Book review: Carly Fiorina’s Rising to the Challenge

I greatly enjoyed Carly Fiorina’s new book, Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey, which was launched to coincide with her announcement to run for President.

The book’s bio states,

CARLY FIORINA is the chairman of two major charitable organizations, Opportunity International and Good360. She is also the chairman of the American Conservative Union Federation and of the Unlocking Potential Project. From 1999 to 2005 she was the chairman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, becoming the first woman CEO of a Fortune 20 company, and before that she spent nearly twenty years as a telecommunications executive.

An astoundingly exceptional woman, Fiorina started as a secretary. The key to her character is her resilience and spirit (I consider resilience and spirit entwined as one trait).

Clearly a woman of talent and intelligence, she repeatedly confronts adversity head-on. She does not conceal the fact that she was ousted from Hewlett-Packard, she describes facing cancer and her daughter’s death while running for U.S. Senate, and she now enters a political race unlike any other.

You can’t help but compare that with the other party’s candidate, who, for instance, can not even name a single tangible during her tenure as Secretary of State. (By the way, Hillary Clinton’s 2014 book was titled Hard Choices; Fiorina’s 2007 book was titled Tough Choices.) However, what distinguishes Fiorina from Clinton is her steadfast belief that,

“We are losing the sense that each of us has the right and the capacity to live life fully and on our own terms. And with that hope, the belief that the American Dream is being lost: that it doesn’t matter what you look like or what your last name is. It is your gifts, your grit, and your potential that defines your future.” [page 12, emphasis added]

This uplifting campaign book engages you emotionally, it’s the perfect length (190 pages), outlines Fiorina’s position on the issues clearly, and is a must-read for anyone interested in the 2016 election.

Disclosure: Fiorina’s publisher asked if I was interested in reading it, and sent me a free copy.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s blog.

Update: (DTG) I haven’t seen Ms. Fiorina’s book like Fausta but she did consent to an on camera interview a couple of weeks ago before she anounced.

Can you picture Hillary allowing a blogger to come up and do an unrehearsed on Camera interview?

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