A Woman in Charge

A Woman in Charge

The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton

Book - 2007
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Carl Bernstein’s stunning portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton shows us, as nothing else has, the true trajectory of her life and career with its zigzag bursts of risks taken and safety sought. Marshaling all the skills and energy that propelled his history-making Pulitzer Prize reporting on Watergate, Bernstein gives us the most detailed, sophisticated, comprehensive, and revealing account we have had of the complex human being and political meteor who has already helped define one presidency and may well become, herself, the woman in charge of another.

We see the shaping of Hillary as a self-described “mind conservative and heart liberal” —her ostensibly idyllic Midwestern girlhood (her mother a nurturer, but her father a disciplinarian, harsher than she has acknowledged); her early development of deep religious feelings; her curiosity fueled by dedicated teachers, by exposure to Martin Luther King Jr., by the ferment of the sixties, and, above all, by a desire to change the world. At Wellesley, we watch Hillary, a Republican turned Democrat, thriving in the new sky’s-the-limit freedom for women, already perceived as a spokeswoman for her generation, her commencement speech celebrated in Life magazine. And the book takes us to Yale Law School as Hillary meets and falls in love with Bill Clinton and cancels her dream to go her own way, to New York or Washington, tying her fortune, instead, to his in Arkansas.

Bernstein clarifies the often amazing dynamic of their marriage, shows us the extent to which Hillary has been instrumental in the triumphs and troubles of Bill Clinton’s governorship and presidency, and sheds light on her own political brilliance and her blind spots—especially her suspicion and mishandling of the press and her overt hostility to the opposition that clouded her entry into the capital. He untangles her relationship to Whitewater, Troopergate, and Travelgate. He leads us to understand the failure of her health care initiative.

In the emotional and political chaos of the Lewinsky affair we see Hillary, despite her immense hurt and anger, standing by her husband—evoking a rising wave of sympathy from a public previously cool to her. It helps carry her into the Senate, where she applies the political lessons she has learned. It is now her time. As she decides to run for president, her husband now her valued aide, she has one more chance to fulfill her ambition for herself—to change the world.

In his preparation for A Woman in Charge, Bernstein reexamined everything pertinent written about and by Hillary Clinton. He interviewed some two hundred of her colleagues, friends, and enemies and was allowed unique access to the candid record of the 1992 presidential campaign kept by Hillary’s best friend, Diane Blair.

He has given us a book that enables us, at last, to address the questions Americans are insistently—even obsessively—asking about Hillary Clinton: What is her character? What is her political philosophy? Who is she? What can we expect of her?

Baker & Taylor
Traces the childhood, college years, and political accomplishments of the controversial 2008 presidential candidate.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 628 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780375407666
Branch Call Number: 973.929 Cli


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Nov 20, 2016

This book is surprisingly easy to read. Bernstein is excellent in keeping one's interest and attention on many "dry" subjects. I learned about the inner workings of our government.
It is a big book and was unable to finish it. Instead, I bought one on amazon. Now, I can continue my reading and be able to keep a copy around for my children and grandchildren if they want to learn more about this fascinating woman who almost became our 45th president. I hope she can still do many great things for this world and country in the future.

Apr 01, 2016

I admit to skimming this, as the description in Pub. Weekly // muddled \\ is right on target!
The last decent piece Bernstein did was the article on The Four Hundred in Rolling Stone [where he writes of the multitude of CIA-connected reporters and so-called journalists, probably a larger number today]. Bernstein has simply spent too much time eating on the tab of too many hedge fund dudes to have any type of objective platform to stand upon.
Since this was after HRC's senate time, but before her SecState time, the reader will have difficulty fully grasping just why fascist Henry Kissinger, and uber neocon, Dick Cheney, have both endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for the presidency - - but no real progressive will have problems understanding why she should never be the president! [A good place to start would be this month's issue of Atlantic magazine with an excerpt of Thomas Frank's recent book, describing what HRC does when taking time off from offshoring American jobs, overthrowing democracies, and subsequently aiding in the murders of foreign union organizers!]

Oct 19, 2008

A must read

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