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Beginning with a brief outline of her childhood, college years, introduction to politics, and her courtship with Bill Clinton, Clinton covers a wide variety of topics: life on the campaign trail, her troubled tenure as leader of the President's Task Force on National Health Care Reform, meeting with foreign leaders, and her work on human rights, to name a few. By necessity, she also addresses the various scandals that plagued the administration, from Travelgate to Whitewater to impeachment, though she does not go into great detail about each one; rather, she seems content to simply state her case and move on without trying to settle too many old scores.
Along the way, she offers many apologies, though perhaps not the kind some would expect. She does not shy away from her "vast right-wing conspiracy" comment, for instance, though she does wish that she had expressed herself differently. Regarding the Monica Lewinsky scandal, she maintains that her husband initially lied to her, as he did the rest of the country, and did not come clean until two days prior to his grand jury testimony. Calling his betrayal "the most devastating, shocking and hurtful experience of my life," she explains what the aftermath was like personally and why she has elected to stand by her man. In all, Living History is an informative book that goes a long way toward humanizing one of the most recognizable, and controversial, women of our age. Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Finally, I personally agree with Hillary Clinton on many issues and that may have tainted my view of this book.
As a book it is readable and deals with both her personal and political life in a way that is interesting and shows a keen intelligence.
In other words, it sounds like the only person who would get anything out of reading "Living History" is Hillary Clinton herself.
save your money - regardless how you feel politically about Mrs. Clinton, there're no real insights in this book. sorry.Published 21 hours ago by Reader from SF
I like Hillary, but she did a little too much gushing about about how smart and talented everyone around her was. Some interesting inside info about events. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Vincent Bozzone
Ms. Hillary Rodham's book is a living lie, a self-serving distortion of reality to gloss-over the sundry Clinton scandals and paint her and her husband as the principled, caring... Read morePublished 7 days ago by JamesM Price
What a bunch of boring bunk! ANY person that gave this more than 1 or 2 stars is just interested in Hillary as a person and NOT reviewing the book itself. Period.Published 11 days ago by Paulie
I read this book, and found some parts of interest, other parts not so interesting. It seems elongated and ramblings of days gone by. Sometimes it can quite boring. Read morePublished 16 days ago by George Wilder Jr.
I especially enjoyed the first part of the book because I did not know her backgrounbd. I learned where she grew up, where she went to college and how she met and married Bill... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Laura A. Bagby
Wow - looks like the Amazon readers have piled on old Hillary (and apparently with good reason). After reading the numerous reviews of "her" book, Amazon has certainly... Read morePublished 18 days ago by lmg
no good at all. mostly just political posturing that you could get by watching her speeches. no real interesting revelations. not entirely believable either.Published 18 days ago by geary carson