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Carl Bernstein's stunning portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton shows us, as nothing else has, the true trajectory of her life and career, with its zigzag bursts of risks taken and safety sought. Marshaling all the skills and energy that propelled his history-making Pulitzer Prize reporting on Watergate, Bernstein gives us the most detailed, sophisticated, comprehensive, and revealing account we have had of the complex human being and political meteor who has already helped define one presidency and may well become, herself, the woman in charge of another.

Bernstein clarifies the often amazing dynamic of her marriage to Bill Clinton, shows us the extent to which Hillary has been instrumental in the triumphs and troubles of his governorship and presidency, and sheds light on her own political brilliance and her blind spots, especially her suspicion and mishandling of the press, and her overt hostility to the opposition that clouded her entry into the capital.

In the emotional and political chaos of the Lewinsky affair, we see Hillary, despite her immense hurt and anger, standing by her husband, evoking a rising wave of sympathy from a public previously cool to her. It helps carry her into the Senate, where she applies the political lessons she has learned. It is now her time. As she decides to run for president, with her husband now her valued aide, she has one more chance to fulfill her ambition for herself: to change the world.

This book enables us, at last, to address the questions Americans are insistently, even obsessively, asking about Hillary Clinton: What is her character? What is her political philosophy? Who is she? What can we expect of her?

©2007 Carl Bernstein; (P)2007 Books on Tape

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  • Katherine
  • ROUND ROCK, TX, United States
  • 07-20-07

in depth and well-written

Insightful and beautifully, elegantly written. (I wish Carl Bernstein would write more books.) Not all books are written for the ear, but this one is. The book covers an awful lot of ground, but it didn't lose me once. The narrator's voice is soothing and even, very listenable.

If you're looking for a glowing and favorable portrait of Hillary, this might not be it. On the other hand, if you're looking for Hillary bashing, this isn't it either. Bernstein paints her fairly and clearly as the remarkable, though imperfect, woman that she is.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Lincoln, NE, USA
  • 07-19-07

Fair and balanced - for real!

Carl Bernstein's biography of Senator Clinton presents something that no other biography of her has done before - a completely balanced and unbiased look at her life. It is neither pro nor con - but, rather, a extremely well written and captivating story about the most fascinating woman in American politics today.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Vikki
  • WICHITA, KS, United States
  • 06-23-07

I really liked this..

I learned a lot about Senator Clinton from this read. I bought it thinking it would shine some light on her and for how I would vote when she makes it run for president. I didn't want to vote for her just because this country needs a woman as president but because I think she could handle it. This book led me to research more on her and her political aspirations. This book showed both sides of Hillary Clinton and I enjoyed it immensely.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Hillary & Bill, the good the bad and the ugly

This book walked me through Bill & Hillary's difficult years of their lives in Washington. I feel like I know what motivates both of them much better. Their intelligence & work ethic to make life better for all of us is heroic. Their weaknesses are those of mortals. I now know more about both of them worts and all. I'm very glad I read this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Interesting, Enlightening---if it's true

What made the experience of listening to A Woman in Charge the most enjoyable?

Quite an account of her life, thoughts and actions. I'm always a bit wary of these biography type books. How accurate and real are they. But, even if only some is true, it is quite interesting all the things that we thought we knew but really didn't know at all. Hillary R Clinton is a remarkable woman who has made good and bad decisions. It was worth the read...if you are interested.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Woman in Charge?

when her old friend that she had sort of abandoned, in my opinion, committed suicide.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NO! Way too much to take in.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The woman

I really loved this book. I think she is really under rated. It made me see what type of background she came from and the live and loves she had with Bill. This is by far one of my top 10 books..

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not about Hillary, really.

Bernstein does an incredible job of documenting Clinton, Bill Clinton that is.
Largely all this book does is given Hilary's reaction to whatever Bill screwed up.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Focuses on Hilary's failures as a first lady

Would you try another book from Carl Bernstein and/or Dick Rodstein?

I thought I was getting an in-depth study of every period of hilary's life, and although the book does try to do that by devoting a chapter to periods like childhood, college, and etc, half of it was spent on her time as the first lady. The narrative was great though, but I probably wouldn't have bought the book.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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More about Bill, White Water, and Monica than Hillary

This book wasn't exactly what I expected. I throughly enjoyed the first few hours when the author spoke primarily about Hillary's upbringing and her high school through law school years. The Arkansas years were also pretty interesting, but after the Clinton's made it to the White House in 1992, the author seemed consumed with primarily talking about the White Water investigation and then the Monica Lewinsky scandal and barely touched on Hillary's time a senator before her 2008 campaign. Not exactly what I expected and couldn't decide if I wanted to give it a 3 or a 4 star.

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solid but missing specifics I was most interested

A seemingly unbiased book about HRC with ample detail and yet light on detail where I wanted it most.