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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. getAbstract.com says: Read it.

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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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 still respect each other. In high school and in her church youth group, she was an activist from the very beginning. Hillary served on a student group called the Cultural Values Committee, dedicated to promoting tolerance and diversity, and went to see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak, although some of her friends’ parents called him a liberal rabble-rouser.

Young Ms. Rodham entered Wellesley College as a Republican and even served as President of the Young Republicans. But the Vietnam war, the rightward drift of the Republican party and the assassinations of King and Robert F. Kennedy pushed her to change her views. When her classmates asked her to be the first-ever student speaker at Wellesley’s commencement, the extreme reactions - both positive and negative - that her speech provoked were only a taste of what she would experience later in her political life. Hillary entered Yale ...


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