I received "The Hillary Effect" as a gift, and now will be buying it for a couple of my friends (via Amazon). Anyone who believes in, and supported, Hillary Clinton; and followed her campaign as closely as Taylor Marsh did - this book is a must-read. Those who have a take-her-or-leave-her attitude about Hillary Clinton might want to become better informed about the woman and the person she is. Kudos to Taylor Marsh for laying it all out and capturing so many important moments and milestones in Hillary Clinton's life, and all through her campaign for the Democratic nomination. Nothing is sugar-coated. Marsh presents her history with precision accuracy. I have cried while reading "The Hillary Effect", and then cried again. But I have laughed as well; and grinned so widely my face got cramped. So many "ah-hah" moments underlining what we thought we already knew but couldn't quite explain. I highly recommend.
Walking into the polling booth, February 5th was unlike any experience I had ever felt. There was a sense of urgency in the air and excitement.
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 ›
When "The Hillary Effect" came out in December you could have bet that it would have been just one more of these quickie political books that seem to be a collection of uninspired recycled reporting notes, or reworded blog posts, except this time it would focus on the ill-fated Presidential nomination campaign of Hillary Clinton, American history's first Presidential primary winning female candidate. In fact, "The Hillary Effect" proved to be a breath of 21st century new journalism fresh air. In several ways, it's standing the test of time because Washington analyst Taylor Marsh's analysis is so perceptive that -- no joke -- you can't find a lot of her spot-on observations about politics, politics' ruthlessness, and sexism in media and in politics anywhere else.
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 ›
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. Instead it's an eye opening, sometimes challenging and always interesting read about politics, women, sexism and the media. Ms. Marsh pulls no punches, carries significant opinions and substantiates her musings with lots of back up. For political scholars as well as those still scratching heads and wondering what went wrong for Hillary, what went right for Sarah and what does the future hold for women and men in the political realm.