Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Jan 19, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
22 Reviews

A memoir of being young and female in the clinton White House

Stacy Parker Aab was born in Detroit in 1974, the only daughter of a white Kansas farm girl and a young black Detroiter fresh from two tours of Vietnam. An excellent student, Aab gravitated toward public service and moved to Washington, D.C., for college in the hopeful days of 1992.

Not only would Aab study political communication at The George Washington University, but she would also intern at the White House. For three years, she worked for George Stephanopoulos. In 1997 she became White House staff, serving as Paul Begala's special assistant.

At first, life was charmed, with nurturing mentors, superstar politicos, and handsome Secret Service agents. In January 1998, the world of the Clinton White House changed radically. Monica Lewinsky became a household name, and Aab learned quickly that in Washington, protectors can become predators, investigators will chase you like prey, and if you make mistakes with a powerful man, the world will turn your name into mud.

Government Girl is a window into the culture of the Clinton White House, as seen through the eyes of an idealistic young female aide. Stacy Parker Aab's intimate memoir tells of her coming-of-age in the lion's den. Her story provides a searing look at the dynamics between smart young women and the influential older men who often hold the keys to their dreams.

  

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User Review  - Sarahlynn Lester - Goodreads

This is really 3-1/2 stars. I really enjoyed reading Government Girl. But . . . there were a few things that drove me crazy about the book. My biggest annoyance was with the structure. I've read ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ari - Goodreads

If I have one wish for America, it is my hope that when our leaders stumble, as they will, when they hurt others and themselves, which is inevitable, that we will be as compassionate to them as we ... Read full review

Contents

Down for the Night
1
Intern
17
Entrée
19
Paradise City
33
Nineteen Candles
52
White Gloves
69
This Kind of Intimacy
85
Trespassers
100
The Trouble with Agents
136
Staff
151
Welcome Back Swimmer
153
Family Reunions
170
Cliffside at the Abyss
176
Truth Lies and Background Checks
192
To Be Alone with a Powerful Man
206
Copyright

Advice from Vernon Jordan
121

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About the author (2010)

Stacy Parker Aab has written political and social commentary for The Huffington Post and Salon.com, and served as the primary contributor to Voices from the Storm: The People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath. She continues to work on Katrina-related research projects.

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