Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

Audiobook(CD - Unabridged)

$42.34 $45.00 Save 6% Current price is $42.34, Original price is $45. You Save 6%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Tuesday, May 28



It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the riveting story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign—the candidate herself.

Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the authors' deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC, Shattered offers an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders.

Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign's difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524722883
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 1,176,585
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

JONATHAN ALLEN is a national political reporter with NBC News. A winner of the Dirksen and Hume awards for his reporting on Congress, he was previously the Washington bureau chief for Bloomberg and the White House bureau chief for Politico.

AMIE PARNES is the senior political correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington and a CNN political analyst. She covered Hillary Clinton during the campaign and covers national politics.

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1

Excerpted from "Shattered"
by .
Copyright © 2017 Jonathan Allen.
Excerpted by permission of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 "Or I Wouldn't Have Run" 1

Chapter 2 The Mercenaries and the Missionaries 19

Chapter 3 Feeling the Bern 36

Chapter 4 The Summer of the Server 52

Chapter 5 The Biden Threat 70

Chapter 6 Mrs. October 80

Chapter 7 "I was Certain we were Going to Lose" 101

Chapter 8 The Prize and the Pain 121

Chapter 9 Base Politics 141

Chapter 10 Turning the Corner 163

Chapter 11 Canary in the Auto Plant 175

Chapter 12 Damage 200

Chapter 13 "Too Easy" 228

Chapter 14 "Hillary Just Can't Make Up Her Mind" 256

Chapter 15 But it Looked Great 270

Chapter 16 "It's So Phony" 301

Chapter 17 "Demeanor is the Debate" 322

Chapter 18 Red October 338

Chapter 19 Comey 355

Chapter 20 "I'm Sorry" 371

Chapter 21 The Aftermath 389

Afterword 403

Notes 419

Acknowledgments 458

Index 463

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike Sir Edmund her famous self appointed namesake, Hillary did not see the populism movement, as this book shows, but rather clung to the establishment, and her message was simply dont vote for that sanctimonious bull in the china closet,Trump, rather than articulate a coherent message. Thebook makes the case that Hillary herself lost the election on her own misdeeds, and not by the Russians or any other extraneous source. Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A campaign in disarray, a candidate that believed her own hype, staffers that were afraid to tell the truth it all added up to a failure to recognize a shift in the voters It is a book that shows the disregard a politucal party can have for its own constituants, an important commentary no matter what your political views, i couldnt helo but wonder if bernie sanders read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Shattered does expose some of the thinking behind Hillary’s disastrous 2016 campaign, the authors are still too smitten with Clinton to be taken seriously. Sympathetic insinuations about Clinton and sly jabs at Republicans and the “orange reality star” who soundly defeated her diminish the impact this book could have had. Part of the book details the behind-the-scenes discussions about Hillary’s need to apologize for using a private email server for official government communications. Clinton and the authors seem to blame all the attention given to this issue on the media and partisanship and wonder how she can apologize without losing voters. Is a congressional investigation in Clinton’s wrongdoing truly “partisan” if she actually committed the wrongdoing? Could a private citizen get away with multiple felonies by simply apologizing? Additionally, the authors gloss over aspects of Hillary’s campaign, like her overall health problems and her long absences from the campaign trail. And their collusion with the DNC to take down Bernie Sanders. And how she cheated during the presidential debates that, I’m sorry to inform the authors, she did not win. And I would love to have had more details about Hillary’s behavior on Election Night. At one point, I just started skimming the text because it consisted of tedious details about the campaign that were not particularly informative or entertaining. I can give this book a weak recommendation because it does reveal behind-the-scenes information about an important political campaign and it does spotlight some of Clinton’s weaknesses. However, as other reviewers have noted, it really is not the book that was advertised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm about half way through what is possibly the most boring book I have ever read. I doubt that I'll be able to get through it.
