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Living History Paperback – Bargain Price, March 31, 2004
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Beginning with a brief outline of her childhood, college years, introduction to politics, and her courtship with Bill Clinton, Clinton covers a wide variety of topics: life on the campaign trail, her troubled tenure as leader of the President's Task Force on National Health Care Reform, meeting with foreign leaders, and her work on human rights, to name a few. By necessity, she also addresses the various scandals that plagued the administration, from Travelgate to Whitewater to impeachment, though she does not go into great detail about each one; rather, she seems content to simply state her case and move on without trying to settle too many old scores.
Along the way, she offers many apologies, though perhaps not the kind some would expect. She does not shy away from her "vast right-wing conspiracy" comment, for instance, though she does wish that she had expressed herself differently. Regarding the Monica Lewinsky scandal, she maintains that her husband initially lied to her, as he did the rest of the country, and did not come clean until two days prior to his grand jury testimony. Calling his betrayal "the most devastating, shocking and hurtful experience of my life," she explains what the aftermath was like personally and why she has elected to stand by her man. In all, Living History is an informative book that goes a long way toward humanizing one of the most recognizable, and controversial, women of our age. Shawn Carkonen
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Starting Living History, I had no real expectations due to my lack of knowledge about Hillary’s life, so I can honestly say I was unbiased. Despite this, I quickly picked up on her way of writing. The politician in Hillary is evident when she makes sure to mention how American and average she was growing up, wanting other average Americans to relate to her for future use. This was one detail I did not find always necessary; her knack for adding personal stories when they sometimes could have been left out, but are included to reach for common ground with the reader. (I do this myself and would recognize it regardless of Party).
On a positive note, I did like that Hillary was relatively informal in her writing. She had few grammatical errors, and her writing style was not from a political leader looking down at me, the reader, and remembering her life, rather sharing daily struggles that I can still resonate with though I have not experienced many of the things she has. As previously mentioned, I finally got to see this figure fleshed out as a person in Living History and read about her love for her country, husband, daughter and friends, which are things I can relate to to my own degree.
Pointing out a favorite highlight from the book would be Hillary’s time in school, specifically in the chapters concerning her time at Wellesley and Yale.Read more ›
It is nearly impossible for Americans to remain neutral in their assessment of Mrs. Clinton. Consequently, when any of us approach writing either by her or about her, we tend to bring our own preconceptions with us. Of course, this is nothing new. Conservatives railed about Mrs. Roosevelt to a degree that has still not been matched in more modern times. The accusations that she and her husband were driving us into world socialism are well documented.
I found this book rather a boring read. Mrs. Clinton is a very intelligent woman, but that doesn't make a book worth reading. Yes, I consider it somewhat self-serving. Why would anyone write a memoir that wasn't? Mrs. Clinton delves somewhat into the whole sordid Lewinsky affair, but almost as if she were a member of the press corps, not the President's wife. For this reader the account only reinforces that this was a rather distant marriage to begin with. The political twist is nothing more than I would expect from any political partisan on either side of the aisle.
I still consider the gold standard in recollections of First Ladies to be Mrs. Johnson's "White House Diaries". No other First Lady has accomplished this, and Mrs. Clinton hasn't either. This book will probably only reinforce whatever political baggage each reader brings along. As an entertaining read I have seen many better.
This was a very good read, even though I feel there were a few sections of self pitying. But, to be honest, I find this perfectly acceptable considering the despicable attacks that the first family had to endure for eight years. She mostly leaves out her feelings about the whole Lewinsky affair, but why should she air those? I happen to feel that it's pretty obvious how she felt about the affair - her husband cheated on her, so why state the obvious? Besides that, if you are looking for some deep feelings about the affair, read "My Life," President Clinton's book, where he writes candidly about his failings and why he had the affair in the first place.
She did leave a few details a bit thin that I would have liked to have - I could have used a couple of hundred more pages. After all, the Clintons did spend eight years in the White House, and she has very strong opinions on important issues, clearly evidenced by her being the only first lady to serve in the Senate. More of her thoughts on policy during the Clintons' tenure in the White House would have been nice. The book's brevity is what prevents this book from getting five stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hillary is a slimy criminal bitch that needs to be in prison for the rest of her miserable life.Published 1 day ago by Craig DeMouy
I always get a twitch in my leg when I feel that I am being lied to......by the end of the book my leg had knocked over my coffee table, 2 lamps, a book shelf and I kicked the TV... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Matt
Absolute garbage. This woman is a psychopathic war criminal and her husband is a serial rapist. The Clinton Foundation is nothing but a money laundering scheme. Read morePublished 11 days ago by dean scarpinato