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Emily Benton has spent her entire life immersed in politics. Having been raised in the industry, she has the kinds of contacts that it takes most politicians decades to build. She knows that she can win the race for president of the United States, but only if she destroys her rival first, before he can find and use hidden ammunition on her. If Emily destroys him, the elect ...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published April 16th 2008 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published April 1st 2008)
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Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
I loved this quote from the book “GOLDEN RULE OF POLITICS “Do unto others as they would do unto you, but do it FIRST.” Isn’t that the truth. Ha! The author states that “If Christians don’t venture out into the world and work to lift it above its troubles, what good are we???” I felt the urgency of this message as I read each page.

Laura Hayden spins a heartfelt tale of a president in the making as she describes Emily Benton’s race to the white house. The political race takes so many twists and tu
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Emily Benton wants to be the first female President of the United States. Kate Rosen is her best friend, her chief of staff, her campaign manager and her moral compass. This first installment of the American Series by Laura Hayden covers the campaign through election night.

Emily is high-powered and will stop at nothing to achieve what she wants. Kate finds that politics often clashes with her Christian beliefs.

I found this to be an interesting story, especially as it came out during this last el
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Kimberly
Jun 30, 2008 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Shelves: gentle-reads
This book was just okay. It was slow-moving at times and overly heavy on the political "behind the scenes" descriptions. I appreciated some of the descriptions, but there were too many, especially since we are all living through a major election right now. I liked the character of Kate and it will be interesting to see how she develops in the sequel, which is set after the election. I also appreciated the faith-based dilemmas facing Kate, Nick and Wes. This book wasn't overly preachy, but it did ...more
A Brody
Sep 20, 2008 A Brody rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
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Wow talk about timely! I enjoyed this book not only because of current events in the political world, but because it made me look at politics differently. The effort and dedication it takes to aspire for the presidency is enormous, more so than I ever realized. This story had it all--great characters, a lot of insight into politics and politicians and a look at the realistic role of religion in today's world. It was well written, paced well, and very engaging. I can't wait for the sequels.
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Aug 13, 2008 Rebekah rated it liked it
This was a pretty good read. The politics and events were believable although, dealing with current political issues makes it difficult to get completely into the story since the main character supposedly had an uncle who was president which, is not true. I was impressed with some of the final conclusions of the main character as they were good reminders to myself of the fact that God has called each of us to specific tasks for Him.
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