Summary of Living History

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Living History book summary
Meet Hillary Rodham Clinton: activist, lawyer, wife, mother, First Lady, Senator and symbol of women’s changing roles.


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What can you say about a book as long-awaited as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s autobiography, except "read it"? No matter what your political persuasion, you will find something to chew over in this memoir. Clinton fans will love Hillary’s spirited defense of her husband and her refusal to back down from her claim that a conservative conspiracy was gunning for him during his entire presidency. Conservatives will eagerly sift through her recollections of the Whitewater investigation for slips, omissions and excuses. Mrs. Clinton says her book should be viewed as a collection of her feelings and memories, rather than as a definitive account of the Clinton presidency. More than a simple memoir, this is a fascinating self-portrait of a woman who carved out a successful career in what was formerly a man’s profession and became one of the most adored and simultaneously most reviled First Ladies in American history. says: Read it.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton’s life story up to her election to the U.S. Senate in 2000
  • Her opinion of the so-called Clinton scandals
  • Her analysis of critical domestic and international issues, particularly those affecting women and children


Hillary Rodham’s Life before Bill Clinton
Hillary Rodham came from a midwestern, Methodist, middle class family. Her housewife mother was a Democrat, while her father, who owned his own business, was a staunch Republican. She learned from them that people could disagree politically and...
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About the Author

Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York in 2000 after eight years as America’s First Lady during the presidency of her husband, William Jefferson Clinton. She is the author of three other books and lives in Chappaqua, New York.

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