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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804136750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804136754
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,523 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 persausive 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

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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She is a good person and outstanding Diplomat!
MKE
The authors are not overly blatant in their praise for their subject, but this book should not be confused with an objective assessment of Hillary Clinton.
Rule 62 Ken
Bill's mistakes are not dealt with to the extent I felt necessary, and the fact that he (like Obama) actually moved the country to the right.
Al Miller

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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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bill Walker on March 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Awful book. Poorly written. Should not waste your time. Hope there are more books out there to give you a better understanding of Hillary.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Henry E. Lawrence on April 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
In the last 60 years our country has had 16 Secretaries of State. Of the 16 Secretaries Hillary Clinton would rate in the bottom quartile only being better than Cyrus Vance, Ed Muskie, and Alexander Haig. The authors have written an exaggerated puff piece in a futile attempt to elevate the abysmal performance of Secretary by Clinton by embellishing routine duties, when easily performed by preceding Secretaries, as resplendent achievements when performed by Ms. Clinton. They have definitely supersized that happy meal.

The authors go way overboard by using such flowery language as "Hillary's prescience about the factors leading up to the Arab Spring." These State Department neophytes thought that the incoming regimes would be more enlightened than the ones they replaced. This "prescience" turned out to be "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."

Then the authors give Ms. Clinton far more credit than she deserves for the Osama bin Laden take down at Abbottabad. The intelligence gathering was overseen by Jose Rodriguez, the Director of the CIA National Clandestine Service and the plan to capture Bin Laden was crafted by VADM William McGraven, the commander of United States Special Operations Command. All Ms. Clinton had to do was help sell the obvious to the President. Yet the authors put that `no-brainer' sales pitch on the level of Moses parting the Red Sea.

When it came to Libya the authors said "Libya was a particularly inviting crucible in which to test the theories of smart power, multilateralism, and democracy promotion that informed Hillary's philosophy of American Leadership". The authors act as if this has never happened before.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ernie Mallen on March 14, 2014
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Too much pro-Hillary and setting her up for 2016. GWB has been gone for 5 years--let it go! Never finished the book, enough of the Clintons!!!
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Steven Lutz on February 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Not very pleased the H. Clinton biography 'H R C' thus far. It reads like a lot of brown nosing and making excuses for Hillary. The book starts with the authors describing in defense the 'bad people / good people' aspect of her failed presidential bid campaign. A whole chapter dedicated to "he should have or she should have and now they aren't friends anymore". Rubbish.

I had hoped for a real life look into a very clever and strong woman's actual abilities and how and when they were executed. This reads like a 391 page name dropping tabloid article.

I will complete the book and revise if needed. I doubt I will need to. Hopefully her own penned memoirs have more to offer.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jg on March 14, 2014
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This could be a campaign add for Mrs. Clinton's run for president in 2016. I had hoped it would be more neutral in tone however I was disappointed to say the least.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CzChick on March 29, 2014
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Names, names, names - There are more names listed than substantive comment / evaluation. It seemed to be a showcase for how much detail the authors know and not a look at what that detail means to the big picture. As a result, the book has a VERY textbook feel and yet you have learned precious little when you have finished putting in the time it takes to plow through it.
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