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 tragic 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 will offer 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 listeners understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.
©2017 Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes (P)2017 Random House Audio
If you're a political junkie or supporter of Clinton you'll enjoy this book. However, this is written totally and completely from the view of the mainstream media in that everything Trump does is bad, his supporters are all Neanderthal misogynists, and that the staff let Hillary down instead of putting responsibility on the candidate.
First of all - excellent narration. Like a great umpire, the best narrators go unnoticed.
The book details the democratic primary process and then the election from the viewpoint of the HRC's campaign.
I think it draws out the short-comings of her candidacy, her campaign team and the vulnerabilities of America's democratic process very well.
It spends little to no time commenting on Trump's candidacy other than to highlight facts that impacted the Clinton campaign.
Trump fans should stop down voting this book - it is not kind to Hillary or to her campaign. But I do believe it is a pretty accurate summary of events for posterity and fir future campaigns to behoove!
If it had really been an honest look at the Clinton campaign
This book was complete garbage. Written to excuse Clintons mistakes and make her look like a victim.
When I heard about this "tell all" book sharing the behind the scenes story of the Clinton campaign I thought that if the authors were brave enough to tell the story than I would read it. After finishing it though, I wonder if Mrs Clinton was really taking long, reflective walks in the woods or sitting in her home office helping them write this book. I can only imagine this project had her and the Clinton machines blessing. It's propaganda. Nothing more and nothing less.
Another regressive leftest blaming everyone for Clintons loss except for Clinton herself. Too say the authors was overly generous to Clinton... would be an understatement. She also blames misogyny for Clintons loss, when there is no evidence to support the claim.
This book is not an examination of Hillary's historic loss.
It is a self congratulating set of excuses, designed to soften the bitter sting of failure for democrats still yet unwilling to look the problem in the eye.
Instead of a critical examination of Hillary's unprecedented loss, the book feels like damage control to improve hillary's image.
Key players like Comey, republican voters, etc were characterized as nothing more than jealous, bitter irrational woman-haters that wanted to see Hillary burn for no reason other emotion.
The questionable actions of the clinton foundation, Hillary's image of corruption and her previous questionable judgement that steered voters away from her, was apparently too trivial to mention. When mentioned, it is couched as based in utter misogyny and irrational hatred.
Reading this book, you'd think that the half of the nation that didnt vote for her, simply refrained because she was a woman. You'd think she was campaigning in Saudi Arabia or something.
The book begins with the perspective that Hillary lost to Obama years ago as a result of bad campaign staff, something she was determined to change in the 2016 election.
Except nothing changes.
Throughout the book, the overarching theme is the shifting of blame. It's all the staffer's fault, the incompetent aides, those horrible reporters. It constantly emphasizes the narrative that Hillary was too seasoned, too experienced, too smart to win.
If a seasoned career politician loses to a TV personality with no political experience, maybe it's not the staff, or the aides, or the interns. Maybe it's the candidate.....
It's an interesting book. But it is missing the critical self-examination that we as progressives should be looking to.
Was it really, Russia, or Wikileaks, or Misogyny?.....Or maybe it's Her.
This book didn't tell me much that I didn't already know. Also, there is a definite liberal bias to the story as reported in this book.
One point worth making is that the narrator, when quoting Hilary Clinton, sounds eerily just like her. That, of course, is not necessarily a good thing.
I looked forward to reading this book and discovering the dynamics of the of Hillary Clinton campaign. I was quite disappointed. Much of analysis struck me as superficial, even though the authors managed to quote a lot of people. Something didn’t quite ring true. But since I listened to, rather than read, this book, I am not quite sure.My biggest difficulty with Shattered was with the reader. She stamped every line with her own snarky personal interpretation and this had to have altered the meaning of the written words in some way. If I listen to a book ready by an author, I know that the way she says something is the way she means it. In this case, I wonder if the authors agree with the interpretation of their chosen reader.In the end, I believe this is a book better read than listened to.
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