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Shattered Audiobook

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Jonathan Burg Brooklyn, NY, US 04-23-17
    Jonathan Burg Brooklyn, NY, US 04-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "disappointing reading"

    I would have loved this book. The slow, mechanical reader completely ruined this for me. I'm a regular political junkie, but this was just unlistenable.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret A. Schuler 04-24-17

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    "Better read than heard"
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    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.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Tommie F. Brown 04-23-17
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    "Disappointed"

    It didn't really measure up to the "insider information" as touted. The story seemed to follow what was out there as public knowledge.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Arthur Houston, TX 04-28-17
    Christopher Arthur Houston, TX 04-28-17 Member Since 2016

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    "It's no "Game Change""
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it had some real insight into the campaigns.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes again?

    Probably not.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shattered?

    The authors are clearly Hillary supporters and their partisanship ruins the book unless you are a Hillary fanboy. I would cut out the blatant bias and cheap shots when describing The Hillary's primary opponents and Republican adversaries, which ruins the objectivity of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's no "Game Change", the behind the scenes book on the 2008 election.<br/><br/>

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan R Horka 04-23-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Good tick-tock of the campaign chronology and events - told from Democrats perspective"

    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.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    R. Squyres California 04-22-17
    R. Squyres California 04-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Kept At Arms Length From Hillary"
    What made the experience of listening to Shattered the most enjoyable?

    The reader is very clear. I was able to listen at increased speed and get every word. The book itself is well paced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inside view of the Clinton Campaign.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish some of the comments in the conclusion had been made at the beginning of the book. In particular, the explanation of how the authors knew what people were thinking. Often Shattered includes statements about what Clinton or Obama thought. "Humm, how did they get in their head," I would wonder. That is explained.<br/><br/>The book works to show Clinton from many angles, but paints Republicans with one wide brush. <br/><br/>In many instances the book does not really take us behind the scenes as much as we'd like. It doesn't keep us close to Clinton, it keeps moving to campaign staff. We get very very familiar with the people working for Hillary, but are often kept at arms length from the main character. <br/><br/>What exactly happened on election night? According to Shattered, all was calm and collect on Hillary's end. A few calls from the President, a thoughtful night on how to step aside gracefully. No explosions. And maybe that's how it was. But it again gives the reader a feeling that they aren't being shown everything.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    wally 04-22-17
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    "Nothing really new"

    Probably less than even that. Weak. Nothing but sound bites eternal. Save your money and time.

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    Adam Khosravi 04-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A sycophants account"

    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.

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    Julie 04-20-17
    Julie 04-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hillary's blessing?"

    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.

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    Kevin Tamari 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hillary was too smart to win: A book of excuses"

    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.



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    "To lose an election to Trump takes some doing"

    If you're looking for a politically neutral narrative then you won't find it here.

    Too hagiographic at times, the book gives too much importance to the Comey letter as the main reason for her loss, but two days before the election Comey cleared her again which should resulted in a late surge. Earlier she had struggled against an improbabile Bernie Sanders..in a country with a female majority more white women -like herself voted for Trump so the misogyny excuse doesn't make sense either

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  • Tommy
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    "Compelling and entertaining"

    The inside story of the struggles and dramatic collapse of Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential election campaign makes for a compelling and entertaining listen.

    The book was compiled largely from off-the-record insider testimony, which means that much of it is unverifiable, but on the whole it comes across as credible and plausible.

    I felt though that the authors glossed over the issue of Hillary's apparent toxicity within her own party during the protracted primary season and within the wider electorate in November.

    Doug Wead in "Game of Thorns" convincingly attributes this to the scandals that dogged her husband's career in local and national politics.

    "Shattered" would have benefitted from its own analysis of these issues and the extent to which they ruined Clinton's dream of a return to the White House.

    The book's conclusion is marred somewhat by the authors' acceptance at face value of Clinton's dubious "The Russians hacked the election" excuse for her loss, despite its complete absence as an issue during the campaign itself.

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  • Anonymous
    5/19/17
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    "Can't stop listening!"

    Am totally gripped, such an interesting tale of twists and turns. Strongly recommend. Loving it.

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  • Jack
    5/15/17
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    "If you're a political nerd, you'll like this book."

    However, whilst I consider politics a big interest of mine, this book was too detailed in some areas.

    It needed to frame Trump, and why he won, better.

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  • G. Raney
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    4/20/17
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    "Book should have been called POOR BRAVE HILLARY"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The only people who will enjoy this book are those who are 100% for Hillary and the Democratic Party as it stands today. Anyone else who is looking for a well researched, open minded , unbiased, even handed book might as well forget it.


    Has Shattered put you off other books in this genre?

    No, but I will be researching the authors more closely before buying another one.


    Have you listened to any of Kimberly Farr’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not and she did fine. The problem was not the reader.


    What character would you cut from Shattered?

    Can't cut any characters


    Any additional comments?

    I knew this was a Hillary apology book by page four or so, but managed to get through it. The authors either have no idea how to research, how to interpret what they learn, or they just don't want to. To say they are biased is an understatement. From all the hype I was expecting an even handed handling of the subject and found that not to be the case. Some big events like Bill Clinton's impeachment are glossed over and almost trivialized ........Hint to the authors.... No, Bill was not impeached for having extra marital sex, he was impeached for lying under oath and obstruction of justice. I think it had something to do with him being accused of sexual harassment or something not very nice, that I know Hillary has said was bad bad bad when others were accused of it. The email debacle is glossed over. Neither author bothered to really look into it or question the fact that Hillary got away with something that any lower level civil servant would have been fired, prosecuted and fined for. Their lives would have been destroyed. And on and on it goes with glossing over events that are easily researched if the authors were serious. America is still misogynist because it didn't elect Hillary. The fact that she is not trusted, even by liberals like Camille Paglia, is not a problem or even delved into. The authors also overuse the standard description of anyone who is not pro Hillary like misogynist, racist, non college educated, bigot...blah blah blah......... Hillary's faults are not looked into very deeply. She is misunderstood, tired, not feeling well and her team was not always up to the job. Hillary's biggest fault is that she cares too much! But then anyone who is truly trying to write a non biased even handed book might have delved into some of her real problems and come up with the conclusion that just maybe Hillary had too much history and baggage to win the election. The Democrats picked the wrong woman.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful

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