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Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary: Reflections by Women Writers Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 22, 2008
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"An unusually insightful and particularly well written collection." -- Daily News
"As these witty, insightful voices struggle to get a grasp on this larger-than-life figure, they expose how difficult a task that really is." -- Redbook Magazine
"Clever, entertaining, provocative, and elegantly written." -- Newsweek
"Intriguing . These essays attest to the infinite subjectivity of peoples views, the pure relativism of perception .This volume of reflections corroborates Mrs. Clintons own long-ago observation that she is a Rorschach test for voters." -- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"Pithy, imaginative, and bold essays by exceptionally shrewd women writers....In all, a discerning, engrossing dissection not only of a galvanizing figure but also of our conflicted feelings about women and power." -- Booklist
"The collection gathers strength as the variety and ferocity of opinions, insights, disappointments, and projections unfolds, often revealing more about the writers than about Hillary, and more about our warring notions of power, politics, and sex roles than it seems possible to hold in any brain at one time." -- Elizabeth Benedict, Huffington Post
"Thirty Ways does provide grist for thought....canny and thoughtful." -- New York Observer
"This original collection features a stellar group of women writers." -- Newsday
"Well-written...thoughtful." -- Miami Herald
Top Customer Reviews
If the primary race was over and Hillary had become the Democratic nominee after Super Tuesday, as many expected would happen, they probably sensed that this baby would be a best-seller.
There isn't a lot that's particularly revealing about Clinton in Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary. It's more a volume of essays about how the various authors feel about her and view her in ways (usually) not covered by the main stream media.
I was a little surprised at the critical and sometimes flip tone of some of the authors. Some of the essays ponder who is the real HRC? Is she a dog person or a cat person? Is she better or worse than Lady Macbeth? What did she like to snack on in the White House?
(Can you imagine the outcry if someone had written a similar volume about any of the men candidates?)
While entertaining and well-written, I'd like to look at Hillary in a 31st way.
What would her candidacy have looked like if she hadn't married Bill?
What if she had married someone else, kept her name and was still Hillary Rodham? If we take the Bill Clinton lens off the glasses through which we scrutinize Hillary, what would an objective look at her candidacy be? I have a feeling it would be much more charitable in terms of her experience, her personality and her judgment.Read more ›
Thirty Ways of Looking at Hillary gathers thirty essays by women who think and write for a living. Most of the pieces here take the subject seriously, notwithstanding a trivial piece by Susan Orlean on whether Clinton is a cat person or a dog person and a mock high school yearbook page by Patricia Marx ("pet peeves: bad punctuation, martial law"). Some essays seem frivolous at first, but turn out to be quite thoughtful, such as Mimi Sheraton's look at Hillary through her taste in food and Lauren Collins on Clinton's apparent lack of hobbies.
Several writers have written about Hillary Clinton before and stand by their controversial opinions such as Robin Givhan on Clinton's cleavage. On the other hand, Judith Warner all but apologizes for her 1992 biography, Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story: Revised and Updated, which at least one reviewer called a hagiography.
There are no right-wing hit jobs in this collection, but Laura Kipnis does a survey of Hillary biographies (many of which fall into the hit job category) and finds they reveal more about the authors than about Clinton.Read more ›
Except for the entry on whether Hillary is a "cat" or "dog" person, which I found a bit insulting, each of these pieces was thoughtful and contributed to forming a more rounded view of just what kind of political animal Mrs. Clinton really is.
To their credit, these women wasted no time -- bypassing the easy stuff like style and personality -- and going straight to the heart of the matter, to the jugular in fact: Hillary's ambitions and obsession with power politics.
Unfortunately, after wading through all of the obvious biases and prejudices most often used against Mrs Clinton -- the most prominent being "the double barrel double standard sexist bias," in which both men and women have sexist expectations of her -- it came somewhat as a surprise to me that, at the end of the day, most of the stereotypes tended to stick to Hillary like so much velcro. Perhaps that is what still accounts for her high negatives?Read more ›
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This book is a series of essays by people removed from the real world of being a woman today. These women are using her to promote their own cleverness. Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Rose Marie Holt
Whether you love Hillary or hate her, no doubt you've got a strong opinion about the woman. But the emotions evoked in you by Hillary Clinton probably speak less to Hillary's... Read morePublished on May 23, 2008 by Kelly Garbato
I was a little bit shocked at the negative ways to look at Hillary Clinton, but there were some balanced articles, especially Dr. Read morePublished on February 25, 2008 by Catherine M. Peery