Journalist and expert on political marriages
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Hello. I love to discuss politics and women's issues. But I mean, I love to really discuss. I don't like to simply take a stance at either end of a political extreme, or to lob insults at people who disagree. Civil discourse is worth saving. Political marriages reflect social norms and are a fascinating prism through which to view what we expect of leaders, relationships and media coverage. — Anne Official bio here: Anne is the author of "Why They Stay," biographies about women who remain with politician-husbands after they cheat. Second edition publishing April 2021 to include Melania Trump. Anne is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and previously wrote a nationally syndicated op-ed column for Newsday. She has won more than 25 writing and reporting awards and has twice been named “Columnist of the Year” by New York State-wide journalism associations. 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. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, BusinessWeek.com, Crain's NY Business, Cincinnati Magazine and more.
“Skillful prose makes the dishy profiles an engaging read. A lively political book." — Kirkus Reviews " 'Why They Stay' is definitely not a flippant read, but a memorable one, and one from which few of the characters at the heart of the stories come out particularly well. Readers will find scandal, shock and a deep sense of discomfort at times, and many will not like the pretext, but the question is a valid one. Why did they stay? The reasons vary, naturally, but this tells the real-life tales, and gives a sense of how each scenario came to be." — James Hendicott review for IndieReader "No one could have written this book better than Anne Michaud, a columnist who has covered politicians for decades. Her observations are sharp and compelling and her prose shines with her unique signature for phraseology, crispness, and excellent diction. 'Why They Stay: Sex Scandals, Deals, and Hidden Agendas of Nine Political Wives' is a very informative, engaging, and entertaining work." — Christian Sia review for Readers' Favorite "Marriage is a mysterious thing and political unions are even more so. In the engrossing and important 'Why They Stay,' Anne Michaud peers into the heart of some of the most famously troubled political marriages of the past 100 years in an attempt to understand why accomplished women ranging from Hillary Clinton to Silda Spitzer put up with men many others would have quickly kicked to the curb. Her answers will no doubt influence how we think about these scandals going forward -- not to mention the ones still to come." — Helaine Olen, Washington Post opinion columnist and author of Pound Foolish "Anyone interested in politics or the dynamics of couples in public positions would definitely find this book of interest. 'Why They Stay: Sex Scandals, Deals and Hidden Agendas of Nine Political Wives' by Anne Michaud is a poignant look at modern political partnerships whose message not only speaks to the validity of marriage in leadership positions but also to the principles and morals of our leaders themselves." — Kimberly Luyckx review for Reader Views "It's about time that a book such as 'Why They Stay' should appear to comment on the wives of politicians and why they remain in place despite reports of infidelity and bad behaviors. Not only does this apply to the highest political offices past and present, but its message and analysis will reach many a marriage where friends may wonder about the reasons why a wife stays in the home after misconduct is uncovered. This is not to say that the two environments (political and personal) are identical and hold the same commitments and conundrums — far from it. As 'Why They Stay' points out, political pressures and purposes are similar to traditional marriages in some aspects and far different in others. It's a gripping production especially recommended for any interested in women's issues and political scandals and their aftermath." — Diane Donovan review for Midwest Book Review "Anne Michaud breathes life into headlines that I thought I knew so well with fresh details about well-known political spouses like Hillary Clinton, Silda Wall Spitzer and Huma Abedin. Her thorough reporting helps cast them into an entirely new light to show how their personal struggles reflect the internal struggles women have faced for centuries." — Christine Haughney, NBC News
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