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It's Classified: A Novel (Eighteen Acres Trilogy #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 to make her mark on history tho
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ebook, 336 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Atria Books (first published September 20th 2011)
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Rory
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
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
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Charlotte
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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
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Michael
Feb 21, 2012 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 19, 2012 Katharine Ott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy
Apr 14, 2013 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
MJ
Jan 17, 2016 MJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Gale
Apr 23, 2012 Gale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Genie
Mar 20, 2012 Genie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Penny
May 29, 2015 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Great sequel! Will not miss the next book. Really enjoying the story. This book was, in my opinion, even better than the first.
Maggie
Feb 11, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Jane
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...
Tracy
Sep 21, 2014 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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!
Denise
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.
Mark Cheathem
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.
Alicia Brooks
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.
Gloria
Jul 21, 2016 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura
Dec 11, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Amanda
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
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Pearl
Jun 13, 2012 Pearl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Carol N
Jun 16, 2015 Carol N rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
pianogal
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.
Debbie
Aug 05, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Marilyn

Follow the ups and downs of the inner workings of the Presidency and Vice Presidency with Charlotte, the elected President, and Tara, a later addition as Vice President. How can you keep your previous health conditions and private life separate? As an elected official, nothing can be concealed without consequences.
Miriam
May 18, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a sequel equal to or better than the first book. i thoroughly enjoyed the travails of the VP in the first mixed (R and D) ticket for pres and vice pres.well written by an insider in the political world, so the details are authentic and believable.
Barb
Jan 01, 2012 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
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Diane
Feb 16, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
book two in a series by this author; better than the first; easy read with interesting characters. I also learned a lot about Washington DC. I definitely want to read the third in the series.
Marcus
Feb 15, 2012 Marcus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lcitera
The sequel to EIGHTEEN ACRES. No real plot surprises but a good read. I look forward to reading MADAME PRESIDENT which as of now apparently wraps up the saga.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Eighteen Acres Trilogy (3 books)
  • Eighteen Acres (Charlotte Kramer, #1)
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