USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page Releases ‘Madam Speaker’ Book on Nancy Pelosi

Page’s biography of Pelosi is her latest book since “The Matriarch” on the life and impact Barbara Bush

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USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page today released her new book “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power.”

Page’s biography of Nancy Pelosi is the inside story of how the most powerful woman in American political history outwitted her foes, dominated the Democratic Party with an “iron fist in a Gucci glove” and stood up to Donald Trump. Page interviewed House Speaker Pelosi 10 times during the past two years for her biography and spoke exclusively with more than 150 friends, family members and notable political allies and adversaries – including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Boehner and Newt Gingrich.

Leading up to today’s release, USA TODAY published two exclusive excerpts from “Madam Speaker” by Page: How Donald Trump upended Pelosi's plans, then she unraveled his and How Ted Kennedy and Pelosi pushed Barack Obama to go big on health care.

"Nancy Pelosi is incredibly comfortable with power in a way that very few people are. And especially very few women are, especially of her generation," Page told USA TODAY Editor-in-Chief Nicole Carroll during an interview about her book for “The Backstory” newsletter last week. "She's comfortable with that because she grew up in this home that had tremendous power in it. And that goes to both the father and the mother."

Page’s book on Pelosi is her latest biography since her 2019 book on the life and impact of First Lady Barbara Bush. Her first biography, “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty,” is a New York Times best-seller.

Speaking to her decision to make Pelosi the subject of her next biography after “The Matriarch,” Page told Carroll, "She had the two things I wanted. She had been consequential. She'd done things and she had been unrecognized or underestimated."

Page has covered seven White House administrations and 11 presidential campaigns. She has interviewed the past 10 presidents and reported from six continents and dozens of foreign countries. In 2020, Page moderated the vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris.

More information about “Madam Speaker,” published by Twelve Books, can be found here.