I couldn't wait to get this book the first time I heard it was being published. The day it was released, I downloaded it and started listening. It did not disappoint, in fact ~ It was a shear delight. This will remain at the TOP of My Listening List ... for a long time to come. I am sure I will listen to it again.
The behind the curtain stories that revealed the real people at work, at play and just being human. Real Life is so much more interesting than fiction!
Tip was my favorite. The Gipper was somehow surprisingly dynamic. I thought Chris came in a solid third as an interesting character.
I wanted to but I had to "give-up-the-ghost" and go to bed. It took about 3 days to finish and I was sad when I reached the end.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who lived the times, remembers the people and wants to refresh their memory as to the events that happened ~ with the insight that can only come first-hand ~ as only Chris Matthews can reveal ~ from behind the curtain.
This is One of MY Favorite and MOST Enjoyed books. I downloaded five at one time and this was the one I picked to listen to First ~ and I Loved Every Moment of It! I don't know how many time we have watched these two on TV and wondered out loud to each other ~ "HOW Do They Stay Married? I BET There is WAR Going On At Their House! I'd Love to be a Fly On The Wall ~ About Now!' ... etc. Yes, Mary, You Answered Our Questions ~ Asked or just Wondered. I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans was just ~ 90 miles away. We use to drive to Swegiman's (can't remember how to spell that) on Sunday afternoons to shop. So, Everything about New Orleans you shared ~ was familiar. I was even home, for the first time after Katrina, just a year ago (March 2013) for a family reunion. Every Word James utters (just the sound of his voice with that unmistakable accent)~ takes me Back ~ Home!
I am a Die-Hard-Yellow-Dog-Democrat (and have been Grateful for James' point-of-view) more times than I can count ... which made Your Views, Mary, hard-to-swallow, to say the least. But, this book ~ This Book has Changed Me ... I Love You, Now. I found in your Animal Loving Heart ~ a Fellow Human Being who has the proper respect and appreciation for the 'Little Persons' in 'dogie suits' ... and yes, even in 'cat suits' and really think ~ Everyone Should Think of them That Way! So, We are Kindred Spirits there. I was grateful to listen to your experiences in the Bush White House, even though I still agree with James POV on their policies. It made the time we all lived threw more human, somehow. ( No One is immune from being judgmental nor wrong head ... sometimes.)
Thank You Both for the Gift of This Book! I Hope Others will Enjoy It As Much as I Have.
None. It's in a Class of It's Own.
James' accent ... Mary's wordsmith writing and insight. James' point of view! And, the way they both ~ upon occasion chocked up ~ on the words they were saying.
I Hope they read this. I Hope they Live Long and Happily. I Hope they write that Next Book. And, I'd love to meet them ~ when I visit New Orleans again.
What impressed me most were the memories that came flooding back as I listened to the retelling of his life time. I couldn't help but be impressed with "the presence of the moment", as he rewound time and I began to relive so many of the times that we had shared from our different points of view. I had often wondered what he had thought ~ about this or that ~ then. Listening, the moments returned, greeted as if familiar forgotten friends, with an unexpected, "Oh yea...", tumbling from my lips. I had forgotten, I had wondered about that. The answers to those long ago questions brought mixtures of responses all the way from ~ just what I had thought - to unexpected surprises of things I never knew, things no one but he - could have known, each with still the sweetness of spending time becoming reacquainted with a long ago friend. If you are 'of an age' to remember the times that recorded his entrance on life's stage, you are likely to share some of the same experiences, regardless of your political persuasion.And regardless of when your time-line crosses his, there are things to learn ~ about being human. About surviving disasters. While being awed by an iron-will that refuses to give up hope, that persists to become a force of nature in-and-of-itself, that is a Life Fully and Well - Lived!
There must be, but I can't think of one.
The reading of this book ~ served as the voice of Ted Kennedy ~ well. I felt that Ted, was grateful upon hearing it in heaven.
I will listen to this book again. While it renewed the loss of his passing, it also refreshed my faith in the possibility living within the human spirit, which always seemed to me, to be the message, those happy band of brothers, strove to demonstrate, to engender and to lead.
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