The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life (Hardcover)

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"One goal of this memoir is to inspire people to fight for change. It takes what I call the Art of Tough and I've had to do it all my life."---Senator Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer has made her mark, combining compassionate advocacy with scrappiness in a political career spanning more than three decades. Now, retiring from the Senate, she continues the work to which she's dedicated 30 years in Congress. Her memoir, The Art of Tough, shares her provocative and touching recollections of service, and cements her commitment to the fight for women, families, quality, environmental protection, all in a peaceful world.

Sometimes lauded, sometimes vilified, but always standing tough, Boxer has fought for what is right even when her personal convictions conflicted with her party or the majority rule.

About the Author


Barbara Levy Boxer is the junior United States Senator from California, serving since 1993. A lifelong Democrat, she previously served in the House of Representatives for ten years, from 1983 to 1993. Married for more than fifty years, she lives in California, where she raised two children and has four grandchildren.

Praise For…


"[Boxer has] an eye for a good anecdote.... a key record of her work."—Publishers Weekly

"Anyone who thinks that Washington can't be understood, has no great hearts, and is not crucial to our daily lives will be turned around on all counts by Barbara Boxer's irresistible story of her more than four decades there. Read this as a bridge into the coming political year, and you won't just vote, you'll fight to vote."—Gloria Steinem, feminist, activist, and author


"For decades I have worked with Barbara
Boxer on issues that have touched our hearts and our lives. She is a woman of
her word and she is one of the most generous leaders I have ever met in
politics."—Nancy Pelosi, 52nd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-California)


"In more than 40 years in government, Barbara Boxer has truly mastered the 'Art of Tough.' Her life and work are an inspiration to politicians everywhere, both real and completely fake."—Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress and star of the HBO series Veep


"It's a great book about female empowerment and what it takes
to be a member of society and how one person can make a difference."—Chelsea Handler

"From being told in the early
sixties that 'women aren't stockbrokers' to five terms in the House and four
terms in the Senate, Senator Barbara Boxer's memoir is the story
of a woman who found her calling. My favorite quote is: 'So I ran.' Even if you differ with Senator Boxer politically, The Art Of Tough
educates and entertains. It's a 'must read.'"—Carole King, singer-songwriter and bestselling author


"When you read Barbara's words, you
realize how important it is to be strong in the face of overwhelming
powers. Her book will inspire all of us to be fearless in our pursuits,
our convictions, and our lives."—Lily Tomlin, comedian and actress


"It takes a true warrior to fight
against the biggest polluters who would degrade our environment. That warrior
is Barbara Boxer, who has been my partner for years in protecting our oceans so
that their beauty remains for future generations."—Ted Danson, actor and environmentalist


"Drawing on her decades of effective,
principled advocacy of liberal ideals, Barbara Boxer provides a valuable
description of how the legislative process works at its best. She weaves the
political, official, and personal aspects of the job into a readable, instructive
narrative of how democracy can be practiced."—Former Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts)


"This book offers invaluable lessons about politics and life from one of the strongest progressive voices of the U.S. Senate. Barbara Boxer's life lessons are tried and true. They are pearls of wisdom her readers can live by."—Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316311465
ISBN-10: 0316311464
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication Date: May 31st, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English