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Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House Hardcover – November 7, 2017
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"With bracing honesty, enchanting self-awareness, and a wonderful storyteller's voice, Donna Brazile recounts the fascinating inside story of the 2016 campaign and what it was like being hacked. It is a deeply emotional story, but she tells it with great humor and insight. Her book is filled with urgent history and vital lessons for living in this age of cyber warfare and political discontent. This book is a triumph."―Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Steve Jobs, The Innovators, and Leonardo da Vinci
"The former DNC chair's memoir of election defeat has it all... Brazile most certainly has a story to tell.... An easy and vivid read, everything one expects in a first-person campaign narrative--except for its detailed discussion of Russia's hacks, WikiLeaks, and threats to Brazile herself. On that score, the book is down-right alarming."―The Guardian
"Explosive... Perhaps not since George Stephanopoulos wrote All Too Human, a 1999 memoir of his years working for former president Bill Clinton, has a political strategist penned such a blistering tell-all."―Washington Post
"Donna Brazile is one of the truly brilliant minds in the Democratic Party, and she's venting her frustration on the way she was treated and frankly she has every right to do so.... And frankly people should sit up, take notes and change things instead of carping about it."―Ace Smith, Los Angeles Times
"Explosive.... [Brazile] has every right to tell her story. And don't expect her to ask anyone for permission."―Ruben Navarrette, syndicated columnist, the Washington Post Writers Group.
"[Brazile] does have a story to tell that the Democrats shouldn't dismiss, if they intend to win the White House in 2020.... The book is a fun read... The conjunction of Brazile's indiscreet book ... suggests that talking bluntly about the Party's mistakes might not be a hindrance. A dose of [Brazile's] Dolores might even help."―Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker
"Since [Brazile] had a front-row seat to everything that happened last year, her analysis and recollections of that volcanic election are valuable by definition. But what she has to tell us doesn't fit easily into the simple moral framework that now guides all our thinkings on politics.... That's where we are today: spies and lies; technocrats and math; fake populism and bad algorithms. How far we have gone from the noble causes for which people like Donna Brazile once signed up."―Thomas Frank, The Guardian
About the Author
Donna Brazile is the former Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and a contributor to ABC News. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as Al Gore's campaign manager. In 2014, Brazile was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on to the board of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. She is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC.
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I've NEVER been a fan of Donna Brazile... but after reading what feels like a sincere account of what happened behind the scenes, I can't help but feel bad for her... and what those "Political Hacks" did (and are doing) to her.
Here Donna shares a couple of pretty believable points of view about her leaking questions to HRC during the Primary Debates against Bernie... Points of view I only believe after she shared so many other embarrassing and humiliating accounts of what it was like dealing with "Brooklyn"... Instead of constantly having to say Hillary Clinton, or Clinton Campaign, she uses "Brooklyn" as the catch-all word for all things Hillary. Granted, she apologizes way too many times in the final chapters, which makes me question the sincerity of her initial explanation.
If you, like me, also enjoy a good book narration... I must say Donna hits it out of the park. My conservative friends are going to question the sanity of this next statement, but I kind of feel sorry for her and all she had to put up with from her people... Only time will tell, but I think a little part of me now likes Donna.
Even though one may be from the way opposite side of Donna's political aisle... I think you'll enjoy reading about Donna's alter-ego, her potty mouth, and her no-holds barred attitude to "making it happen".
If she had given us more of an inside look at her journey through the tumultuous Clinton campaign and the election, the book would have been more valuable. The fact is, before the hacking stuff ever took place, a huge number of the American electorate disliked and distrusted Hillary Clinton, and that's mainly why she lost. Brazile might have focused on why that was, with her astute insights into politics. Bernie Sanders would not have gotten as far as he did in the primaries if people weren't so Hillary-averse....Democrats, Republicans, Independents. And I think it was evident why -- not through the email controversy alone, but from the arrogance of the candidate from the start, her inability to really listen to the People she was supposed to serve, her relentless support for bad policies -- political correctness, immigration, crime, terrorism and the rest. Her health issues showed a decided lack of candor (which she always showed in everything) even with people in her own campaign. Dishonesty, evasion, lack of accountability, doing seriously unethical things to enrich herself -- that's what was in voters' minds when they went to the polls. If Donna Brazile had acted on her instinct to replace Clinton with Biden, things might have gone differently with the 2016 election. As it was, that would have been very hard to do procedurally, and that's probably why she didn't attempt to do that. Besides, the primary voters had spoken, and Brazile really couldn't just overthrow that primary process without a real hassle and uproar. But frankly, Donna, we wish you had tried.
In any case, I liked Donna Brazile throughout most of the book -- just not her obsession with the Russian hacking, and absence of political insight on how her candidate was conducting herself and her campaign.
Oh well. Next time, Donna.
This tome was brilliantly insightful and, instead of being criticized, should be used by The Democrat Party as a blueprint for rebuilding their organization. She is a brilliant strategist that ceded control to a less experienced political machine. This machine did not have the best interest of The Party or Secretary Clinton in mind. It is also scary to read about he potential FEC violations that occurred, resulting in a loss where violators could not be pardoned.
Americans are not all cold, calculating, mindless robots that vote The Party line. They needed someone who could relate to the blue collar workers in the field, some who hunt to put food on the table, to the robots working in offices in giant metropoli and Hillary’s staff did not realize this. Ms. Brazile did but her words were not heeded. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Brazile!
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