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Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  19 reviews

A revealing, in-depth biography of Mike Pence, the most secretive and ingratiating vice president in modern history, from a reporter with remarkable access

No journalist has covered Mike Pence for as long or as closely as Tom LoBianco. The seasoned political reporter was at the first campaign rally governor Pence held in his hometown of Columbus, Indiana. He was there when

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Dey Street Books
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Want to make of clear at the outset that I dislike Mike Pence. Heading into the book, I felt he was a hypocrite who would say anything to become president. The book confirmed this, but is not a hatchet job, nothing about it is "gotcha!" material.

First part was slightly tedious, though necessary to give a background. What stood out for me was the desperation to acquire money, as portrayed in his failed Congressional bid where he cleverly incorporated the campaign so that he could legally, if not
Jill Meyer
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a long-time reader of political biographies, I've always found the best, most honest ones, tend to be written by a third person, and not the politician or someone in his orbit. Usually, print and media people are honest enough to write a fair biography. And so it is with AP journalist Tom Lobianco and his new biography, "Piety and Power:Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House". I am not a fan of our Vice-President, but in these weird times of a coming impeachment of Donald Trump and, ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everybody with any interest in politics should read this book and nobody will like it

If you are a Trump fan, you will hate how the author condenses all his faults into 310 pages, showing just how mcuh you haver to overlook to think he isn[t the worst person to ever hold this office.

If you think he is the worst person to hold the office (as I do) you will have to suck down all his awfulness in one quick drink while realizing that it could be worse. Mike Pence really wants to be President, and
Liz Norell
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
While this book and its author deserve kudos for deep reporting on Pence's history, the book itself read slowly and wasn't as illuminating as I'd hoped. Ultimately, Lobianco seems to conclude that nobody really knows Mike Pence.... not even the man himself. That's both sad and frustrating. I'm not sorry I read this book, but I wouldn't recommend it given how many far more interesting and useful books there are to spend your time on instead.
I give this an "I liked it" rating because I learned quite a bit about the current VPOTS and SLOTUS - Mike and Karen Pence. Karen is definitely the one with the power in this marriage. Pence is a fence rider and will blend in with the background or furniture. I don't see where he has good leadership skills and if he does get the job as POTUS rather though removal, resignation, or election we would continue to see West Wing chaos. However, POTUS is the job he has always wanted so maybe his ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I know too much about Donald Trump but very little about Mike Pence. Based on this book, I wish I did not know much about Mike Pence at all. In his early political days, he sounds like bit of a flip flopper. His religious beliefs seem to dictate how he thinks about politics, the role of government, and cultural values. Why Pence's religious beliefs seem to present him with little pause about the behavior, actions and policies of his boss is a bit mysterious. His wife Karen appears to wear the ...more
The Sandstress
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Disappointed in this book

I heard the author on CSpan and based on his interview I thought the book would be more balanced. The author's lack of knowledge about the Bible is clearly evidenced by his belief that Evangelicals think that they can "usher in the second coming of Christ". I also think that his portrayal of Mike Pence being conniving is based on his own personal disdain for followers of Jesus or his disdain for Donald Trump or his disdain for the "deplorable voters" who voted for him.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As somebody who has followed Mike Pence from a distance through his time in the House, the Governor's mansion in India and now Vice President, I always Pence was a fairly boring character. And he still might be. But this book by Lobianco paints an interesting portrait of a man driven by faith, a love for politics but most of all ambition.

People thought Hillary Clinton was ambitious and she was. And most successful politicians who reach the pinnacles of power are ambitious. But Pence has hopped,
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Lobianco does a solid interview on the different talk shows and writes in a clear style. He gives readers a well told history of Pence and his family and how he got where he is today. Pence comes across as having one goal -- to be President and every step in his life has been about getting there.

I've said from the beginning that the policies and orders given by Trump sounded more like Pence would want than what Trump would want. That Pence was the man behind the throne. LoBianco's book
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose it's not easy to write an interesting book about The Most Boring Man in the World, but boy does Tom Lobianco try. He manages to provide a plausible explanation as to how someone can be both ignorant and borderline evil while still maintaining the dubious honor of being the human equivalent of a mayonnaise sandwich.

I don't think there is any universe where a book about Mike Pence can reasonably be considered "enjoyable" but I think this is as close as we're ever going to get. I know
Daniel Silliman
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Found this book really disappointing. It didn't answer the basic question, who is Mike Pence? I want to know how he makes decisions, how he balances his ambition and his religious commitments, what role his wife plays in the process? Instead, the book offers a recount of the RFRA controversy and a blow-by-blow narrative about how Pence was chosen to be VP. That's interesting, but leaves a lot unanswered.
Becca Beck
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“...he kind of resembled a coatrack at times, there but not entirely present.”
Mike Pence is like a coatrack that blends into whatever surroundings he happens to be in. He is biding his time until God gives him the ultimate power. What other terrifying beliefs lurk in his head? I don’t want to find out.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although I live in Indiana, I did not know much about Mike Pence. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was very well written and included many many interesting facts. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning more about our current vice president. I especially enjoyed the more current chapters dealing with his Vice Presidency and his relationship with Donald Trump.
Valerie Pechenik
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very readable description of the trajectory of Mike Pence into his current position as Vice President. It offers interesting insights into his character, perspectives, and ambitions. It also ties in other players during the time period so it helped me understand more of the Republican political apparatus.
Oct 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Renata Janney
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Gave up about 2/3 through. Some interesting factoids but didn’t hold my interest through long parts about Indiana state politics. If politics is your thing, you might like it more.
Steve Peifer
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lightweight sells his soul to become VP. As depressing and soul crushing as it sounds, but it is well written.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty much negates his statement that he is a Christian, a conservative and a Republican in that order. Inserting the word “ambitious” would make the statement more accurate.
Neil McGee
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enj this informative backstory on the Vice president who I had never heard of before being outside of Indiana .

Anything is possible so I never predict the future.
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