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HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
     

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

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by Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
 

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The mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton's political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from deep inside her inner circle

Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around

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The mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton's political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from deep inside her inner circle

Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history. 
 
The story of Hillary’s phoenixlike rise is at the heart of HRC, a riveting political biography that journeys into the heart of “Hillaryland” to discover a brilliant strategist at work. Masterfully unfolded by Politico’s Jonathan Allen and The Hill’s Amie Parnes from more than two hundred top-access interviews with Hillary’s intimates, colleagues, supporters, and enemies, HRC portrays a seasoned operator who negotiates political and diplomatic worlds with equal savvy. Loathed by the Obama team in the wake of the primary, Hillary worked to become the president’s greatest ally, their fates intertwined in the work of reestablishing America on the world stage. HRC puts readers in the room with Hillary during the most intense and pivotal moments of this era, as she mulls the president-elect’s offer to join the administration, pulls the strings to build a coalition for his war against Libya, and scrambles to deal with the fallout from the terrible events in Benghazi—all while keeping one eye focused on 2016.
 
HRC offers a rare look inside the merciless Clinton political machine, as Bill Clinton handled the messy business of avenging Hillary’s primary loss while she tried to remain above the partisan fray. Exploring her friendships and alliances with Robert Gates, David Petraeus, Leon Panetta, Joe Biden, and the president himself, Allen and Parnes show how Hillary fundamentally transformed the State Department through the force of her celebrity and her unparalleled knowledge of how power works in Washington. Filled with deep reporting and immersive storytelling, this remarkable portrait of the most important female politician in American history is an essential inside look at the woman who may be our next president.


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/15/2013
Written by two authors intimately familiar with the political process—Allen is the senior Washington correspondent for POLITICO and Parnes the White House correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington, DC—this book surveys the landscape from Hillary Clinton's primary defeat to her successes as secretary of state.
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"Books on contemporary political figures rarely have pinpoint timing, but this one does... [Allen and Parnes's] most persuasive accomplishment is to show, backed by impressive detail, the ways in which Clinton never really abandoned domestic politics." –Jodi Kantor, New York Times Book Review

"[HRC] provides useful context and intelligent analysis, and a highly readable account of her tenure at Foggy Bottom... pumped full of colorful you-are-there details." –Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"Deeply reported... a revealing window into the le Carré-like layers of intrigue that develop when a celebrity politician who is married to another celebrity politician loses to yet another celebrity politician, and goes on to serve the politician who defeated her." Washington Post

"HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton manages the rare feat of being both important and entertaining. It opens with a juicy chapter detailing the punishment and reward of Bill and Hillary’s political enemies and friends. But the meat of HRC is its narration of her role in tackling crises in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Libya — an amazingly tumultuous period that provides the best preview of what a Hillary Clinton presidency might look like, at least for foreign policy." New York magazine

"A character-driven psychodrama, chockablock with sweaty descriptions of its players… It's no easy feat to wring page-turning narrative juice from four years of state craft, but Allen and Parnes have relied on 200 sources…to get them the gossipy goods."—Los Angeles Times
 
"A thoroughly reported and well-written chronicle of Clinton’s comeback and her tenure at the State Department."Christian Science Monitor

"Full of the inside baseball that political junkies love and on which opposition researchers thrive. Great stuff to light the hot stove of the off-season." –Hugh Hewitt, The Washington Examiner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804136761
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
02/11/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
222,089
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

JONATHAN ALLEN covers the White House and the 2016 presidential campaign for Bloomberg News. An award-winning reporter, he has also written extensively about Congress and national politics, and he appears frequently as a political analyst on national television news programs. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Asher and Emma.

AMIE PARNES is the White House correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington, where she covers the Obama Administration. A ten-year veteran of political journalism, she traveled with the Clinton, Obama and McCain campaigns while covering the 2008 presidential race for POLITICO. She appears frequently on MSNBC and has also been featured on CNN, Fox News and other networks.


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HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton is a fabulous book. It really gives you a firsthand look at Hillary and her life in politics. The book is very well researched and the author provides great insight into Hillary’s political rebirth, making her the frontrunner for the 2016 presidency of the United States. Overall I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and well-researched.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a Republican you will hate this book because it is about a strong, brilliant leader in the Democratic Party. If you are a Democrat or open minded, you’ll really enjoy the incredible insight of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very thorough and very well researched and I did not see it as being at all partisan. I was very pleased with the quality of the writing and definitely did not feel it was one sided in its presentation. It is very interesting to me how people will reject facts if they don't square with what they CHOOSE to believe! An excellent oveerview of Clinton's tenure as Sec of State.
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I was interestiing not a book read in 2-3days but it was good.b
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of loopholes! Did not tell full story of any happening. Hillary is a hard worker but too naive!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To much untruth if you really check the book out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! I can't wait to vote for her! I also recommend reading Hector's Juice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unreadable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok