BIOGRAPHY

Pelosi

Holt. May 2020. 368p. ISBN 9781250252869. $27.99. BIOG
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In her first book, veteran political journalist Ball profiles one of the most influential women in politics today. Nancy Pelosi (b. 1940), House Representative for California’s 12th District, has broken the “marble ceiling” multiple times, first in the California Democratic Party, and then as the first woman and two-time Speaker of the House. Based on in-depth interviews and deep background research, Ball has written a thorough and enjoyable political biography moving from Pelosi’s childhood as the daughter of the mayor of Baltimore to her evolving political sense stemming from her time as a party fundraiser and whip. Ball describes how Pelosi learned to only bring legislation to a vote when she knows it will pass, and how many votes it will receive. In this up-to-date work, the author also recounts how Pelosi shepherded Barack Obama’s landmark legislative victories through the House, how she overcame efforts to be replaced as Speaker of the House in 2018, and how she initially resisted and then steered the Democratic Party when calls for impeaching Donald Trump grew louder by the day.
VERDICT This biography succeeds in illuminating the controversial politician and will be enjoyed by readers of current events, American government, and history.

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