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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804136750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804136754
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Books on contemporary political figures rarely have pinpoint timing, but this one does... [Allen and Parnes's] most persuasive accomplishment is to show, backed by impressive detail, the ways in which Clinton never really abandoned domestic politics." –Jodi Kantor, New York Times Book Review

"[HRC] provides useful context and intelligent analysis, and a highly readable account of her tenure at Foggy Bottom... pumped full of colorful you-are-there details." –Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"Deeply reported... a revealing window into the le Carré-like layers of intrigue that develop when a celebrity politician who is married to another celebrity politician loses to yet another celebrity politician, and goes on to serve the politician who defeated her." Washington Post

"HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton manages the rare feat of being both important and entertaining. It opens with a juicy chapter detailing the punishment and reward of Bill and Hillary’s political enemies and friends. But the meat of HRC is its narration of her role in tackling crises in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Libya — an amazingly tumultuous period that provides the best preview of what a Hillary Clinton presidency might look like, at least for foreign policy." New York magazine

"A character-driven psychodrama, chockablock with sweaty descriptions of its players… It's no easy feat to wring page-turning narrative juice from four years of state craft, but Allen and Parnes have relied on 200 sources…to get them the gossipy goods."—Los Angeles Times
 
"A thoroughly reported and well-written chronicle of Clinton’s comeback and her tenure at the State Department."Christian Science Monitor

"Full of the inside baseball that political junkies love and on which opposition researchers thrive. Great stuff to light the hot stove of the off-season." –Hugh Hewitt, The Washington Examiner

About the Author

JONATHAN ALLEN covers the White House and the 2016 presidential campaign for Bloomberg News. An award-winning reporter, he has also written extensively about Congress and national politics, and he appears frequently as a political analyst on national television news programs. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Asher and Emma.

AMIE PARNES is the White House correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington, where she covers the Obama Administration. A ten-year veteran of political journalism, she traveled with the Clinton, Obama and McCain campaigns while covering the 2008 presidential race for POLITICO. She appears frequently on MSNBC and has also been featured on CNN, Fox News and other networks.

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Customer Reviews

Very informative and well written.
Lily Muniz
At times the book is too full of dropped names of political operatives and staffers that mean nothing to the average reader, and this tends to slow the book down.
Rule 62 Ken
It reads like a lot of brown nosing and making excuses for Hillary.
Steven Lutz

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lissa00 on August 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
There are several books about Hillary Clinton that have been advertised recently (including her latest memoir) but this is a good wrap-up of her most recent role as Secretary of State. The authors are obviously well-connected and provided a lot of inside information (although with many unnamed sources). Clinton is a compelling subject and her personality shines through here as she deals with working for a former campaign rival and managing expectations as the most visible face for foreign policy. While the book did highlight some of her shortcomings, I thought it was mostly a favorable account of her last seven years of work. I found this book extremely interesting but definitely political and I am sure it will not be for everyone. I received this book through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leon L Czikowsky on August 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoroughly researched and well written presentation of the State Department under Hillary Clinton. This serves as an insightful book. Readers learn how foreign policies are made and how they were fashioned by the active style that Hillary Clinton used. This bill is useful to readers interested in international relations as well as Presidential politics.

The following are notes from this book for students of Political Science and International Relations:

Hillary R. Clinton (HRC) has a “bias for action” in seeking action on problems, the authors observe.

The Senators who most helped HRC’s 2008 Presidential campaign included John Kerry, Bob Casey, Jay Rockefeller, and Patrick Leahy.

Sen. Claire McCaskill had been helped by Bill and Hillary Clinton in her 2006 Senate campaign. McCaskill later said of Bill “he’s been a great leader, but I don’t want my daughter near him.” HRC canceled a fundraiser she had scheduled for McCaskill. McCaskill tearfully apologized yet admitted she didn’t want to be caught alone in the same elevator with HRC. McCaskill was the first female Senator to endorse Obama over HRC.

The endorsements of Obama by Ted Kennedy and John Lewis were personally painful to Bill Clinton.

Clinton aids would note of those who betrayed HRC: “Bill Richardson, investigated. John Edwards, disgraced by scandal Chris Dodd, stepped down, Ted Kennedy, dead.:

The Clintons were upset by some junior politicians such as Rep, Jason Altmire. Altmire worked by Hillary Clinton’s health care task force and has been helped get elected to Congress by the Clintons. HRC won Altimire’s district by 31 percentage points. Alltmire upset HRC by remaining neutral.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rule 62 Ken on March 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton tells the story of Hillary Rodham Clinton from the time of her 2008 defeat for the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States, to the present, as she contemplates another run for the big prize. Written by Politico White House Bureau Chief Jonathan Allen and White House correspondent (for The Hill newspaper) Amie Parnes, the book pieces together a number of conversations from sources obviously close to the former First Lady and Secretary of State, to give the reader insight into her remarkable drive and energy.

The story begins with the loss of the 2008 campaign, the post-mortem and laying of blame (mostly at the feet of Clinton's campaign manager Patty Solis-Doyle). It goes on to describe the courtship of Hillary by President Barack Obama into the key cabinet position of Secretary of State, the mending of fences and healing of wounds remaining from the hard fought campaign between the two party front-runners and their staffs, and the resulting trust gap that existed. A power struggle develops over whether key positions in the State Department will be filled by Obama's people or Clinton's, and we are told of the strength of confidence possessed by the new Secretary of State in setting her own terms for accepting the President's challenge.

The book goes on to describe the remarkable transition of how Hillary Clinton went from becoming Obama's chief rival to his hardest working and most trusted cabinet member. A secondary story is told of how Bill Clinton goes from becoming one of the people that Obama dreads contact with to becoming an important asset to his re-election in 2012.
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Format: Kindle Edition
No matter your political leanings, this book stinks and it's hard to take seriously. The writers are journalistic hacks. Hillary Clinton deserves better--Heck, anybody does. If you are a supporter of Hillary Clinton, you'll probably be outraged. If you dislike Hillary Clinton, you may focus on the shallow and weird bits that read like a poor and ineffective advertising campaign for Clinton and take offense. If you are an interested political observer who tries to maintain a certain objectivity about political leaders, you'll probably feel a little sick reading this garbage. You want detailed examples? Let's start with the title. "HRC." Really? And the photoshopping on the cover photo just supports that inference. The book repeatedly refers to "Clintonworld" and "Hillaryland." No intelligent and respectable journalist uses such lazy and foolish references. The writing is so bad. Did you know that, regarding Hillary Clinton's political career, "the final chapters remain unwritten"? The content is often foolish to the point of ridiculous. A moderately intelligent 12-year-old could tell us this bit of shlock: "Yet the perils of modern diplomacy were clear. American diplomats in war zones were at just as much risk of coming under fire as the military. The difference was that diplomats didn't carry machine guns." Amazing! And Hillary knew that too! Incredible! While sources are unnamed, it hardly matters when the content is just silly trivia and thirdhand gossip, or just plain fiction. The authors purport to tell us what Clinton was THINKING while hearing about threats or attacks on American facilities.Read more ›
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