The Shadow President

The Shadow President

The Truth About Mike Pence

Book - 2018
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Little-known outside his home state until Donald Trump made him his running mate, Mike Pence--who proclaims himself a Christian first, a conservative second, and a Republican third--has long worn a carefully-constructed mask of Midwestern nice. Behind his self-proclaimed humility and self-abasing deference, however, hides a man whose own presidential ambitions have blazed since high school. Pence's drive for power, perhaps inspired by his belief that God might have big plans for him, explains why he shocked his allies by lending Christian credibility to a scandal-plagued candidate like Trump. In this landmark biography, Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael D'Antonio and Emmy-nominated journalist Peter Eisner follow the path Pence followed from Catholic Democrat to conservative evangelical Republican. They reveal how he used his time as rightwing radio star to build connections with powerful donors; how he was a lackluster lawmaker in Congress but a prodigious fundraiser from the GOP's billionaire benefactors; and how, once he locked in his views on the issues--anti-gay, pro-gun, anti-abortion, pro big-business--he became laser-focused on his own pursuit of power. As THE SHADOW PRESIDENT reveals, Mike Pence is the most important and powerful Christian Right politician America has ever seen. Driven as much by theology as personal ambition, Pence is now positioned to seize the big prize--the presidency--and use it to fashion a nation more pleasing to his god and corporate sponsors.
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books,, 2018
©2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250301192
125030119X
Branch Call Number: 973.933092 D'Antonio
Characteristics: xi, 308 pages ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Eisner, Peter

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bookie66
Oct 14, 2019

Well written and researched and....frightening. I didn't know much about Pence but I am now terrified that he could become President. Trump is laying the groundwork for ignoring the checks and balances and getting away with it. What is going to happen to our country when no one has a conscience and is only self-serving at these high positions ?

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djtj
Oct 11, 2019

Looks like ol' Mikey is not a real christian after all. He lied about Flynn and now he is lying about Dumpy asking Ukraine to investigate Biden. Pence is as big of con man as Dumpy. Believe me. I am a stable genius with a great brain.

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franzkafka
Jul 18, 2019

Pence is one of Trump's staunchest MAGAts. He wants to be president. Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

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mesigirl3619
Feb 07, 2019

Enlightening as far as it goes. My personal opinion, Pence is just biding his time 'til he can run for Pres. on his own. Feels God has CHOSEN him for President. Evangelical Christians interpret the Bible differently on many areas than Lutheran Evangelical Christians!

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dirtbag
Nov 06, 2018

The book seems to be well researched, but I found it to be repetitive and dull. I don't think that is really the author's fault since Pence seems to be a repetitive and dull guy. He seems to be the sort of politician who commits to nothing, while maintaining his own personal goals. Most of these goals relate to evangelical Christianity and a striving for power. It would be wise to think carefully about whether you would want this guy to be the next president.

To bbb1771:

It may be best if you count to ten before commenting...also I suspect that you are a Canadian library employee so you are representing more than yourself.

To General America:
Have you read the book?

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bbb1771
Oct 11, 2018

The comment section demonstrates in a single screen shot what is wrong with the majority of Americans today. You have two five star ratings, one by someone who clearly hasn't even read the book "I HOPE this book mentions..." and a half star condemnation by someone calling it 'fake news' when the book contains 16+ pages of notes backing up from independent sources much of the book's contents.

We use to be able to believe that those who took the time to read books did so with an open mind, hoping the book they invested time into would enlighten them, or challenge them, or at very least inform them. Now the time and effort of the authors is reduced to people who mindlessly embrace or condemn based on uniformed tribalism.

This book is a well written, well documented overview of VP Pence's political career up to 2018. There is very little in the book that those who read it from the right would find anything other than inspiring. There is even less in the book that would cause those on the left to feel anything but concern. But Pence is a human being, not a meme to be used to make one's existing political views.

Love him or hate him, the authors have done a great job trying to help individuals with open minds begin to understand him. Those who clearly haven't bothered to invest the time to read the author's work should troll their uninformed comments somewhere other than a library site where READERS share their thoughts.

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GeneralAmerica
Oct 05, 2018

I hope this book mentions how Pence was paid thousands by Big Tobacco to promote smoking and to LIE and say that smoking doesn't cause cancer. Pence is nothing but a lying con man. Hope he has fun in hell because that is where he is headed.

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naturalist
Sep 19, 2018

“VP-Elect Mike Pence Does Not Accept Evolution: Here's Why That Matters”
by Shaena Montanari, postedNovember 10, 2016, at Forbes
https://www.forbes.com/sites/shaenamontanari/2016/11/10/vp-elect-mike-pence-does-not-accept-evolution-heres-why-that-matters/#5e053e7015a7
and,
“Project Blitz: the legislative assault by Christian nationalists to reshape America – Since Donald Trump became president, rightwing groups are helping flood state legislatures with bills that promote hardline Christian conservative views”
by David Taylor, posted June 4, 2018, at The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/04/project-blitz-the-legislative-assault-by-christian-nationalists-to-reshape-America
and,
“Mike Pence, Holy Terror – Are you sure you want to get rid of Donald Trump?”
by Frank Bruni, posted July 2018, at The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/28/opinion/sunday/mike-pence-holy-terror.html
and,
“Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. History”
by Jeremy Scahill, posted November 15, 2016, at The Intercept
https://theintercept.com/2016/11/15/mike-pence-will-be-the-most-powerful-christian-supremacist-in-us-history/
and,
“God’s Plan for Mike Pence – Will the vice president—and the religious right—be rewarded for their embrace of Donald Trump?”
by McKay Coppins, Jan / Feb issue of Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/01/gods-plan-for-mike-pence/546569/
further reading:
“Blueprint for Theocracy : The Christian Right's Vision for America : Examining a Radical Worldview and Its Roots”
James C. Sanford
Metacomet Books 2014, hc, 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0974704202, ISBN-13: 978-0974704203
and,
“God's Own Party : The Making of the Christian Right”
Daniel K. Williams
Oxford University Press 2010, hc, 400 pages
ISBN-10: 0195340841, ISBN-13: 978-0195340846
and,
“Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States”
Warren J. Blumenfeld, Khyati Y. Joshi, Ellen E. Fairchild (contributors)
Sense Pub, 2008, ISBN-10: 9087906773, ISBN-13: 978-9087906771
and,
“The Family : The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power” 2009
Jeff Sharlet 1972-
Harper Perennial 2009, pbk, 464 pages,
ISBN-10: 0060560053, ISBN-13: 978-0060560058
and,
“The Fundamentals of Extremism : The Christian Right in America”
Edwin Kagin, Bobbie Kirkhart, Ed Buckner, Herb Silverman, John Suarez (authors), Kimberly Blaker (author, editor),
John G. Swomley (foreword)
New Boston Books 2003, hc, 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0972549609, ISBN-13: 978-0972549608
and,
“The New Religious Right : Piety, Patriotism, and Politics”
Walter H. Capps
University of South Carolina Press, Revised edition 1990, pbk, 268 pages
ISBN-10: 0872497410, ISBN-13: 978-0872497412

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dred
Sep 13, 2018

Pure nonsense. And this is why they call it fake news. Because idiots like this are writing it.

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red_dog_14987
Aug 06, 2018

Pence is a nut job.

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