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 undoubtedly written the most spirited memoir of the year.
©2013 James Carville and Mary Matalin (P)2013 Penguin Audio
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Mary Matalin and James Carville, political strategists, one GOP the other a democrat met during the 1992 presidential campaign while working on opposite sides. They have been married for twenty years and have two children. I thought the book might be interesting to see how opposite keep it together. The book starts with their move to New Orleans in 2009 with Mary telling about her house hunting and finding a beautiful 1906 mansion. The book is written in two alternating and distinctive voices, they narrated the audio book and this was perfect for the way the book was written. They both covered their political work and their personal life with their children. I found the story Mary tells about September 11, 2001 in the White House with Chaney and Rice interesting, as well as the problems they had with the old cold war shelter that was poorly maintained and never used until that day. Carville is a Louisiana native and after Katrina he wanted to go back and help the city rebuild. He obtained a teaching position at Tulane University and he and Mary became big promoter of the city. The humor makes the book a fun read.
The book would not be the same without Mary and James doing the actual reading however James has a thick accent and is a fast talker, sometimes faster than others so you have to focus.
Enjoyed the book. Funny to hear major government life changing stories told so matter of fact. The dedication and intensity to their jobs, their candidates, their girls and each other is amazing.
So they start out naming all the questions people have about how they can be in love and then categorically refuse the answer the most important one. The sex. It starts out really interesting about who they are, but never really answers how they love each other. They refuse to answer if they have the kind of intense, sweaty sex that we imagine is the only reason they could put up with each other's extreme differences. They don't tell us if that isn't it, what is. I forced myself to keep listening, hoping to get an inkling, and the voluminous detailed descriptions of their work was not easy to sit through with any interest. I only did it because I adore James and want to understand how he fell in love and loves Mary. But as soon as Mary uttered the words that Rush Limbaugh "saved the Republican party... is brilliant and hilarious..." I could go no further. I used to like to see them together and be entertained by their back and forth. This has only made her appear more shrill and caustic than ever. Good luck James, but I am not impressed.
James, yes. Mary, no.
How he planned a second wedding party for their 10th anniversary.
How they settled in New Orleans.
Too much about how much she loves her babies. (Really?, how odd for someone to love their mini-Me). Too much work-day politics: we see/hear that everyday, want to know the personal: what they have for dinner stories.
Didn't read the print version but Mary's sarcasm and James' intensity made this a wonderful book. It really captured my attention and was very interesting to see things from both sides of history that we all remember and can relate.
I loved Mary's reaction to friends and "quirky" relationships from the natives of New Orleans and both of them laughing at being "black-balled" from a silly tennis club!!! Ha!!! They wore it like a badge of honor.
Hope they write another book soon for all of us to enjoy. Thanks for the great Listen!
No, once was enough (and I really liked it), but got all I needed after 1 listen.
I enjoyed how they alternated chapters and commentary - very well done
No and their narratives MADE the book - it was great and James' accent cracked me up
Hearing their perspectives on 9/11 and Katrina
Really fast listen and fun!
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.
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