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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (October 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060839880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060839888
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,214,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A political strategist who's worked with Michael Dukakis, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Estrich (Sex and Power) doesn't make any bones about her political beliefs. She's for education, choice, gay rights, the environment, accessible health care and balanced budgets, and she expects that her readers will be, too. So it's the members of her own party, and the moderates of the Republican party, that Estrich aims to persuade with this lively book on why Hillary Clinton should be elected president in 2008. "The reality is that Hillary isn't running yet, but her opponents are already running against her," Estrich writes. The recent slew of anti-Hillary books, she argues, is designed to undermine Clinton's candidacy because Republicans, who have elected such divisive presidents as Ronald Reagan and Bush 43, understand that just because a candidate is polarizing doesn't mean than she can't win. Estrich takes on Ed Klein's, Peggy Noonan's and Dick Morris's books directly, but her main argument lies elsewhere. Clinton, she says, is the only woman in America capable of becoming president, and if she wins, her mere election will further the cause of mothers and daughters everywhere. "She has become a symbol of all of us, of our generation of women," Estrich writes. "She wins, we win. She loses, we lose. That's how it works." With its detailed analysis of past campaigns, its handling of both symbolic measures and policy points, and its juicy dish about past Democratic candidates, this is the most convincing-and most entertaining-argument for Hillary yet.
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"Estrich argues the finer points of electing a Clinton II presidency, and paints New York's junior senator as a savior not jut for the Democratic Party, but for all women." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chaika on July 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The law scholar and US presidential campaigner, Susan Estrich,is trying her best for making the case for Hillary. I think it very unlikely that the current "Madam Secretary" is running for the next US president against Hillary. If she does, she would certainly be beaten by Hillary. So the Republicans would nominate somebody else such as Rudolph Giuliani and
John McCain. In either case, Hillary would not be easily beaten by either man. Then why not challenging? In my opinion, the time is ripe for Americans to elect the first "Madam President" for a change. Then the rest of world would be willing to listen seriously to what she would say, which is truly inspiring. We have been fed up with what George Bush, Jr. kept saying... His talk is nothing intellligent, but simply bloody and boring. We are planning to translate this book into Japanese so that many other non-English speaking people can share this fascinating book during the 2008 US election.
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38 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a life-long Republican and watch Ms. Estrich on FoxNews, so I picked up this book and read it in two hours... it's well-written and packed with interesting insights and stories about presidential campaigns. I highly recommend it regardless of your political beliefs. Can Hillary win? I hate to break it to all you haters, but she has a shot. Ms. Estrich makes compelling arguments as to how she has transformed into a powerful centrist senator and shrewd politician. I don't think Condi will run, so I'm not sure who we have who can beat her... it's going to be an interesting race in 2008.

P.S. Don't listen to all these overtly partisan reviews, anyone interested in hearing a balanced argument should read this book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm surprised considering the recent publication of this book, and its now very relevant subject matter, that it isn't read more. I got my copy used dirt cheap. I am a liberal independent. I have on rare occasions voted for Republicans, but my politics tend to be left of center. Thus, you'd think this book would grab me and make me change my mind - it didn't. The author writes like an attorney defending Ms. Clinton in court. As they say in law school, "When the law is against you, argue the facts. When the facts are against you, argue the law. When both are against you, pound the podium." Seems like there's much podium pounding going on in this book.

My problems with Ms. Clinton are as follows - she takes us all as fools ("I've always been a Yankee fan"), feels like she's much smarter than all of us, and does not think that the unjust disposition of a few little people that get in her way (White House Travel Office e.g.) really matters in the grand scheme of things. These are all serious character flaws - character flaws not addressed in this book, and character flaws that make me not want Ms. Clinton to be President. Nothing brings out character flaws like the pressures of the Presidency, and if Ms. Clinton becomes the first woman president she may also be the last for years to come because of this. This is the opposite of the author's prediction.

As for the state of Ms. Clinton's marriage, contrary to the author's opinion, I don't care what kind of personal life she has. I know few people that really do. It is obvious to everyone that Bill and Hillary have an arranged power-sharing agreement - just don't try to pull my leg about this to the point of amputation. Again, this just goes back to Hillary believing she is smarter than everyone else.

If Ms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Hiroshi Maruta on January 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When I did read this book almost two years ago, I thought her argument sounds rather reasonable, except that Rice is a very unlikely Republican candidate for the presidency in her list. However, when we approach the election year, not only Rice, but also most of other Republican candidates that she listed in this book appeared to be un-electable. Most importantly, Barack Obama who was not listed in this book became the most popular and progressive presidential candidate among the Democrats. In other words, in this book, she compared Hillary with any other un-electable Republican and Democrats candidates, and failed to compare her with the most electable candidate Obama, in an attempt to make a rather unfair case for Hillary. In reality, she should have written a more fair case for Obama, instead of Hillary. In my opinion, Hillary is too conservative to change the US politics. We need a young fresh Bob Kennedy-type candidate to slash the dark "Bush" policy for good. Above all, Obama would be the best Democrats candidate for beating the old Republican front-runner John McCaine.

The outcome of Pennsylvania primary (April 22, 2008) will tell us whether this author had a deep insight in this issue or not. If Obama wins this primary, this book would no longer be worth reading. Instead you had better read "Dream from My Father" by Obama, a honest story about young days of our future (and the first non-white) US president.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry Rittenberg on January 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After reading the book, I have concluded that SenatorClinton has the experience, tenacity, courage, background to lead this country in the future. The addition of former President Clinton adds a magnitude to my confidence on their ability to return this country to the appropriate leadership position.

The author cleverly points out Senator Clinton's movement towardsa more moderate position in many areas. The author also suggest that the election of a female would be an inspiring event for this country in many ways. Although, I do not subscribe to this concept, the author
demonstrates that Senator Clinton has achived signicant milesttones during her years of public service.

I would recommend this book as way of understanding the the various aspects of Senator Clinton' political career, past and future, as brought out by the author

The author also attempts to answer the critics of Senator Clinton in an intelligent and persuasive manner. I would recommend this book as part of a reading for someone who is attempting to understand Senator Clinton's background, experience, and potential as a future leader of our nation. career
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