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The Hillary Effect: Politics, Sexism and the Destiny of Loss Paperback – November 14, 2011
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About the Author
Marsh grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was Miss Teenage St. Louis and was crowned Miss Missouri. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where she was born, graduating with a BFA. Next stop was Broadway, where Jerry Herman cast her after her very first audition. Marsh has produced her own one-woman show on JFK and her life growing up in the midst of the feminist revolution, and has done national television commercials.
In the early 1990s, Marsh worked at the alternative news source LA Weekly in the personal ad department as “relationship consultant” with her column “What Do You Want?” dispensing relationship advice mixed with a little politics. In 1997, she jumped to become managing editor of one of the first outlets online to make money, a soft-core site covered on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Marsh took her long-established new-media career to blogging during the Kerry campaign of 2004. But it was the 2008 election and Marsh’s fearless coverage of the campaign that catapulted her.
Marsh has been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Al Jazeera Arabic, and Al Jazeera English, among others, including radio from coast to coast. Marsh has been featured in the Hill, the Washington Scene, National Journal’s Hotline On Call, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times online, and many other new-media and traditional news venues.
Top Customer Reviews
She contends that Hillary Clinton faced a double edged, razor-sharp sword, and fell on it: the news media's treatment of her was different as First Lady, Senator and as the country's first viable female Presidential aspirant, not just because she was a woman, but because she was Hillary Clinton. She had some baggage to shed, started effectively shedding it, and Team Obama made it their mission to make sure they loaded her up with more of it.
Today, "The Hillary Effect" is more relevant than ever. Marsh is also extremely tough on Republicans). And she's also tough as nails on on Team Hillary for their catastrophic mistakes of judgment, hubris and campaign implementation which helped produce a President Barack Obama. But the real meat of "The Hillary Effect" is Marsh's analysis of the long range impact of what Hillary Clinton tried to do, failed to do due to her campaign's mistakes and, in the end, actually did.Read more ›
And when Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech, in Washington D.C., my sister-in-law informed me she had to sit and watch with her daughter, because this was history in the making.
Taylor's book captures all this and more. It is a well researched book, pushing aside fan politics for the realm of reality, but it is also personal and poignant at times. No it is not a rehash of old rivalries or reliving the primary, but the story of Hillary Clinton's historic candidacy weaves its way throughout the book, because of the challenges it presented to our preconceived notions, not only about Hillary, a former first lady of Arkansas and the U.S.A., a senator from New York, and presidential hopeful, but to that of women as a whole.
The book takes to task, with Taylor's sharp tongue and trademark wit (which readers like myself find daily on her blog), the establishment media who frankly didn't know how to handle a female who was a viable candidate for President, especially a Clinton. While simultaneously name-dropping alleged progressive blogs, who were anything but. Unlike Game Change, the Hillary Effect makes no effort to blindly praise its presidential hopeful, Taylor is candid about the Clinton campaigns missteps and mismanagement; but dually blasts the notion the Obama campaign was running a clean campaign (quite the contrary).
The Hillary campaign runs through the book, but like I've said it's not the main focus, there is always a bigger picture at the end of every chapter. My favorite chapter, "Is Freedom just for Men?", tackles the rise of females after Hillary's loss, those who benefited most: Republican women.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have already put in my two cents having read the Kindle version. This book
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I wasn't sure what to expect, I thought this might be a rehash of a painful battle for office or a play by play of the agony of Hillary's defeat. Read morePublished on December 16, 2011 by Book Girl