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It's Classified: A Novel (Charlotte Kramer #2)

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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 t
ebook, 336 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
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
Bodie P
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
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
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
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
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

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
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
Michael Jenkins
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
Good follow up to the first book. Thought it was a little too stereotypical. The characters all behaved exactly how you thought they would. Wish she would have spun it differently - start there, but then give us something unexpected. Good read, but that would have been funner.
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
Katharine Ott
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
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
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
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
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!
Great Read

Terrific and thrilling read. A real inside look at how our political system really works and the very real people we elect to lead us. The story moves at a face fast enough to keep you glued to the pages!
A good book. Very thought provoking. How do we handle certain stigmas?
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). ...more
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.
Marty Greenwell
This was light and a quick read after "Sacred Games". After 20 pp I thought it was a beach book. However, I grew to enjoy it and like the machinations of the political machinery in the White House. The characters are human and overworked. The original in the series, Eighteen Acres, might be better
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!
I just finished reading and I must say this was a very fast read. I loved how the characters developed in this 2nd book. Although I am upset that the character of Melanie wasn't developed more towards the end. I am really hoping thats because there will be a 3rd boom on her character intermixed with Dale. Great book definitely recommend
I have found that there is a positive difference in books of the spy/thriller genre that are written by women. It's not a specific gender specific point of view just a angle that isn't present in the Thor, Griffin, Silva etc books.
Read this book. It brings that fascinating zip code into an interesting perpsective.
Oct 23, 2011 Paul rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: political intrigue afficionadoes
Recommended to Paul by: Interview on Rachel Maddow
Charlotte Kramer for president! First woman president's second term with opposition
party vice president. Dealt with mental collapse brought about by the 24/7 pressure
felt by running mate. The story sounded authentic and had depth. So much to
like about this well written sequel to Eighteen Acres.
Very good: I'd go 4.5 if I could.... I think it's best if read immediately following "Eighteen Acres." The leak was predicable but all the White House machinations are very, very interesting. Interesting characters and lots going on. Very enjoyable. I hope there's a #3 on the way!
Captivating fiction. Story of a woman elected Vice President who was not thoroughly vetted or emotionally or mentally up to the job. Written by a Republican operative who dealt with Sarah Palin. Author's use of real people, places and events makes it fun read.
Pretty good. I wanted it to be a more on the nose reference to S.P., but other than that I dug it. I think I need to manage my expectations more. It was a good story, just not what I wanted it to be - more like American Wife was what I was after.
Follow up to Eighteen Acres, this book follows four women in power in Washington. Written by a former White House Staff member, the story is full of interesting details. Despite this, it's solidly chick lit, yet a reasonably compelling read.
Kelly Bragg
Great book, easy read. A stunning portrait of just what *could* happen if an unqualified person was elected to be vice-president of the U.S. Hmmm... Nicolle worked on the McCain/Palin campaign. Wonder where she got her story idea?
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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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