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Straight from the Heart: My Life in Politics and Other Places

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Ann Richards--keynote speaker of the 1988 Democratic convention and front-runner in the 1990 Texas gubernatorial race--offers a smart, candid look at her life in politics and the struggles she has won.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by Simon & Schuster (first published September 1989)
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Robert
Jan 10, 2013 Robert rated it it was ok
Ann Richards is one of my political heroes.
To my surprise, this book ends before she runs for Governor of Texas.
It takes place in an era when women were just starting to taken seriously in politics and I suspect in Texan politics in particular. It also brings a real clarity to what it was like to be a wife, mother and aspiring activist.
And Ann was an activist and a great advocate for women's issues.
She was rising star in Texas politics during the end of the Halcyon years for the Democratic P
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Tomas
Apr 24, 2008 Tomas rated it it was amazing
Must read autobiography. ITS A MUST!

I read this book back in 2005 and it was a fun look into a woman whose life was full of energy and excitement. Her rise as a young woman, mother, educator, wife and politician.

Its a journey through Ann Richards life in a way that lets you connect with a woman that was admired by many.
Marcus K.
Mar 07, 2010 Marcus K. rated it really liked it
Governor Richards was an incredible politician, and although I generally think that political autobiographies are little more than pro-candidate propoganda, I still enjoyed learning more about this amazing woman.
Hannah
Dec 31, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
Well worth reading if you are interested in Texas politics, the making of a remarkable (female) politician, and women's rights in general. Ann Richards was one amazing woman.
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Ann Richards was the 45th governor of Texas who appointed record numbers of women and minorities to state boards and agencies. She was a strong feminist and believed a lot in education. Richards also served on numerous boards of philanthropic, educational and public interest organizations. After her death in 2006, the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders was opened in Austin, TX to continue ...more
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