Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pretend I'm Not Here by Barbara Feinman Todd...Review & Giveaway!


Who is ready for a new read?  A couple of weeks ago I finished up with a great non-fiction pick that I thoroughly enjoyed.  Pretend I'm Not Here is a fantastic read and one I highly recommend.  Here is the scoop...

An accomplished former ghostwriter and book researcher who worked with Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee, and Hillary Clinton goes behind-the-scenes of the nation’s capital to tell the story of how she survived the exciting, but self-important and self-promoting world of the Beltway.
Barbara Feinman Todd has spent a lifetime helping other people tell their stories. In the early 1980s, she worked for Bob Woodward, first as his research assistant in the paper’s investigative unit and, later, as his personal researcher for Veil, his bestselling book about the CIA. Next she helped Carl Bernstein, who was struggling to finish his memoir, Loyalties. She then assisted legendary editor Ben Bradlee on his acclaimed autobiography A Good Life, and she worked with Hillary Clinton on her bestselling It Takes a Village. Feinman Todd’s involvement with Mrs. Clinton made headlines when the First Lady neglected to acknowledge her role in the book’s creation, and later, when a disclosure to Woodward about the Clinton White House appeared in one of his books. These events haunted Feinman Todd for the next two decades until she confronted her past and discovered something startling.
Revealing what it’s like to get into the heads and hearts of some of Washington’s most compelling and powerful figures, Feinman Todd offers authentic portraits that go beyond the carefully polished public personas that are the standard fare of the Washington publicity factory. At its heart, Pretend I’m Not Here is a funny and forthcoming story of a young woman in a male-dominated world trying to find her own voice while eloquently speaking for others.

My Thoughts:  I am not a big political junkie so when I first picked this up I wondered how much I would enjoy it.  I figured out quickly that I didn't have to be a political expert to relish in Barbara Feinman Todd's tale!  This book has plenty of insider scoop on some big  players like the Clintons and Bob Woodward which was fascinating to read about.  Even more than enjoying the bits about the big names, I truly enjoyed Todd's real account of what it is like to be a woman in a male dominated world.  Her wit and tenacity kept me deeply engrossed.  This is an up close and personal account of journalism and politics from someone in the know.  You don't want to miss this book! 

You can purchase Pretend I'm Not Here from your local bookstore or directly from the Harper Collins website HERE.

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24 comments:

pailofpearls said...

princess ameera altaweel of saudi arabia

Jourdain Sanders said...

This seems very interesting!

Julie Lundstrom said...

I would say Rosa Parks or Princess Di.

Lauren U said...

Hilary Clinton

Audra said...

I would say queen Elizabeth

Edye Nicole said...

Kate Middleton!

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iggysaysno said...

Probably Pocahontas.

Susan Smoaks said...

princess diana

DiHamel said...

Elizabeth the 1st

Katie Hyatt said...

I'd like to ghost write a book for Prince Harry <3

Jeremy said...

Princess Diana.

Gabrielly Margutti said...

Alexander Hamilton.

Anonymous said...

Abraham Lincoln

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slb3334 said...

Jackie Kennedy.

Nancy said...

I would like to ghost write a book for Ben Franklin.

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Amber C said...

I would go with George Washington that would be interesting.

Meghan B said...

Abe Lincoln

aperry said...

John F. Kennedy

maryjaco1 said...

Amelia Earhart

Nicole C. said...

Elizabeth Warren

James Coyne said...

I would like to meet Abraham Lincoln

Rhonda Fuller said...

Princess Diana

Margaret said...

Jackie Kennedy

Laura said...

I would choose Princess Diana!