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Christine Todd Whitman : the making of a national political player /
Art Weissman.
New York : Carol Pub. Group, c1996.
xii, 290 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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New York : Carol Pub. Group, c1996.
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"Birch Lane Press book."
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-281) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1996-08-01:
These books provide readers with different perspectives on the life of New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman. Weissman examines Whitman's 1993 campaign, in which she promised to cut New Jersey's income tax by 30 percent, and her accomplishments as governor after her upset election over the incumbent governor, Jim Florio. His aim is to show how Whitman became a nationally recognized political figure in less than a year. A reporter for the Asbury Park Press, Weissman depends largely on newspaper articles for his information, but personal interviews with Whitman add depth to his report, especially in providing background on her economic advisers and her decisions on how to effect income tax reduction. Beard presents a much more straightforward biographical look at Whitman, devoting more than half of her book to the governor's early life. Beard, a journalist who writes for Town & Country, had extensive access to Whitman's family and friends, as well as family records and correspondence. The book is a favorable history of the governor's Republican roots, with detailed coverage of her family's behind-the-scenes influence in New Jersey Republican politics. Beard uses this background material to show the personality complexities and qualifications that contribute to Whitman's popularity with constituents and her party's national leadership. If she, in fact, does become the Republican nominee for vice president, the Weissman book provides a good look at how she got there; the Beard book offers an excellent biographical background.‘Jill Ortner, Sch. of Inform. & Lib. Studies, SUNY at Buffalo
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Library Journal, August 1996
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