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03/28/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Live Blogging Meg Whitman's The Power of Many

"Meg was a pretty good swimmer. But at meets, I had to be there, because if she wasn't at least first or second, she'd be screaming with rage." - Meg Whitman's mother

Why does someone with a billion dollars, like Meg Whitman, want to be governor of a teardown like California? If she's so rich, why ain't she smart? Perhaps the answer lies in her new memoir, The Power of Many. It just came out today. I went to Barnes and Noble this morning and read it for free.

I have to admit, going in, that I have my own theory about what makes Meg run. I think this campaign is a combination of self-medication and marketing exercise. (Meg's proudest (and only) political achievement in The Power of Many is coming up with John McCain's campaign slogan, "Country First.") I think she's a salesman and she only values two things: Mitt Romney and success itself. Mitt's married, so she can't marry him (openly). She'll settle for winning.

I don't think she wants to govern at all; I think she just needs to win things to make the rage go away.

But that's just my theory. Let's leap right in, shall we?

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Page 50 talks about how her mother got upset when Meg's friends pretended Meg was a "pig being prepared for the county fair."

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Page 55 is where Meg says "testosterone flowed in the drinking fountains" at Disney. There's an image that's hard to shake.

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Page 73: Meg says her problem starting out was that she "needed to be taken more seriously." Also "values"

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Page 90: Meg joins the board at Goldman Sachs, but no one treats her with respect so she resigns.

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Page 111: Meg redesigns a cafeteria kitchen so you can wash potatoes in the dishwasher.

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Pages126-129: Weird Al Yankovic

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Pages 147-151 deal with the insider-trading incident where Meg made a million dollars in 24 hours, spinning stocks with Goldman Sachs, to whom she had steered eBay's business. She never admitted any wrongdoing, but she gave the money back. "envy," "common," "nothing illegal," "finger-pointing," "small fraction of my personal investment portfolio," "inflammatory," "totally false," "absurd," "assault on my personal reputation," "frustrated," "anger," "frustration"

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You can see how this can be kind of an up-and-down ride.

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But then we get to the part of the story where she makes her first billion.

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Heady days.

Page 256: Flashback. A childhood memory of how other mothers used to ask Meg's mother for shorter play dates.

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And finally...

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