johniew398 More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book right before it was released. I'm glad I ordered it. This is another one of those books you don't want to put down until you finish it. It is amazing that Hillary Clinton and some of her staff placed the blame of her losing on everyone (Comey, the Russians, Wikileaks) except herself. It also details what goes on during a campaign and the power struggles that occur in most campaigns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"SHATTERED" by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes The authors have their typical "mainstream" media journalistic and wish that Hillary had won the 2016 presidential election--that becomes obvious just from reading the Introduction, let alone the main body of this book's text (for example, they consistently refer to Bill and Hillary Clinton by their first names, as if the authors were buddy-buddy with then). But to their credit, at least Allen & Parnes have the intellectual honesty and candour to admit that Mrs. Clinton's defeat was largely self-inflicted (as opposed to being all the alleged fault of the Russians, racists, sexists, etc.), and they examine this self-infliction in a highly detailed and analytical manner (other than their periodic politically correct pontifications which prevent me from giving this book a full 5-star rating). RANDOM STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS (and noteworthy passages): --p. 46: "the Left had less appetite for destruction with a Democratic president in office." (in reference to Occupy Wall Street) --p. 47: Bernie Sanders bought an $0.5M home after winning his first Senate term in 2006. Wow, such a good little democratic socialist (sarcasm)! --p. 48: Alyssa Mastromonaco, from socialist congressman's (Bernie's intern) to BHO's deputy chief of staff. Double-blecchh!! --56: "nativist and xenophobic" Gee, no bias on the authors' part whatsoever <eyeroll> --p. 58: Wow, more race card-playing by the authors. --p. 69: "It was hard to tell which was worse--getting hollered at by Bill Clinton or getting scolded by the stern and self-righteous Hillary. Neither was pleasant." --p. 71: "By late August....the Brooklyn stronghold felt more like the Tower of London than a presidential campaign office." Haha, gor'blimey, mate! --pp. 86-87: By announcing a *strategy* to make Hillary seem more real, her team had actually achieved the opposite effect....It was a pure what the f*ck moment" (original emphasis) --p. 107: Bill a "protective husband" with Hillary?? --p. 136: "moral victory," haha. --p. 167: "weapons of war at home," typical ignorant MSM bias on the gun rights debate --p. 178: "The one person with whom she didn't seem particularly upset: herself." So damn typical. --p: 217: Wow, I actually agree with Bill & Hill on that one (the "superpredator" comment, that is). --p. 234: "What they didn't fully grasp was that Trump had tapped into a vein with the electorate that **Hillary couldn't locate**--and, just as important, his much narrower focus within the Electoral College provided a viable path to victory." [Emphasis added] --p. 268: "Hillary knew she hadn't won over a lot of the veterans." Gee, no sh*t, eh! --p. 290: Well, well, well....Harvey Weinstein. 'Nuff said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So what is Hillary going to do? Send the squealers to Syria? What sort of power does she now have when it is obvious we democrats will never allow her to run for us again. Come on. For once girl, blame yourself. "Hillary fails to climb a mountain". Yah sure. She was already at the top with millions of dollars. Unbelievable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Shattered" is a thrilling book on what NOT to do. It contains important lessons on management: what am I selling, who are my customers, how can I do it better than my competition, what should I delegate and what should I not delegate. Hillary's mistake, among many, was not heeding Lincoln's dictum that wars are too important to leave in the hands of generals.
susanwalkergirl More than 1 year ago
I’m not a Hillary Clinton fan, but after hearing authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes interviewed about their book Shattered – Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, I knew I wanted to read this book. After following the crazy 2016 Presidential election, with all the twists and turns that left heads spinning, I couldn’t resist learning about Hillary’s campaign from those who knew her best. How is it that this woman, who spent her lifetime striving for the opportunity to be the first woman President, lost and had to watch her dream slip through her fingers once again? Only to have the most unlikely candidate, President Donald J. Trump, win the election? The authors were given unprecedented access to the Clinton campaign and people at all levels. As a result, readers are given insight into the actions and decisions Hillary and her campaign workers made. Shattered is not light reading. Even though I was familiar with events in this book, I found it interesting because I was seeing the events through the eyes of Hillary and her people. One can’t help but wonder if the campaign had been run different, would we now have Hillary Clinton as President? How did the people who were guarded, controlling and on a personal power trip effect Hillary’s campaign? Were they there to help Hillary win or to try and ensure they had a job in the next administration? If Hillary had been open to honest criticism instead of surrounding herself with yes men and women would she have run a more effective strategic campaign? Why did Hillary rely on her people to put into words why she was running for President? Why couldn’t she say it in her own words? If Hillary had been humble, took responsibility for her own bad decisions and genuinely apologized would it have positively impacted her campaign? The 2016 Presidential election was a circus and Hillary’s campaign was surprisingly ineffectively run. This book provides some insight into the key players that impacted this election and Hillary’s campaign. There were a couple of scenes in this book that helped me to see Hillary in a more personal light and I felt some