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First of all, let me apologize to Anita (“Ani”) for my delay in putting this post up.  But, I finally have Ani!

I’m not going to do this post so much as a book review per se, but more of a description of what’s in the book and basically what it’s about.

Anita is  a Hillary supporter and admirer of both Hillary and Bill.  She was as disheartened and disgusted as we all were by the outcome of the 2008 election.  However, Anita decided to do something about it afterward.  She tears apart the 2008 election and provides an excellent analysis of what went on “behind the scenes” and at times, right in front of us…on national television yet.

Anita got an early introduction to the patriarchy and male attitudes toward women courtesy of her father.  He was, it seems, a petty tyrant who ruled over the household, but wasn’t the breadwinner.  That duty fell to her mother who at times worked 60 hours a week to support her husband, Ani and Ani’s step-sister.  Meanwhile, her father berated the woman who put the food on the table.

Anita covers every aspect of the election from the caucuses, to the debates between Obama and Clinton, to the DNC debacle and to the convention.  She writes about working in call centers, writing to her elected representatives over injustices done (and getting no responses).  Some of her best comments and statements are reserved for former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  The final chapter of the book is titled “The Media Confessional and Other Ruminations” and really gave me pause when reading it and thinking back to the election.  It did nothing to change my jaundiced view of the MSM but rather confirmed a lot things.

I think my favorite chapters were Chapter 8: “Women Who Ran from Hillary” and 14: “Is Maureen Dowd Necessary?”

Altogether, it is an excellent book on the 2008 election in general and what the media and politicians and her own party did to Hillary Clinton and her candidacy.

You can get the book here and for our ebook readers there is a Kindle version available too.

Some background information on Anita:

As an actor and native New Yorker living in Los Angeles, Anita Finlay has worked primarily in television for over twenty years, on such network series as “Castle,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “24,” “Hannah Montana,” “Boston Legal,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Vanished,” and “Judging Amy.” She spent seven years on “The Young and the Restless” as Dr. Nora Thompson and starred in a number of feature films and made-for-television movies including “Alternate Endings,” “The Last Place on Earth,” “Two Voices,” “Prison of Secrets, ”and “Visions of Murder.” She will soon guest star on “Perception” for TNT. Anita has done scores of commercial campaigns and worked in the theatre as a solo artist, writing and performing “The Devil Takes a Wife” to acclaim in Los Angeles theaters. She has also performed in regional theatres throughout the United States and had long running spokesperson contracts for a number of Fortune 500 companies. Moved to action by the biased coverage of the historic 2008 primaries, she became a staff writer for NoQuarter, a website recognized for its excellent political coverage. Her work has been featured on Real Clear Politics, MemeOrandum and several other widely read political blogs. She is currently on the writing staff of The New Agenda, a bi-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls.

Her website is here.

Just tweeted with Ani and she provided me with some additional info.  You can see it here

Amazon ranking of the book Dirty Words on Clean Skin by Anita Finlay

Ranked #2 in Best Sellers in Women in Politics Books!!  Way to go Ani!! Congrats!!

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