Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes



Review: HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes
Broadway Books
2015


Whether you are a fan of Hillary Clinton or not reading this book will open your eyes to more than just HRC.  She is not an incidental character in this book, but definitely not the only one of interest.  I found myself recognizing names and making connections that I missed somewhere down the line of the last few years since the tenure of the Obama’s in the White House.  

http://www.randomhouse.com/author/187702/amie-parnes?sort=best_13wk_3monthHRC gives a view from the inside of just who Clinton is and how she operates.  I must say I do admire her ability much more than I did before reading this book.  She can navigate well in the political arena on her own power.  But apparently, she has more than her own resources to rely upon there.  Her husband figures largely in her political career too.  Like he quipped many years ago, they come as a two for one deal in politics.  That partnership did not seem to extend to her time in the State Department according to this book.  And that time is the redeeming value of this book as far as I am concerned.

I found the book not a delight to read, but not drudgery either.  It is slow and the opening third could be torn away without damaging the rest of the work these authors produced, in my opinion.  Although, there may be some that find that part enthralling---if you like reading how HRC managed to capitalize on her loss to Obama.  

This is a book about Hillary Clinton and with the 2016 presidential race drawing near it might be a good resource for those that see her as a prime contender, assuming she does in fact become just that.  If not, read it to discover just how convoluted the government and politics can be.  That may be the most useful purpose of this book in the next decade.

I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.









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