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A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton (Vintage)

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Publisher Comments:

Drawing from hundreds of interviews with colleagues, friends and with unique access to campaign records, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Carl Bernstein offers a complex and nuanced portrait of one of the most controversial figures of our time: Hillary Clinton.

He has given us a book that enables us, at last, to address the questions Americans are insistently — even obsessively — asking: What is her character? What is her political philosophy? Who is she? What can we expect from her?

Review:

"Which Hillary Clinton will prevail in this sprawling, muddled biography? Is she a 'messianic' idealist or a ruthless pragmatist given to negative ad campaigns and vilifying opponents? A liberal feminist firebrand or a closet traditionalist and Washington prayer-group fixture? A Lady Macbeth, a First Soul-mate, or a stand-by-your-man marital martyr? Bernstein (All the President's Men) gives us all these Hillary's, foggily uniting them by reference to her 'extraordinary capability for change and evolutionary development.' (Then again, the Senate candidate who 'told voters largely what they wanted to hear' seems much the same species as the Wellesley student-body president who 'was more interested in...achieving victory than in taking a philosophical position.') Bernstein's ill-balanced treatment puts 'the Journey'-Hillary's mystic term for her politico-conjugal relationship with Bill Clinton-at the center of the story, particularly her dominant, sometimes disastrous role in Bill's scandal-plagued administration. Ever the investigative reporter, the author serves up chapters of eye-glazing Whitewater arcana and probes Hillary's emotional turmoil as she defends Bill from bimbo eruptions, but flits through her entire post-impeachment career as a high-profile senator and leader of the Democratic party in a scant 19 pages. Bernstein provides a densely detailed road-map of Hillary's life, but we get little sense of where the Journey has taken her. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Three decades have passed since Carl Bernstein wrote his last book on U.S. politics, 'The Final Days,' co-authored with Bob Woodward. But he has not lost his reporter's touch, and his new book, 'A Woman in Charge,' has already refocused serious questions — and supplied new information — about Hillary and Bill Clinton, their past behavior and their current ambitions to regain the White House.

... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[T]he most reliable Hillary Clinton biography to date, a must-read for anybody closely following the 2008 campaign. I seriously doubt it will be superseded." Douglas Brinkley, The Boston Globe

Review:

"A remarkably revealing portrait." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"A full-scale biography of the former first lady and possible future president....A considerable achievement." The Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"Sprightly written....Insightful in its judgments, and studded with factual nuggets that enhance the Hillary saga." Salon

Review:

"Carl Bernstein...refuses to sacrifice his scruples....A balanced, thoughtful, convincing biography of an influential modern figure." The News and Observer

Review:

"[Bernstein's] book holds together as a piece of writing, and he keeps the psychobabble to a merciful minimum. He also attempts to write a genuine biography, describing and interpreting the life Hillary has led and the varieties of forces that shaped her." Jennifer Senior, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Fresh, complete and detailed, it offers a welcome chance to recalibrate our gauges on her. You already know it's quite a story, but Bernstein fleshes it out as never before....The book may be lengthy...but it's never a trudge." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"In the end this reader was left wishing she could sit down with the senator and get an unencumbered sense of what Hillary Clinton is really like." The Oregonian

Review:

"It turns out that Carl Bernstein, investigative reporting icon and not-so-successful biographer in the past, has written one of the best unauthorized biographies I've ever read about a living person." Dallas Morning News

About the Author

Carl Bernstein, with Bob Woodward, shared a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Watergate for The Washington Post. He is the author, with Woodward, of All the President's Men and The Final Days, and, with Marco Politi, of His Holiness: John Paul II and the History of Our Time. He is also the author of Loyalties, a memoir about his parents during McCarthy-era Washington. He has written for Vanity Fair (he is also a contributing editor), Time, USA Today, Rolling Stone, and The New Republic. He was a Washington bureau chief and correspondent for ABC News. He lives with his wife, Christine, in New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307388551
Author:
Bernstein, Carl
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Legislators
Subject:
Presidents' spouses
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Legislators -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PP BandW
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
7.96x5.28x1.30 in. 1.32 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Which Hillary Clinton will prevail in this sprawling, muddled biography? Is she a 'messianic' idealist or a ruthless pragmatist given to negative ad campaigns and vilifying opponents? A liberal feminist firebrand or a closet traditionalist and Washington prayer-group fixture? A Lady Macbeth, a First Soul-mate, or a stand-by-your-man marital martyr? Bernstein (All the President's Men) gives us all these Hillary's, foggily uniting them by reference to her 'extraordinary capability for change and evolutionary development.' (Then again, the Senate candidate who 'told voters largely what they wanted to hear' seems much the same species as the Wellesley student-body president who 'was more interested in...achieving victory than in taking a philosophical position.') Bernstein's ill-balanced treatment puts 'the Journey'-Hillary's mystic term for her politico-conjugal relationship with Bill Clinton-at the center of the story, particularly her dominant, sometimes disastrous role in Bill's scandal-plagued administration. Ever the investigative reporter, the author serves up chapters of eye-glazing Whitewater arcana and probes Hillary's emotional turmoil as she defends Bill from bimbo eruptions, but flits through her entire post-impeachment career as a high-profile senator and leader of the Democratic party in a scant 19 pages. Bernstein provides a densely detailed road-map of Hillary's life, but we get little sense of where the Journey has taken her. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[T]he most reliable Hillary Clinton biography to date, a must-read for anybody closely following the 2008 campaign. I seriously doubt it will be superseded."
"Review" by , "A remarkably revealing portrait."
"Review" by , "A full-scale biography of the former first lady and possible future president....A considerable achievement."
"Review" by , "Sprightly written....Insightful in its judgments, and studded with factual nuggets that enhance the Hillary saga."
"Review" by , "Carl Bernstein...refuses to sacrifice his scruples....A balanced, thoughtful, convincing biography of an influential modern figure."
"Review" by , "[Bernstein's] book holds together as a piece of writing, and he keeps the psychobabble to a merciful minimum. He also attempts to write a genuine biography, describing and interpreting the life Hillary has led and the varieties of forces that shaped her."
"Review" by , "Fresh, complete and detailed, it offers a welcome chance to recalibrate our gauges on her. You already know it's quite a story, but Bernstein fleshes it out as never before....The book may be lengthy...but it's never a trudge."
"Review" by , "In the end this reader was left wishing she could sit down with the senator and get an unencumbered sense of what Hillary Clinton is really like."
"Review" by , "It turns out that Carl Bernstein, investigative reporting icon and not-so-successful biographer in the past, has written one of the best unauthorized biographies I've ever read about a living person."
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