Kengor, a conservative Catholic professor of political science (Grove City Coll., PA) has written several books on religion and politics in modern America. He strongly supports conservative and Republican values, and it is surprising that he has written a book on Hillary Clinton that is neither censorious nor politically hostile. Kengor judges rightly that Clinton's election to the presidency will depend on how much her religious thinking agrees with that of the general American population. He tries to find the roots of her thinking in her faith (liberal Methodism), upbringing (Midwest conservatism), and education (liberal Wellesley and Yale). There is also a discussion of the effects of her husband's past misdeeds. A major flaw in Kengor's well-researched text is that he himself has not interviewed Clinton, which results in his relying too readily on secondary interpretation. It may also be off-putting to some that Kengor depicts liberal Democrats as covert socialists and even insultingly as "fellow-travelers." Those criticisms aside, this book is recommended for all libraries with strong collections in political affairs.
James F. DeRoche