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Cracked but Not Shattered: Hillary Rodham Clinton's Unsuccessful Campaign for the Presidency (Lexington Studies in Political Communication) Paperback – August 17, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0739137307 ISBN-10: 0739137301

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  • Series: Lexington Studies in Political Communication
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (August 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739137301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739137307
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cracked But Not Shattered is an essential read for scholars, campaign consultants, and political junkies interested in learning more about Hillary Rodham Clinton's historic campaign for the 2008 Democratic party presidential nomination. In this volume, Professor Sheckels assembles leading scholars in the fields of communication, political science, and gender studies whose contributions illuminate the context for Senator Clinton's campaign, her communication and rhetorical strategies, and media coverage of her landmark campaign. Descriptions and scrutiny of Clinton, her campaign, and the media offer insightful and valuable analyses for scholars, practitioners, and future women candidates alike. (John C. Tedesco, Virginia Tech)

Cracked But Not Shattered offers a series of fascinating and compelling insights about Clinton's historic campaign in 2008. Sensitive to issues of gender and bias, the essays that Sheckels has assembled teach and tell much about Clinton's efforts, revealing why she was both unsuccessful at securing election and successful at paving the way for the female political leaders of the future. This book paves the way for what will surely be many investigations of Hillary Rodham Clinton and her powerful communicative impact on the 2008 election, American politics in general, and the nation as a whole. (Trevor Parry-Giles, University of Maryland)

The edited collection...has clear pedagogical value in its summary of issues that affected the Clinton campaign. (Rhetoric & Public Affairs)

About the Author

Theodore F. Sheckels is A. G. Ingram Professor of English at Randolph-Macon College.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Benson on February 1, 2010
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This book is a good example of an academic book where the bias of the editor and authors overrides the facts and ignores relevant but inconsistent fact. The theory of the book is that Clinton lost the 2008 primary because she is a woman, and the subtheory is that she lost it because she was a former first lady (a chapter that actually makes some sense).

The problem is that the different essays in the book sound like the worse of academic papers where making the paper interesting is frowned upon. In addition, the paper ignores the real world of a campaign by not discussing decisions that Clinton made during the primary race such as the decision to not compete in the non-primary states.

Not recommended unless you like boring, academic ultra-femininist damn-the-facts books
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