The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life

Barbara Boxer. Hachette, $27 (288p) ISBN 978-0-316-31146-5
Junior U.S. senator Boxer, a Democrat from California, will retire in 2016, and this reflection on her years in office will serve as a key record of her work during those years. She speaks warmly of colleagues Barbara Mikulski, Joe Biden, and Nancy Pelosi, reserving criticism for the expected villains: Newt Gingrich, George W. Bush, and her 2010 Senate opponent, Carly Fiorina: "It's clear that she hasn't a clue." Boxer, who briefly worked as a reporter for the Pacific Sun, writes serviceably, if not inspiringly, in the memoir format. Regarding Florida's role in the Bush/Gore contest, she writes: "it was a bizarre situation, which has gone down in history." On the topic of Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, she focuses on the fact she was sick with the flu. She has an eye for a good anecdote, as when she fought for funding to fight AIDS or forced ethics hearings on former U.S. senator Bob Packwood. Ever the politician, she never draws the veil back too far. She calls herself "green" in an early conflict with John McCain and admits to several "over-the-top" campaign slogans ("Save Marin: Vote for Barbara")—but after 40 years in elected office, Barbara Boxer knows better than to risk serious damage to her political legacy. Agent: Kimberley Cameron, Kimberley Cameron & Associates. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/09/2016
Release date: 05/31/2016
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