Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Citizen Newt By Craig Shirley Review


Citizen Newt
The Making of a Reagan Conservative
By Craig Shirley

The definitive, authorized biography of one of the most important, provocative, and visionary political figures of our time.

In one way or another Newt Gingrich has been leading a revolution for most of his life. Citizen Newt is the definitive account of that struggle. Writing with the full cooperation of Speaker Gingrich and the players around him, New York Times bestselling author Craig Shirley captures the events, ideas, failures, and successes of Newton Leroy Gingrich--one of the most complex, influential, and durable political figures of our time.

Returning to Gingrich's childhood in Pennsylvania and his formative years as a young history professor, Citizen Newt moves through Gingrich's first forays into politics and takes readers behind the scenes of the Congressman's crucial role in the Reagan Revolution, his battles with George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and his masterly orchestration of 1994s "Gingrich Revolution" and the Contract with America, which catapulted him to national prominence and forever changed congressional and national politics.

Drawing upon untold stories from Gingrich and those who know him best--political allies and opponents, Washington insiders and political iconoclasts, Capitol Hill staffers and colleagues--Shirley has crafted a fascinating, humorous, humanizing, and insightful account of a true American original.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  If you can get through the description of this book without being bored or losing interest, then this hugely thick book will be a great read.  I found myself having to put it down a lot, and not just because it was super heavy.

While the author writes clearly and tried to make the biography interesting as well as moving in a good flow, I personnaly thought it dragged on and was thrilled more so when it was finished.  I would recommend this book to help you rest at night before bed, unless the views included keep you up thinking.

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