Amato's Published Books
As the national campaign manager for Ralph Nader’s historic runs for president in 2000 and 2004, Theresa Amato had a rare ringside role in two of the most hotly contested presidential elections this country has seen. In Grand Illusion, she gives us a witty, thoughtful critique of the American electoral system, as well as a powerful argument for opening up the contest as if people and their daily lives mattered.
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"Theresa Amato takes the biggest swing - not a jab, but a roundhouse punch - at America's corrupt electoral system." - Phil Donahue
This 94-page paperback book, published as a report by Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) on May 1, 1991, was written by Theresa Amato and edited by William G. O'Neill. It tells the story of the Haitian child canecutters and their work on the sugar cane plantations or "bateyes" of the Dominican Republic to produce sugar for export to the United States. Amato wrote the book based on two fact-finding missions in 1990 and 1991 and numerous personal interviews conducted in Haiti and the Dominican Republic when she was 26 years old. In 1991 Amato accompanied ABC's Primetime Live in the Dominican Republic and it produced an Emmy-winning television expose based in part on the contents of her work. U.S. Congressional hearings were held after the show aired; the Deputy Director of the Lawyers Committee, William G. O'Neill testified based on the contents of this report, and a reform decree was passed in the Dominican Republic.
SKIRTING TRADITION, Women in Politics Speak to the Next Generation (The Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2004)
The Women's Leadership Project and the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government have collected and edited essays from prominent women in politics to inspire young women to careers in politics. See Amato's essay entitled "Think Boldly" or "More Justice, Less Charity." Other contributors include Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Donna Brazile, Eleanor Clift, and Antonia Hernandez.
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