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Mrs. Clinton gives the reader a compelling portrait of her vision for America's Children. To all the rocket scientists who'se reviews made the bold statement "It takes a Mother and Father to raise a Child" you are completely missing the point and obviously didn't read paragraph one of the book. In no way does Clinton devalue parental roles she simply acknowledges that at other people have effects on a child's well being. Children rely on safe neighborhoods, good teachers, readily available health-care and many other facets of "The Village" to be raised properly.
Within the book Ms. Clinton introduces a whole litany of social programs some of which I agree with (better health education and diets in school's to combat obesity, required marital counseling, ) and some of which I don't (socialist medicine and Charter Schools--the former will never fly in this country and the latter are proving to be a flop). Reasonable people can disagree, and while I don't see eye to eye with Clinton on some issues her objective is noble and her writing is enjoyable. FOr the record if Chelsea is any indication--Hillary Clinton is an excellent Mom.
There's little middle ground in this country when it comes to Hillary---I've heard the most vile and disgusting things uttered about her and I've seen her almost worshipped. I like to think I can be part of that middle ground--a right-winger who appreciates the intelligent passionate argument that she brings to the table.
I was very impressed with how good of a book this is, and I disagree that Hilary had a one-track political agenda in mind when she wrote it. It is obvious from her language and insights that she deeply cares about the welfare of children in America and worldwide, and far from picking a topic that she knew would galvanize public support (say, immigration, health care, social security, etc etc), she makes the bold statement that the best judge of each culture is the welfare of its children. Sadly, that kind of agenda is not going to win her any votes. The irony of that fact of life is exactly her point.
She repeatedly says that she does not think it is up to the state to care for children, but rather, it is up to all of us to see that we, as a culture, ensure that our children are well-cared for. She refers to her own upbringing and the community she grew up in, and says that while she doesn't think it makes sense to try to bring back the '50s, as life in the modern world is radically different, we can try to instill some of the benefits of the community way of life of that era into our modern day hustle and bustle. Her point is that orphans and children of abusive parents left by the wayside often develop into criminals and abusive adults that our own children have to deal with. That is NOT a political diatribe, but an observation anyone with common sense agrees with.Read more ›
But, the message and reasoning in this book I found to be quite good.
And, if you're someone who loves or hates it just based on the author; then feel free to keep your thoughts to yourself. If you're able to forget who wrote it, I bet the VAST majority of people would actually agree with the things said within.
While I can certainly agree with the opinion that Mrs. Clinton's book does include, to some extent, mild political propaganda regarding social programs, we must keep in mind that the work is a collection of Hillary Rodham Clinton's personal views. It's absolutely pointless for anyone to share his/her views in a book without supporting those opinions--thus creating propaganda. It's a no-brainer that the author would back up his/her views only with the facts that best support the opinions while shying away from those that do not.
As far as the title of the book is concerned, it certainly DOES take a village to raise a child, and as Mrs. Clinton points out, the village WILL raise the child, with or without the parents. Those parents who carefully guide their children in what they see as the best direction have much better control over the extent the village raises their children. Therefore, those who fail to take an active role in their childrens' lives are essentially leaving the job to the community, which definately has more than its fair share of negative influences and role models that tend to serve as predators waiting for the misguided or the unguided.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A worthwhile, unique and highly captivating manuscript!! I have read several of Hillary Clinton's books, and each one has its own personality, strength, and window to her soul and... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Emily Gray
Bad, bad book !!!!
Clinton believes the family is secondary to institutions and governments when it comes to looking after the interests of children.
Hard to really believe Clinton means Anything she says, but nice try.Published 12 days ago by Pamela F
She made me wonder what I could do to help today. What an intelligent woman she is. Helped me know who I will vote for.Published 22 days ago by Barb
Hillary Clinton believes abortion is decent.Abortion is murder.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 1:5
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;and before thou camest forth... Read more
Arrived in a earlier than expected and in perfect condition with a coupon. As for the material, I truly enjoy this book as it is a wealth of wisdom on child development and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tron
The book is very factual, informational and filled with people's experiences. Very well written. This book helps to see the REAL Hillary Clinton and her true interest and concern... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aquilla E. Detter
This is an opportunity to review the perspectives of Hillary Clinton on a variety of issues essential to the American public. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer