Storming the statehouse : running for governor with Ann Richards and Dianne Feinstein /

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Author / Creator:Morris, Celia, 1935-
Imprint:New York : Scribner's Sons ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : M. Macmillan International, c1992.
Description:viii, 323 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject:Richards, Ann, -- 1933-2006
Feinstein, Dianne, -- 1933-
Feinstein, Dianne, -- 1933-
Richards, Ann, -- 1933-2006
Governors -- Texas -- Election.
Governors -- California -- Election.
Governors -- Election.
Politics and government
Texas -- Politics and government -- 1951-
California -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:0684193280 : $25.00 ($32.50 Can.)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [305]-308) and index.
Review by Choice Review

The gubernatorial campaigns of Richards (Texas) and Feinstein (California) rank among the most conspicuous and fascinating races involving women candidates to date. This book is based primarily on interviews with campaign participants. Both campaigns were costly, close, and depended on coalitional support of women and people of color. The author compares and contrasts the two campaigns, including the factors influencing the outcome of each. However, much of the book consists of generally rich and thorough case studies of the two campaigns, with particular attention paid to the candidates' characters and personalities. While the book offers insights about the barriers encountered by women in politics, Morris does not explicitly bring into her analysis much of the scholarly work on voting behavior or women's role in politics. Nonetheless, her book is savvy and does provide some useful insights into the organization and management of statewide campaigns. It is an appropriate acquisition for undergraduate libraries and will serve as a useful resource for students writing research papers on women in state politics. Recommended for undergraduate libraries and general readers. M. Hendrickson; Wilson College

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Review by Booklist Review

Morris takes readers on the campaign trails of two seemingly contrasting yet similar women, both 58-year-old Democrats and seasoned politicians, who met with quite different results in their respective 1990 runs for governor of two of the nation's largest and most politically influential states. We learn firsthand how and why Ann Richards, a small-town woman with loads of charisma, won the Texas gubernatorial race and, by contrast, how her better-financed and -strategized counterpart, former San Francisco mayor Dianne Feinstein, lost her bid for governor of California. Morris holds readers' interest with her alternating focus on personality and strategy. She offers a well-balanced view of both Richards and Feinstein, tracing their personal and political development over the years. But what makes this book a real winner is its skill at analyzing the specifics of the election process and how that process cost or carried the election of two very prominent and equally deserving candidates. Morris' previous work was the biography Fanny Wright: Rebel in America. ~--Mary Banas

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Advocacy journalism written with a feminist slant, this is a powerful, knowing, instructive, ingratiating recreation, as Morris ( Fanny Wright ), taking to the 1990 gubernatorial campaign trails in Texas and California, introduces us to two inspiring women and bruising politics. Ann Richards proved to be a winner not only with the Texas electorate but with the author as well. The former state treasurer captured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination from Jim Mattox, state attorney general, then narrowly defeated Republican contender Clayton Williams in a vituperative race made even sleazier by the good ol' boy millionaire rancher's assertions that his opponent--a member of AA and divorced mother of four--was a drug addict and lesbian. By comparison, San Francisco mayor Dianne Feinstein's unsuccessful (by 300,000 votes) gubernatorial race against Republican Pete Wilson, U.S. senator, after she bested state attorney general John Van de Kamp in the Democratic primary, was politics as usual. Morris is hard put to make the admirable Feinstein as appealing as Richards, resulting in the book's less vivid second half. Still, so fully are readers caught up in the excitement, uncertainties and manipulations of the political process that they will be held fast. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

In 1990, two of the most important and exciting gubenatorial races were dominated by two very different women. Ann Richards was a down-home Texas native whose sharp wit won her national prominence at the 1988 Democratic convention when she described George Bush as being born with a silver foot in his mouth. Coming from a wealthy San Francisco family, Dianne Feinstein became the city's first woman mayor after the assassination of George Moscone. Yet both women shared a great deal in common because they were ``women breaking barriers in a world designed and ruled by men.'' Morris ( Fanny Wright: Rebel in America , Harvard Univ. Pr., 1984) brings a feminist perspective to this fascinating study of why Richards triumphed over Clayton Williams in the maelstrom of ``macho'' Texas politics while Feinstein, virtually indistinguishable from her Republican opponent, lost in California. Although Morris tries to give fair coverage to both candidates, the section on Richards, like Ann herself, is far more vivid and colorful than her chapters on Feinstein. Still, this inside look at women in politics is highly recommended for all collections. Previewed in ``On the Campaign Book Trail,'' LJ 3/15/92.--Ed.-- Wilda Williams, ``Library Journal'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Weighted report on the 1990 Democratic campaigns of Ann Richards, who won the statehouse in Texas, and Dianne Feinstein, who lost it in California; by the author of Fanny Wright: Rebel in America (not reviewed). Morris burdens her reading of the two races by trying to forge feminist lessons from the stories of two very different 58-year-old women in contests that broke records for cost (around $50 million) rather than high-mindedness. To the author, Ann Richards's ``triumph''--winning in the state ``that set the American standard for macho''--``was not only a tribute to her courage, shrewdness, tenacity, and luck, but a cultural phenomenon tantamount to revolution.'' The Waco-born perfectionist with the ``hard hair,'' briefly in the spotlight making fun of George Bush at the 1988 Democratic convention, seems to have won by counterattacking her cowboy-style opponent, businessman Clayton Williams, whose campaign collapsed. (As Morris puts it, he ``shot off the lower half of his body.'') In the author's view, Dianne Feinstein, who'd become San Francisco mayor when George Moscone was assassinated, won the nomination because she had ``a rich husband'' and ``the television camera loved her.'' Throughout, Morris relies on what campaign advisers thought and what newspapers reported; she fails to dig any deeper. The controversial financial dealings of Feinstein's husband she discusses at the hypothetical level of ``widgets.'' Feinstein lost a close race, in Morris's view, because she couldn't distinguish herself from Republican Pete Wilson, and made mistakes. An agenda-driven play-by-play that's told too far from the heat of the field.

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