From Publishers Weekly
In this slim book, Guardian
correspondent Goldenberg offers a critical but balanced look at the life and presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton. Goldenberg examines the historical challenges facing women running for public office in the United States, drawing upon the presidential candidacy of Carol Moseley Braun and the vice-presidential run of Geraldine Ferraro, as well as representations of women in power in film and television. The book's brief biography of Clinton is no match for more thorough accounts found in Carl Bernstein's A Woman in Charge
and in Clinton's memoir, Living History
. Goldenberg pre-sents Clinton's history largely to contextualize her cautious centrist candidacy and to argue that she must abandon her timidity to retain the public's trust. While this book offers little fresh information or insight, it is a straightforward introduction to Clinton and her campaign. (Apr.)
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In this concise yet wide-ranging look at one of the 2008 presidential race’s most controversial candidates, Goldenberg ends up answering a slightly different, and ultimately more intriguing, question than the subtitle suggests. It may not be a matter of whether America is ready for Hillary Clinton to be president but how Clinton has prepared herself to take on America. An award-winning U.S. correspondent for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Goldenberg is every bit as shrewd and savvy as her American counterparts, astutely gauging the political impact of divergent factors from Clinton’s past and present: activist lawyer; First Lady; U.S. senator; and, of course, wife of Bill. While critiquing Clinton’s stance on controversial issues, Goldenberg also analyzes her core values, evaluates her interpersonal skills, and acknowledges the lightning-rod reaction Clinton provokes among various partisan factions. Never stooping to the level of a “warts-and-all” exposé, Goldenberg does, nevertheless, manage to uncover a few unsightly blemishes, making this worthy reading for undecided voters and Clinton supporters alike. --Carol Haggas