  • 2021-06-23

Madame Speaker

great read about a great lady. keep going strong Nancy. you are an inspiration to girls/women everywhere.

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  • Doris
  • 2021-06-09

Authors should be read and not heard

The author's style is not inspiring, nor is it particularly entertaining, but the Speaker's life is covered comprehensively and with understanding. It explains her life and the influences on her style, as well as the sources of her values and approach to leadership.

As is so often the case, though, the author should never have been the narrator. She reads the story, she doesn't tell it. She attempts to infuse expression but almost always over-emphasizes the wrong word, or rushes the wrong phrase, and has only one or two rhythms to her reading. I think the book would be more impressionable with a professional narrator.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-05-31

Pelosi is a G

It’s easy to dismiss Nancy Pelosi if you accept the red vs. blue narrative but her impact is undeniable. Learning more about her was important to me. This book was an easy listen but very informative. I found it to be exactly what I was looking for on the subject of Pelosi.

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  • Debra j allender
  • 2021-05-22

Madam Speaker

A wonderful book about an amazing woman who my greatgrandchildren will read about in History class. I learned so much about Nancy Pelosi! She should be an example to all women of who and what a strong leader is. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thank you Susan Page for bringing this to the world!