Living a Political Life by Madeleine May Kunin

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The first time Madeleine M. Kunin ran for office it was because she thought there ought to be more women in politics. In time she fulfilled that belief by becoming the first woman governor of Vermont. Throughout her career, Kunin found that the rules for women politicians were different: she would not be forgiven (nor would she forgive herself) for neglecting her family. She could not afford to display emotion at the wrong times lest she be thought "weak." And she would have to learn to play political hardball with the best of them while keeping her integrity.

In Living a Political Life, Kunin-who is now Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education-takes a frank look at the challenges that confronted her as she tried not just to succeed in politics but to set a precedent for other women. In doing so, she illuminates both what it means to be a woman and what it means to be a public servant and gives us a memoir as thoughtful and revealing as any to emerge from the corridors of power.

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Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont, and served as the Deputy Secretary of education and Ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. She is the author of "Living a Political Life" and is currently a Marsh Scholar Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont and lectures on history and women's studies. She also serves as president of the board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nongovernmental organization that she founded in 1991. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.
Published July 27, 2011 by Vintage. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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Sparing none of the gritty details of legislative infighting, the demands of juggling family and career, and the constant battle to control her ``political demons: fear, self-doubt, and paranoia,'' Kunin nevertheless conveys a passionate appreciation for the ``infinite possibility of politics,'' ...

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The first female governor of Vermont and current deputy secretary of the department of education, Kunin writes a thoughtful memoir of her political career and the role of women in public office.

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Candid, thoughtful and gracefully-written, this memoir by the former three-term governor of Vermont is a political complement to the landmark autobiographies by Carolyn Heilbrun ( Writing A Woman's Life ) and Jill Ker Conway ( Written By Herself ) that influenced Kunin: ``When I learned how to me...

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