Format: Hardcover, 320pp
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
"A generation ago, a bestseller called The Boys on the Bus caused a sensation with an insider's view of reporters on the Nixon-McGovern campaign trail." "Now The Girls in the Van offers a similar behind-the-scenes look at Hillary Clinton's historic Senate run. This funny, breezy chronicle is the ultimate press pass to the day-to-day gossip, political maneuvering, awkward missteps, and inside jokes of the election. Veteran Associated Press reporter Beth Harpaz follows Hillary from the moment she dons a black pantsuit and Yankees cap and declares her love for a state where she has never lived, all the way to her historic victory as the only first lady to ever win elective office." This book is a front-row seat in the press van as Hillary takes a My Fair Lady-style Yiddish lesson, invokes Harriet Tubman thirty times on a tour of thirty black churches, and spends as much time explaining why she kissed Yasir Arafat's wife as she does justifying why she stays married to Bill. Meet Chelsea as she stumps for her mother, the Secret Service agents who drove reporters crazy, and the campaign staffers who live to spin. Learn why the press corps's nickname for Hillary's opponent, Rick Lazio, was "Dick Lonzo," and listen in as the first lady bonds with Buffalo by announcing that she, too, "grew up in a Great Lakes state!" Watch reporters agonize over leads and deadlines, and working mothers in the press corps juggle campaign coverage with family responsibilities like potty training - a subject that the author unwittingly ends up discussing with Hillary on the evening news.
From The Critics
Bruce Morton - CNN National Correspondent
Beth Harpaz...offers some of the best insights I've read into the woman who is our most famous, and most mysterious, senator.
Walter Mears - AP Senior Political Correspondent
...fine reading for anyone interested in politics, Clintons and the inside lore of the way campaigns are covered.