Synopses & Reviews
A rising star of the Democratic Party tells the fascinating story of the ways his multicultural heritage and political education have shaped his dreams for America and given him the vital lessons in the art of successful negotiating.
Read by the author
Abridged CDs - 5 CDs, 6 hours
"Richardson's backslapping enthusiasm for public service comes through unfettered in this enjoyable audiobook. Richardson, current governor of New Mexico, has served in Congress, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and President Clinton's energy secretary. A four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, he specializes in hostage-release negotiations with hostile governments and peace talks between warring factions. Richardson's style is blunt, and he's unafraid to paint dynamic pictures of his political accomplishments and entanglements. But his treatment of his Mexican-American background and personal life makes for the most compelling listening, especially the kidnapping of his sister in Mexico City. Richardson's diction is sometimes muffled syllables swallowed, words rushed out on residual air, and on occasion critical words can be misheard ('vital' comes across as 'vile'). But for the most part, this loose, unbridled quality adds a human touch to the narration.. Some listeners may argue this is less political memoir and more extended campaign commercial for a possible presidential run in 2008. But in either case, Richardson's in-your-face manner makes for an engaging listen. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 3). (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)