Book Reviews of Ten Minutes from Normal

Ten Minutes from Normal
Ten Minutes from Normal
Author: Karen Hughes
ISBN-13: 9780670033058
ISBN-10: 0670033057
Publication Date: 3/30/2004
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: Viking Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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Karen Hughes traveled with President Bush and during campaigns and decided to write a book about the experiences she had during those years. It is a delightful and fun to read book about things that happen on that trail, good, bad, funny or intense. Enjoyable reading.
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I am a democrat but loved it anyway. I felt the author was honest & captured the nuances of Washington while telling the fascinating story. This is the only honest telling of 9/11 from within the white house that I have read. Although I don't agree with her politics, I developed a deep admiration & respect for this intelligent & powerful lady who puts her family first.
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Hughes, who surprised the political world by leaving her post as counselor to President Bush in July 2002, to pursue a more normal family life in Texas, here offers a relentlessly upbeat account of life as Bushs chief communications strategist. Hughes begins by detailing her upbringing as an army brat, her career as a TV reporter in Texas and her entry into politics as a press officer for the 1984 Reagan presidential campaign. The heart of the story is her relationship with Bush ("my boss"), whom she has served since his 1994 campaign for governor of Texas. Hughes praises Bushs "laser-like" mind, humble spirit and moral courage; she also praises almost everyone else in the administration, including political strategist Karl Rove, with whom she was reported to have frequently sparred. And not surprisingly for a famously disciplined, on-message spokesperson, she directs her most pointed barbs at those who leak information to the press. While Hughes doesnt offer a balanced take on Bush and company, then, she does offer something equally tantalizinga deep insiders take on what it is like to work at the side of the most powerful man in the world. She also provides Bush fans with a well-crafted, robust paean to the president. And both these reasons are why this book has found a place on major national bestseller lists.
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I am and will always be a moderate Democrat, yet this lady of power has and will forever hold a place in my heart, she is humble, diligent in her cause, and knows how to get things done, when she left, the Country lost a great force of hope.
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Interesting insights from a key player inside the Bush administration
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An easy read. Detailed the inner workings of the Bush administration but it could be any administration. It's a busy life in the White House. Glad I read the book.
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This was a very insightful look into one of the highest positions in the US Government. Karen Hughes is a smart woman, and was one of the closest advisors to George W Bush during his time at the White House, and before. If you don't like "Dubya", you won't like this book. Karen Hughes clearly admires the man and there isn't a harsh word about him or his administration. I enjoyed this book as it made the George W Bush seem even more real and personable than I'd already gathered from other things I've read or heard about him.
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This is much more than a review of Karen Hughes' work in the White House...she covers the struggles all working mothers face when they are juggling family and career. Lots of great stories of her responsibilities as a writer for President Bush as well as an inside look at what it's like to be on a first name basis with our country's top leaders. Loved this.
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