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Madam President Hardcover – January 14, 2008

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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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From Booklist

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
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian (January 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852650892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852650899
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,284,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Max Wallace on January 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Anybody who had read this book before the New Hampshire primary wouldn't have been at all surprised at the outcome. Nor would they have bought into the simplistic analysis that followed Clinton's victory. Goldenberg does a remarkable job of going beyond the caricatures and cliches that dominate most reporting about Hillary, and paints a fascinating, multi-layered portrait of her historic trajectory. The UK's Guardian newspaper has always been one of the best sources for fresh, reliable journalism about American politics. In keeping with this tradition, Goldenberg -- a long-time international reporter for the paper -- has produced a book head and shoulders above some of the other recent offerings about Clinton, filled with fresh insights and clues that have me believing she will be occupying the White House a year from now. Impeccably researched, but never boring, the book especially shines when it describes Hillary's first Senate campaign when she threw herself into the lion's den of Upstate New York -- an area so Republican it rejected native son, FDR -- and won over die-hard conservative voters who once saw her as the anti-Christ. As for the question posed in the title of the book, Goldenberg does a good job of examining the factors at play while just managing to avoid the potential pitfalls of political prognostication.
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