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It's Classified (Eighteen Acres Trilogy #2)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  950 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
The latest “must for political junkies and fans of political fiction”* from New York Times bestselling author Nicole Wallace.

The four most powerful women in Washington are at the top of their political game. . . . What could possibly go wrong?

Charlotte Kramer, America’s first female president, is beginning her second term and is determined to make her mark on history tho
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Atria Books (first published September 20th 2011)
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Nicolle Wallace's burgeoning empire of presidential fiction continues with this sequel to "Eighteen Acres" that examines Tara Meyers, the new vice president to President Charlotte Kramer, now in her second term, and the pressures put on her in this new position compared to her time as New York Attorney General. But the pressure doesn't only come from being the Vice President, but rather from within, as secrets are soon revealed that cause the denizens of Washington D.C. to question her fitness i ...more
Nov 25, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
One of the rare sequels that's better than the original, IMO! This book was really interesting, especially given that it was written by a staffer on the McCain campaign and was inspired by her experience with Sarah Palin. I enjoyed the first book, "Eighteen Acres," but thought Nicolle Wallace's writing improved noticeably in this second book.

I have to admit that given the build-up, I was expecting the climax to be a little more dramatic than it was. I kept waiting for a stunning turn of events t
Jul 08, 2016 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, rated
I enjoyed reading the first book by Nicolle Wallace, Eighteen Acres and now the sequel, It's Classified. I think most of us would like to know what really goes on in the White House and inside Washington politics, especially situations involving the press. It was interesting to read about the jobs and events that involve the vice presidency and how frustrating to be in the public eye and under scrutiny all the time. The pressure and stress that everyone in this environment is under is mind boggl ...more
Bodie P
Oct 25, 2011 Bodie P rated it liked it
I saw Rachel Maddow interview Nicolle Wallace a few days ago. They talked about It’s Classified, Wallace’s latest book which was, according to her, partially inspired by the events of the last presidential campaign. “Hey,” I thought. “I watched that campaign.” And so I picked up the book, expecting, I think, that I would see a thinly-veiled rehash of the campaign with a twist–McCain/Palin won.

I got more than I was bargaining for. Wallace’s book may have been inspired by the spectre of a Palin vi
Sep 19, 2011 Charlotte rated it it was ok

