Joyce Milton offers a meticulously detailed chronicle of Mrs. Clinton's life: her midwestern childhood; her first Washington stint as a legal staffer in the Watergate investigation; her ambiguous dual role in Arkansas as a public interest lawyer and a politician's wife; and her tumultuous White House years as the most controversial First Lady in America's history - and now the most visibly wronged woman in the world.
Milton offers new perspectives on the firestorms that have raged about the First lady, from the healthcare fiasco to Whitewater and Vince Foster's suicide, to her husband's chronic infidelity and the scandals that have threatened the Clinton legacy and, ironically, have cast Hillary Clinton in a new, more sympathetic role. Milton also examines her attempts to reconcile a host of contradictions - feminist convictions in painful collision with family commitment; philosophical beliefs in conflict with harsh political reality; the precarious balance between professional ambition, public image, and private life.
Lively and even-handed, this biography is sure to be required reading - and listening.
A disappointing account which, although well-written and well-narrated, seemed entirely governed by an unspoken theme of presenting anything that could possibly be deemed unflattering or deprecatory, even stooping to criticize Clinton's grooming as a young woman and mentioning that the word "communist" appeared in a research paper authored by her. Even-handed it certainly was not.
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