compassion for her. I didn’t expect that. I thought authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes did a good job in staying out of the story and instead reflect Hillary, her key players and the campaign as it unfolded. I tried to figure out their own political leanings. They are definitely not Trump supporters. Based on their respect and reverential manner in how they wrote about President Obama, I believe they are likely liberals. I couldn’t really tell if they were Hillary fans. If so they weren’t afraid to honestly and accurately portray Hillary and her supporters. Shattered – Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign gives keen insight into Hillary’s campaign and the one of the craziest elections in recent years. It also helps readers to see where the continued all-out attack on President Trump started and the ongoing narrative that is currently unfolding in newspapers and the media today. I would like to thank Blogging for Books and the Crown Publishing Group for the opportunity to read Shattered – Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign. This was an excellent book and it accurately captures Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the surprising upset. I found it informative and recommend it to folks, both conservative and liberal, who want to better understand the 2016 Presidential election.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick Review: Good book about the internal politics of Hillary's campaign staff. No real insight on Hillary herself beyond her team management techniques. Dinging the book for method starting each chapter with an event and then going back in time to document what lead to that event. --- Just finished reading the book. It's a nice inside look at the campaign through the eyes of two reporters that were friendly to the Hillary. They offer a lot of insight into the workings of the 2016 campaign for president, from before her candidacy was announced until a few weeks following her loss. The book focuses on the leaders in her campaign staff. It seems like the authors were kept away from Hillary, and they really offer no direct insight into the woman. The book does a decent enough job portraying Hillary's management technique. The authors portray a campaign staff filled with competing power centers and no clear hierarchy. A large focus in the book is put on Robert Mook's methods for running the campaign using analytics-driven spending. Podesta appears to be on par in authority with Mook while having a variety of titles and positions. Bill Clinton dislikes coldness of a campaign driven by Mook's cost-saving analytics. And Huma Abedin has firm control of Hillary's schedule and access. As the campaign rolls along, these primary characters have their fortunes ebb and flow along with Hillary's favor. Along the way, dozens of other political operatives, old friends of Hillary, and consultants capture Hillary's attention and get to put their fingerprints on the campaign. There is one key point in the book sums up the book for me. It's an issue that shows up early. Hillary gets angry with her speech writers for being unable to articulate why she wants to run for president. This problem never gets resolved. Not even when Hillary brings in an outside speech writer, calls on her old speech writer from her 2008 campaign, asks Obama's speech writer for some help, and has the speech writer on her staff hire as an assistant the woman he beat out for the job originally. The authors do a decent job to capture the mood of the campaign staff. You get a good feeling of the conflicts in the campaign and how winning in the primaries helped smooth things over. I didn't like the authors' chapter writing technique. Almost all the chapters started off with a few paragraphs on some major event, like Comey re-opening the investigation. Then the chapter would jump back in time to discuss how that event came to pass. It misses more than it hits. Final thoughts: The book reminded me of stories you hear about movies in development hell. It also reminds me of "The Smartest Guys in the Room" about the Enron collapse. Hillary is an inscrutable manager. She anoints people with her favor and they get more power from that. It seems that some of her people spent more time seeking her favor than doing their actual jobs. Others did their jobs, but guarded their fiefdoms jealously so no one else could catch Hillary's eye. Her campaign was not a healthy work environment.
StonedAtWork More than 1 year ago
I guess it true Karma is a hecka problem
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book goes into great detail revolving a round the Clinton campaign. I found it interesting but could only read it in small dosages. If you weren't paying attention as you read, the last chapter did an excellent job of summarizing the entire campaign.
davidnmonroy More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellant read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the book, and One of the best fictional book,The Perfect Author read it on and give your feedback. really worth to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing more to say! Bunch of lies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Modern history told very well...story keeps flowing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a stupid book, Hillary ran one of the best campaign there is. I can't believe all that trees spent on writing this useless book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love that term in previous review. It sums it up nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trump is a spur on a foot note