Presidential Intentions

Fiction - General
294 Pages
Reviewed on 03/16/2014
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Author Biography

Douglas J. Wood is a partner in the law firm of Reed Smith LLP and has more than 35 years experience representing the entertainment and media industries, including individuals and multinational companies in motion picture, publishing, advertising, marketing, promotions, unfair competition, intellectual property, and e-commerce matters. He is the founder and Chairman of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (, a network of law firms located in more than 50 countries with expertise in advertising and marketing law, and founder of Party of We (, a digital platform dedicated to open discourse on the good -- and the bad -- of the digital age. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island and has three law degrees - a J.D. from the Franklin Pierce Law Center, a Master of Laws from New York University, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of New Hampshire - and is listed among the leading global specialists in advertising law in Chambers and the Legal 500 (2007 - 2012), selected for inclusion in the 2007 - 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of advertising law; and is listed in the 2007 - 2014 editions of Super Laywers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Presidential Intentions by Douglas J. Wood is about a woman who finds herself aiming to become the first female president of the United States of America. Samantha Harrison shows signs of brilliance as a child by graduating top of her class and is awarded a full scholarship at Stanford. She marries Ben, her wealthy professor, and starts to carve a career. Deciding to go to law school, the brilliant Samantha meets Watts, who will play a big part in her political life. She becomes a congresswoman and a governor, and at the same time she raises two children with Ben. As she treads the long and winding way to becoming the most powerful woman in the world, Samantha’s family has to take the back seat. This will put a strain on her relationship with her family, especially her daughter. She is also confronted with moral and political dilemmas, but what cost is she willing to pay to achieve her burning ambition?

Presidential Intentions is a fascinating story that brings us inside the personal life of US presidential candidate Samantha Harrison and the slippery halls of US politics. Douglas J. Wood’s distinct writing style sets him apart from other writers and does not fail to get my undivided attention. Narrating with no clear chronological order, it is like reading interesting pieces of a puzzle that one has to connect at the end of the story. As a result, it is quite difficult to put down this book until its last pages are devoured by the reader. As Samantha’s political life reaches its zenith, her personal life seems to crumble around her. This is a striking contrast that the author presents in a delicate way, so that as the story progresses the reader cannot help but empathize with her. The idea of a woman US president is certainly interesting to political enthusiasts out there and this is a novel that can certainly whet their appetites.