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Summary

In this well-rounded, deeply investigated biography, the first full look at the vice president, two award-winning journalists unmask the real Mike Pence.  

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 right-wing 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.

©2018 Michael D'Antonio and Peter Eisner (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

"It presents an entirely damning portrait of Pence. You've seen his colors before, but not so vividly and in this detail." (Frank Bruni, The New York Times)

"Producing a biography of a living, controversial politician is always difficult. D'Antonio and Eisner have succeeded in this well-documented, damning book." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

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Great way to nod off

I had this for a few months and for the life of me couldn’t manage to get through it due to its monotone, painfully dull narration. The material itself I felt was interesting so ended up going to the library and getting the book out (I didn’t want to pay twice for it).

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  • wanda
  • 27-09-18

Scary

Well researched, well written and well narrated. It left me scared as hell and more alarmed about the potential for this administration surviving in 2020 than I was when I was just worried about Trump.

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  • Mari
  • 23-09-18

A Man Who Would Be President

This man will run for president. Perhaps not in 2020, but most certainly he will run at some point. We need to know who he is and what he stands for. This book has been well researched and gives insight into the man who has planned his entire life for the moment when he plans to ascend to the highest office in the land.

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  • 16-09-18

Beware of the Shadow President

In this book we come to recognize that Pence’s own ambition for ascending to the presidency is his only truth, and that the character and piety he displays are as hallow as the president he blindly salutes en route to that position.

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  • Shelley Bachicha
  • 25-09-18

All American horror story

All too true all American horror story. Honestly after hearing this book the Cheeeto must stay in office...... a derp is far easier to manage than a cold calculating man.

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  • joe
  • 12-02-22

Terrible book

This book was a complete waste of my time to slick with outward bias to Trump facts are few and mushy will never recommend this blather of a book

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  • Steven Hassan PhD
  • 22-02-19

Excellent, well researched

I found this a through well researched and documented book on the man who has staffed the Trump administration and seeks to establish a theocracy and undermine the civil rights of Americans as week as influencing world politics in an extreme direction.

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  • Sheila Y. Miner
  • 17-01-19

Riveting!

I’ve had major reservations about Pence all along, but this book had me nearly sick with disgust when I realized my suspicions were correct. We can’t let this guy become President; he’s dangerous!

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  • Dominique Bessette
  • 21-03-19

Lacking Honesty!!

The book comes up short on many facts and when the facts are correct the distortion and one sided nature that is provided is very misleading.
He portrays religious people as nut jobs and hails abortion as a wonder thing. It’s about what I expected.

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  • David
  • 17-10-18

Shallow and Petty

Unfortunately, this account proved to be a superficial treatment on Pence written by authors who just seem to have an axe to grind with Christianity. Was disappointed that there were not many “behind the scenes” accounts.
I love reading bios, but this one was a fail.

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  • Valerie Delloiacono
  • 09-09-18

Opinion Only

Very few facts. Just writer opinion. We are not fans of Pence or Trump, just very disappointed in the op-ed nature of this book. That being said, Pence scares us but not as much as Trump.

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