I really liked Eighteen Acres and was thrilled to find out that there was going to be a sequel, but I am still trying to process how I feel about the Vice President's character. Here we are on the brink of a Presidential race where there will be more female candidates than ever and the author, a female herself, writes a book where the VP is not only an unmedicated depressed and possibly bipolar woman, but married to a controlling and overbearing man. I kno
Dec 25, 2011 Michael rated it did not like it
I am just dumbfounded after reading this, conesidering that I did not finish it, it was a travesty! I really enjoyed her first book Eighteen Acres, I loved the characters and how developed they were. The sequel was not only disappointing but I did not follow the story at all. It was making no sense, it went from talking about the past affair between Dale and Peter, to Peter trying to make things up with Charlotte and Melanie trying to juggle her personal life to her career, what was the story ab ...more
Katharine Ott
Dec 11, 2012 Katharine Ott rated it it was ok
Shelves: twbc-read
Apparently Nicolle Wallace has previously written a novel set in the White House milieu. Apparently it sold well enough for Atria Books to ask for another. Go figure. "It's Classified" follows the machinations of high-ranking White House staff members as they incompetently deal with an incompetent vice-president. Most of the main players are female and they approach briefings and use of their time pretty much like high school girls. Since the first chapter tells us that this VP resigns under a c ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Gale rated it liked it
The premise of Ms. Wallace's books is interesting--the first female president, joined in her 2nd book by a female vice president. But the books don't really tell an interesting story; I enjoyed this book more than her first book, because it was VERY clear the vice president (Tara) was Sarah Palin (whom Ms. Wallace openly despises). This knowledge led to some laugh-out-loud moments for me. But all in all, I think Ms. Wallace should stick to non-fiction (she was George W's Communication Director).
Mar 20, 2012 Genie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, politics
After seeing Game Change and hearing about this book by Nicole Wallace, one of Sarah Palin's major aides during the 2008 election, I decided to read this book. I am really amazed she got away with writing it, actually- it is a very very thinly veiled picture of palin set up as what might have been if she had been elected. The more intriguing part is that the top 4 officials are women but unfortunately, she does not really explore that at all.
Dec 30, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
I just loved this whole series - though I'm kicking myself for accidentally reading book three first. It was fascinating to see what life is really like in the White House, and the characters were all very interesting and likeable.
Sep 21, 2014 Tracy rated it it was ok
interesting story idea, and I finished it. but I didn't care for it. I felt like several leaps and contradictions were made. I wish I could have been the copyeditor!
Mark Cheathem
Dec 03, 2011 Mark Cheathem rated it it was ok
Kept waiting for a significant plot twist that never came. Okay way to pass a few hours, but I probably wouldn't read another Wallace novel.
Apr 26, 2012 Denise rated it it was ok
Challenging to settle into the book with all the jumping amongst lots of characters and names. Sometimes a little confusing. Stayed with it, however. It was OK.
Apr 28, 2015 Penny rated it really liked it
Great sequel! Will not miss the next book. Really enjoying the story. This book was, in my opinion, even better than the first.
Alicia Brooks
Aug 13, 2012 Alicia Brooks rated it it was ok
Eh, it was just eh....there were some good moments and some of the DC-speak felt familiar but I swear, people don't behave this way.
Mary Jane
Oct 08, 2015 Mary Jane rated it it was ok
Read this only to finish it. Did not find it compelling. Didn't feel too invested in the characters. Maybe it was just me - my frame of mind. Was anxious to start my next book...
Jun 13, 2012 Pearl rated it liked it
A beach read or a good book to help pass the time on a plane trip. I read it on the plane. It's the sequel to Wallace's first novel, "18 Acres." It has the same cast of characters and a couple new ones, many of whom we recognize from the real political world where Wallace sets her story.

Wallace was Communications Director in the George W. Bush White House and a senior adviser to McCain's political campaign. On that campaign she was assigned to assist Palin. Her disputes with Palin and disdain f
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3.37 Stars

It's Classified is the continuation of Nicolle Wallace’s Eighteen Acres. President Charlotte Kramer has won re-election with her new Vice President, Tara Meyers. Charlotte’s best friend, Melanie Kingston, is now the new Secretary of State. And she has kept Dale Smith close by allowing her to become the Democratic Veep’s Communication Director. Tara is finding it difficult to adjust in Washington, D.C. and into her new job. It isn’t because Kramer is a Republican nor the new “unity” Adm
Jan 17, 2016 MJ rated it it was ok
I picked this up at a library book sale because the jacket description sounded interesting and because I knew Wallace had spent time working for candidates, and in John McCain's presidential campaign. I read the first book in this series (Eighteen Acres) first, because I like to read books in order and to understand the characters' histories. I may have liked this book better if I hadn't done that.

If you read the book "Game Change" about the McCain campaign, you'll see that Wallace was assigned
Jun 22, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
This story is the second in the series, and fair warning - I did not read the first book, so that could perhaps affect my outlook. That being said, I really enjoyed this book.

GOOD THINGS - I liked that the VP was represented sympathetically overall, and that the situation wasn't overblown to the point of being unrealistic; she has problems, but they weren't so crazy that you were distracted thinking "this could never happen". The book doesn't in my opinion lean in any particular political direct
Feb 11, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it
Sometimes the writing style in this one can be a bit distracting (I remember one character being described as having 'eyes the color of a teal blue crayon'), but the characters are compelling and the plot is convincing, suspenseful, and captivating. This is the kind of political stories I look for; not just an updated version of palace intrigue tales, but a story about real people running a believably modern state. Most of the characters in this aren't just power-grabbing Machiavellis, but sympa ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
Shelves: decent-reads
Imagine - a female President, Vice-president and the Secretary of State. And the President and the VP are from different political parties. That's the case in this novel, so it's probably more of a fantasy than anything else. That said, the story appears to be in the present day, dealing with a President in her second term, and a VP who is basically not fit for office. There's also loyal staff members, intrigue, an implausible (at least to me) love story between the estranged husband of the pres ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This is a continuation of Wallace's previous novel "Eighteen Acres" but that doesn't mean that it cannot stand on its own. Charlotte was re-elected as President of the USA and has named Tara as her Vice-President. A dirty secret comes out about Tara's past. How does this affect the Vice-President?

