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The Case Against Hillary Clinton Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 22, 2000
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A speechwriter for Ronald Reagan who chronicled her own White House experiences in the book What I Saw at the Revolution, Noonan exercises plenty of creative license in these pages, mostly effectively by inventing dialogue, events, and inner thoughts that serve to illustrate Mrs. Clinton's motives and character as Noonan sees them. And the author notes, as have others, that Mrs. Clinton's Senate race is likely just a first step on the road to the White House: "So New York is the battle that may decide the war. This Senate bid has huge implications, not only for New York State but for the nation," she writes. In all, a persuasive case elegantly presented. --Linda Killian
From Publishers Weekly
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Ms. Noonan admits that the book is a polemic written by someone who is very much one of the "Other People" and not "My People" in Hillary Clinton's Manichean ethos. As a polemic, The Case Against Hillary Clinton more closely resembles Christopher Hitchens' No One Left to Lie To than it does Barbara Olson's unflattering biography of Mrs. Clinton. Peggy Noonan does not have the temperament of Hitchens, whose contempt for William Jefferson Clinton literally drips from each page as he punctuates his points with stinging epithets. One gets the impression that she treated this book as a necessary duty. She takes no joy in examining and explaining these joyless and empty narcissists who are unable to live without the adulation and attention of others. In another context, we might feel sympathy for them, but not when they play out their private issues on the world's stage and at the nation's expense.
The Case Against Hillary Clinton makes a convincing case why the people of New York should NOT elect Mrs. Clinton as their Senator. She shows that Mrs. Clinton possesses above-average intelligence, below-average character, and virtually no accomplishments of her own. The only substantive venture for which she was given responsibility, the misguided and health care task force, ended in political disaster, which directly led to Republican control of both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years. Prior to that, Mrs.Read more ›
Ms. Noonan's case could have benefited from stronger editing. I felt, for example, a hypothetical conversation snippet imagined at Hillary's future gravesite was regrettable and tasteless. More concerning - especially after Ms. Noonan wrote negatively (and accurately) about Edmund Morris fiction/non-fiction Ronald Reagan biography - was an extremely interesting portion of her book set at Michael Eisner's home; a scene which turns out, in the end, to be entirely made up by Ms Noonan. She describes how she wound up watching this (fictional) scene, as the friend of Eisner's housekeeper! I felt disappointed and manipulated after reading this fascinating scene to find out at its close that Ms. Noonan had imagined it entirely - including fictional quotes from Ted Turner, etc.
The whole thing left a bitter taste - much like Edmund Morris' fictional footnotes. I felt similarly concerned about Ms. Noonan's repeatedly telling us, sometimes with quotes, what the Clinton's were thinking during various scenes. Can we have a collective moratorium against fictional excursions set unannounced in in purportedly non-fiction, serious books? Ms. Noonan is a wonderful speech writer - I feel she may have succumbed to the temptation to write Hillary a good speech here and have some fun in the process - but she could have done this and made her point far better by just saying "Here is the kind of courageous speech I would love to hear from Hillary but never will.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Peggy Noonan nailed it on her perspective of Hillary Clinton. It affirmed what I was thinking! Thanks to Noonan!Published 9 days ago by mary salmond
I am used to reading her articles, which are clear and powerful.
This is unfair, but I expected this much longer
venue to be just as riveting as her normal writings. Read more
This was written while Hillary was running for the Senate in New York, circa 2000. The value of this book is it shows that Hillary has not changed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joseph H. Race
Truth expressed in a readable format. I love Peggy Noonan and respect her views. I will continue to read her writings.Published 2 months ago by truth finder
Well, consider the author....this is a smear job of the first order by a lousy writer. I wonder what Tea Party money bag paid for this one!Published 4 months ago by Gypsypoet
It's an eye opening book about the woman who would dare run to become the first President of the land. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Therese D Sartain
The book is a fairly easy read, but Peggy Noonan's animosity toward both Clintons is relentless. She also tends to babble on in a few sections.Published 6 months ago by Fred Gusoff