• Any Given Tuesday

  • A Political Love Story
  • By: Lis Smith
  • Narrated by: Jean Ann Douglass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (229 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A rollicking, irreverent look behind the scenes of the wild world of American politics from one of the most sought-after operatives in the Democratic Party.

Lis Smith isn’t your average political strategist, and Any Given Tuesday isn’t your typical political memoir. At once a revealing look at human nature at the highest levels of power and an intimate portrayal of a sometimes rocky personal journey, it breaks all the rules. Smith doesn’t pretend to be perfect—she owns the controversial choices that landed her on the cover of tabloids, as well as the unorthodox ones that have paid off and defined her successful career.

Any Given Tuesday follows Smith from her earliest experiences as a wide-eyed intern sleeping in her car to her days as a trusted adviser and confidante to some of the most high-profile politicians in the country—including her star turn as senior adviser on Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign. Animated by Smith’s love for the hand-to-hand combat of politics and sustained by her deeply held belief that it’s still possible to effect positive change, it’s an odyssey full of highs and lows and larger-than-life characters. Throughout, Smith shows what it’s really like behind the curtain: what happens when the lights go down and the cameras turn off, how it feels to be in the eye of the political media storm, and how the people responsible for heady life-and-death decisions are as flawed as the rest of us.

While the journey hasn’t always been smooth, Lis Smith has seen and learned a lot—and she shares it all in this eye-opening, wildly entertaining memoir.

©2022 Lis Smith (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Very good but nits to pick

A really good read for politics junkies. Pete Buttigieg’s husband’s name was not pronounced correctly which was annoying and Roosevelt’s court packing occurred in the 1930’s. Editor didn’t catch either the f these errors.

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Jean Ann Douglass

Have you really missed that much political news that you don’t know how to pronounce Chasten Buttigieg’s name?

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Heartwarming and brutally honest

Loved the book and particularly the 3 chapters that outlined her work on Pete Buttigieg’s campaign. It was like reliving those amazing months of hope and promise. I laughed (yes, I was one of those uncoordinated Barnstormers dancing to “High Hopes” and cried as I relived the day Pete bowed out and through his support behind Biden. I was also impressed with her honest evaluation of her vulnerability regarding her relationships. For such a young person she has really lived a lot of life. I’d recommend this book. One note, in the audio version the narrator mispronounces “Chasten” as “Chasen” maybe they can make a correction.

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Great political insight

Enjoyed all of the stories and some great insight! I can’t wait for Lis to get Pete elected President some day. My only complaint is that she didn’t narrate herself. Maybe she wouldn’t have butchered the pronunciation of Chasten’s name. No excuse for that.

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Love this!

I loved this book. I loved the behind the scenes goings on that the book show. The narrators messes up Chasten Buttigieg’s name.

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interesting story

great story. only complaint...narrator pronounced Chasten Buttigieg's name wrong.
gave you nitty-gritty of a campaign.

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Dishy, insightful, engaging

Lis Smith brings her years of political communications experience to this irresistible romp through her career and the political changes of the last 15 to 20 years. Absolutely delightful.

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Wow

Loved this book! Some may think books about politics are boring, but not in the case. Great story and presented in a way that draws you in. I just hope Lis Smith writes more books in the future.

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Absolutely Amazing

I just finished and had to write a review. I'm sure this will end up being one of my favorite books of the year. It's engrossing, fun and dishy, I couldn't stop listening. But it was also substantive, informative and interesting. It's what a good memoir should be, very honest. At parts I laughed and at parts I teared up. Just a great book all around. I highly recommend.

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Ballsy & Laying it out There. Brava, Lis!

Having steered clear of anything political for nearly two years, I was happy this came out just about the same time as her friend, a former Republican strategist, Tim Miller, dropped his book. So I think reading both of them one after the other is an insightful journey across partisan perspectives, as well as a rough dive into the psyche of these younger political operatives.

Lis laid it all out there for everyone to see, which I think is important for anyone considering sticking their toe into the political waters that have turned disturbingly acidic. But as Lis says, politics touches every aspect of our lives, and it is very important to take it seriously.

I could go on, but I'm not a lover of politics; only someone who has developed some respect for those putting it on the line to maintain whatever decency can still be found in the political cesspool of America.

On that note, can I once again request, that if one is going to record a book on a subject matter on which clearly one is not familiar? Do some research.

The reading itself was really well-done, and I often forgot it wasn't Lis narrating her book. That was, until Chasten's name was mis-pronounced EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Every utterance of the verb versus the name yanked me annoyingly back out of the story.

My biggest complaints with these audio books are lack of research done by the narrators. There are plenty of clips with Chasten Buttigieg's name pronounced out there. I mean, she got "Buttigieg" right.

Otherwise, if the rest of the world has been pronouncing Chasten's name wrong the whole time, I'll gladly take a knee and drink some water.

Bottom line, Lis bares her soul here, and I respect her all the more for it. Brava, lady!

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