An interesting thing with this author is that she was previously the Communications Director under George W. Bush and served as campaign director for the McCain/Palin campaign. That provides her with a
Jan 10, 2012 Marcus rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-sprints
Did critics of 'Eighteen Acres' complain that it did not espouse Republican political prowess? In the first book there was only a paragraph or two that identified the president as a Republican - at least until she went on the campaign trail with a split ticket.
The concept of an executive office with both party's represented, heralded in the first novel as a clever re-election move, is shown in the sequel to be a doomed non-starter which squarely blames the woman democrat who takes on the role o
Apr 12, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok
Shelves: audible
A continuation of Eighteen Acres in which Charlotte Kramer first woman president survives much political and persona scandal including the affair that her husband has had with the reporter. This one takes up as the other left off. Charlotte has been elected for a second term, real rabbit out of the hat magic and she has a new vice president that unbeknownst to her is a little mentally unbalanced. Tara Myers the afore mentioned vice president is really not fit for the job but that fact is hidden ...more
V Forr
Jun 27, 2015 V Forr rated it it was amazing
This novel is an excellent second installment in the series. Nicolle Wallace is an excellent storyteller and does a superb job of using her own White House experience to add authenticity to the plot. The story was still incredibly suspenseful, realistic, and vivid. The ongoing scandal keeps the reader engaged and wondering what happens next. The characters are still complex and fascinating. I liked how Ms. Wallace included new female characters while still developing the ones from the previous n ...more
May 24, 2012 Lucille rated it it was ok
Too many words for a somewhat one-tracked predictable story. I liked the strong female characters- having a woman as president and vice president, as well as secretary of state and various other powerful positions. However, the emotional and mental issues of the VP, Tara, undermined that female strength a bit. I didn't like how she let Marcus control her the way she did. I would have told him off! Hmph!
Dec 12, 2016 Steve rated it liked it
Dec 2016 I did not connect with most of the characters and they seemed to be at a distance from the reader. The TARA issues seemed potentially (or actually) real as well as all the back biting all around the white house. Since I admire Wallace as a commentator I thought I'd read the books but this piece of white house fiction is not my cup of tea ( and I have enjoyed the Stuart Woods presidential stories.)
Carol N
Jun 03, 2015 Carol N rated it really liked it
I guess you might say that I am caught up in the Nicolle Wallace's political fiction series dealing with the United States' first woman president. From the perceptive of a true insider, she shares a look into the lives of the political elite. It is fascinating and filled with intrigue and drama. What goes on behind the closed doors of the White House, The West Wing - truly opens one's eyes to the ins and outs of everyday political life. I am looking forward to the next read in the series.
This was the second book from a series written by this author. I enjoyed this story as much as I had enjoyed the first book. This author writes "real-to-life" characters. I thought that the plot of this story could really happen and those thoughts fightened me a little. Our government needs an overhaul, but I don't see this happening soon. If you are a reader that enjoys thinking about if a story could really happen, then you should get a copy of this book and read it.
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Nicolle Wallace is a bestselling author and political commentator who appears regularly on news programs such as ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Morning Joe on MSNBC.

Wallace, who served as communications chief for George W. Bush’s White House and re-election campaign, was credited with “injecting a tremendous amount of realism” into White House deliberations. According to th
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Eighteen Acres Trilogy (3 books)
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