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Dear Madam President is an empowering letter from former Hillary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president, and by extension, to all women working to succeed in any field. By using lessons learned during her experiences with Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Elizabeth Edwards - to name a few - Palmieri through each chapter creates a forward-thinking framework of inspirational and practical advice for all women everywhere - from boardrooms to living rooms - who are determined to seize control of their lives, their workplaces, and their country. Dear Madam President will turn the results of the 2016 election into something incredibly empowering for future female leaders and independent thinkers everywhere.

As a country, we haven't wrapped our heads around what it should look like for a woman to be in the job of President. Our only models are men. This of course was seen during the Hillary Clinton campaign, and no one knows this better than Jennifer Palmieri. While wildly disappointed by the outcome of the election, Palmieri optimistically argues in the book that the Clinton candidacy and all she experienced on the campaign trail - confusion, admiration, hate, love, acceptance, rejection - can now open the country up to reimagining women in leadership roles. And that is what Palmieri takes on in this book - redefining expectations for women looking to lead and creating a blueprint for women candidates and leaders to follow.

©2018 Jennifer Palmieri (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"My book explained what happened and where we need to go from here. Jennifer Palmieri picks up the ball and runs with it in this book. It's about being a woman, working for a woman, and telling the stories of the personal and professional ups and downs that all women need to hear as we chart our individual and collective futures." (Hillary Rodham Clinton)

"A powerful, personal, and sometimes painful book written for any woman who has ever thought of becoming a leader. I hope it inspires more women and girls because their voices and their leadership are needed now more than ever." (Madeleine Albright)

""Our first woman president, whomever she may be, will no doubt be wise and open enough to seek advice from the best in the business. The advice and insights Jennifer Palmieri has garnered from years on the frontlines of politics and life will make any leader better." (Maria Shriver)

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Old, white guys also need this vision of the future

I’m a 71-year-old white male. Here’s what I posted to Facebook. “That you are a friend of mine means that you are often distressed these days by what's happening in the world. If you are one of my friends who voted FOR Hillary (as opposed to holding your nose in order to vote against Trump) there is a bit of solace and hope in Jennifer Palmieri's new book, "Dear Madam President" (an excellent listen; read by the author). It is an open letter to that woman of the future who does what Hillary almost did. And to all women and men who would be glad to follow them. If the Communications Director for Clinton, (formerly Communications Director for Obama), who fought like crazy to get Hillary elected, can find a future worth hoping for (which includes lots of women running things) then maybe I can too.

“Those who disliked Hillary will learn some things about her and may dislike her less, but may have some inertia to overcome.”

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Must read for every living person in the U S A.

To me this is the best explanation of how
we got where we are. How the change
happened and now how our voices
together can move forward. This is
a fabulous recounting of HIStory
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Wish it had been longer

I was sorry for this book to end. Personal, insightful, inspiring and hopeful. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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All Women Should Read

This book, this letter, is for all women. It reminds all of us that something different and important is happening. And it acknowledges that women have been and are treated differently...and sometimes the subtle sexism is the scariest-it takes awhile to feel and recognize it’s effect. Most importantly it inspires all of us to expect and want change in our government our work and our world. ...And yes....we owe immense gratitude to Hilary Rodman Clinton-took the punches and paved the way. Thanks, Jennifer for my heightened awareness!

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Inspirational and from the heart

I’ve long been a fan of Jennifer Palmieri. She’s sharp, tough and committed to using her time on earth to do good. Since the 2016 election, hers is the first voice that has actually given me comfort and an ability to process what was unleashed on Hillary. I listened to this book in one day. It was like sharing a cup of coffee with an old friend who really gets it. I thank her for sharing her wisdom in this book, and for all her service in the historical campaign for Hillary and all her life’s service to our country.

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Revealing look at what women are up against as leaders

This was a thoughtful and frank examination of some of the prejudice against women that contributed to Hilary's loss. It gives suggestions for any women in politics and the workforce who will become leaders ad be taken seriously in their fields. The personal storyline about the author's female friendships and her actual sister's fight with early onset Alzheimer's reminds us that the hope, love, and support that women often bring to the table is as important as brains, toughness, and power.

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Beautiful, uplifting

This book is incredible, open, honest, raw, real. As a woman and a Hillary supporter, it gave me all the feels and heals some small part of the wound left by the 2016 presidential election, at the very least it has salved my soul in a way that makes me excited to move forward both as a woman and as someone who supports women and hopes to see a madam president in my lifetime.

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Excellent Read!

I found this to help me see more truth in Hillary’s campaigns. Sadly seeing how much was beyond Hillary’s control. I can’t imagine the Daily struggles her campaign took from so many other men trying to take her down. Even more respect for Hillary now ..I cried,the book was bitter sweet. Hillary should be our POTUS. It’s America’s shame that the rightful most qualified serious candidate who should be leading us -isn’t. Enjoyed her sharing some of her experiences in the OBAMA and B-CLINTON campaign. This will help women in all areas of life.

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Empowering and Inspiring

What did you love best about Dear Madam President?

Palmieri provides a much needed reflection on why it matters that Secretary Clinton is a woman who ran for president and what it means for future women who want to make a difference in this world.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dear Madam President?

Human stories of the campaign trail.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I listened to it over the course of a week.

Any additional comments?

I thought this book might leave me upset, but instead it left me fired up, inspired, and empowered.

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More insights into 2016

Having already read HRC’s book about 2016 this new one from her Communications Director added a new layer of insights.

The book is quite brief yet far reaching. The author worked in Bill Clinton’s WH, Obama’s WH, and for the campaign of John Edwards among other things on her resume. And as horrifically stressful as the 2016 campaign was, for the author it was personally awful as well as she lost her sister within days of losing the election.

The book looks back on many aspects of the election but also looks forward to a time when we will have our first female President after 240 plus years, and how we get there from here.

So I recommend this book to anyone interested in our current situation as well as anyone trying to figure out how to cope day to day with nearly unbearable stress. The author offers insights into both.