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Anne Michaud

A veteran political journalist, Anne wrote a regular op-ed column for Newsday, a 225,000-circulation daily newspaper covering the affluent New York City suburbs, from 2008 to 2018. She has won more than 25 writing and reporting awards and has twice been named “Columnist of the Year,” in 2015 and 2013, by the New York News Publishers Association and the New York State Associated Press Association.

Anne covered Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign, Anthony Weiner’s 2005 mayoral bid and Eliot Spitzer’s rise and fall as New York’s governor from 2006 to 2008.  ...See more >


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AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

IndieReader Discovery Award, 2018: WHY THEY STAY: SEX SCANDALS, DEALS, AND HIDDEN AGENDAS OF NINE POLITICAL WIVES

National Indie Excellence Awards, 2018: WHY THEY STAY: SEX SCANDALS, DEALS, AND HIDDEN AGENDAS OF NINE POLITICAL WIVES

Q & A with the Author, 2017

NBC News, 2017

Fox News, 2017

"Why They Stay" Hits Amazon Bestseller Status in 2 Categories, 2017

Hometown Huntington, NY

Favorite author Anne Lamott

Favorite book "Palm Sunday" by Kurt Vonnegut

Day job Journalist


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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ISBN: 978-0-9976633-1-0
Page count: 279pp

A journalist explores the motivations and emotional constructs of nine political wives who chose to stay in their marriages—in some cases, only for a while—after being confronted with their husbands’ infidelities.

Why do wives of prominent politicians stand by their men after they have been betrayed, especially when that disloyalty has been publicly revealed? This is the question Michaud, a former columnist for Newsday, sets out to answer in her gossipy debut book. She establishes a rather esoteric scale by which to evaluate these women’s decisions—something she calls the White Queen Quotient. For those unfamiliar with 15th-century British history (or the eponymous TV series), the original White Queen was Elizabeth Woodville, who “apparently knew that her husband Edward IV had mistresses—and even one special mistress, Elizabeth Shore. But the rewards of being queen kept her bound to her royal husband.” Michaud then creates five attributes by which she establishes her subjects’ White Queen rating: Submitting to Tradition; Longing for Security; A Personal Sense of Patriotism; Responsibility for Family’s Emotional Health; and Ambition to Build and Bequeath a Legacy. From Eleanor Roosevelt (whose heartache was kept relatively private) to Huma Abedin (assistant to Hillary Clinton and former wife of Anthony Weiner), Michaud, using numerous secondary research sources, details the family histories and accomplishments of each of the women and their erring spouses. There’s not much new here about the six American couples studied, but U.S. readers will likely be less familiar with the one Israeli and two British couples dissected. Skillful prose makes the dishy profiles an engaging read. Unfortunately, Michaud sometimes veers into judgmental speculation and indulges in unsubstantiated assumptions. For example, after discussing the humiliation of wives facing the press during their husbands’ standard confessionals, she writes: “The publicity allows the women who stay to inflate their sense of themselves as loyal, and to bask in other ego-pleasing fantasies.” Of Abedin, the author offers: “Huma had to choose: Anthony Weiner or Hillary Clinton. In the end, it wasn’t Huma’s injured wifely feelings that ended her marriage so much as her professional pride and ambition.”

 A lively political book that focuses more on pop psychology than objective analysis.

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