- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; New edition edition (September 25, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684825457
- ISBN-13: 978-0684825458
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It Takes A Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us New edition Edition
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The First Lady, a longtime child advocate, expresses her concerns for the children of today's world and offers her ideas for developing our society into one that values children's unique contributions. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
Susan Larson New Orleans Times-Picayune A wake-up call...a comprehensive look at what our children need and want and deserve -- and aren't getting....We should all be reading it, learning from it, and acting on it. -- Review
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Yea, you read that right. I adopted an opinion before reading the book.
What I found was a down to earth, practical read that encourages governments, communities and homes to value children. It offers some great advice. I recommend it highly.
I am a Mormon, and one thing that impressed me about this book is that Hillary praised the Mormon practice of holding Family Home Evenings once a week. (My family did this growing up). Hillary's point with this book is that we need to look at what's working for American families. We need to emulate good practices in the private sector, and put government back on the side of families.
I think Hillary Clinton is a true hero, and feminine role model. I supported her bid for presidency, not because I agreed with her on every issue, but because I respected her, and felt excited to support a female candidate.
Regardless of party affiliation (I'm a Republican), this book is intelligent, well-researched and written and beneficial to the public policy discourse.
I recommend it!
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 ›
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A complete social Marxist manifesto. These principles held within are based on Saul Alinsky, a true Marxist who she pioneered in her early years as a law student. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Dr. Giovanni Meli, DPT
I learned positive things about Hillary that I did know or the media did not report.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
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Nice, soft-core compendium of common sense and common law provisions for children.Published 19 days ago by Steven Landau
This is a thoughtful book which shows her depth of knowledge about issues affecting children, the family and the community at large. Read morePublished 23 days ago by L. Jee
Clearly, an intelligent author that has the heart for children and families.Published 27 days ago by Sherri Good
This book was a valuable tool in researching the way members of the community can work towards its generally improved health. Read morePublished 27 days ago by C. Phillips