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For nearly a decade, Amy Chozick chronicled Hillary Clinton's pursuit of the presidency. Chozick's front-row seat, initially at the Wall Street Journal covering Mrs. Clinton's imploding 2008 campaign, and then at the New York Times where she was assigned "The Hillary Beat", set off a years-long journey in which the formative years of her twenties and thirties became, both personally and professionally, intrinsically intertwined to Clinton's presidential ambitions. As Mrs. Clinton tried, and twice failed, to shatter "that highest hardest glass ceiling", Chozick was trying, with various fits and starts, to scale the highest echelons of American journalism.

In a rollicking, hilarious, dishy narrative, Chozick takes us through the high- (and low-) lights of a wildly dramatic presidential race. But Chozick's unique vantage point and candor lift the veil from the story we thought we all knew. Here is the real story of what happened, with the kind of inside detail that constantly surprises and enlightens.

But Chasing Hillary is also the unusually personal and moving story of how Chozick came to understand Clinton not as an unknowable enigma and political animal, but as a complete, complex, person, full of contradictions and forged in the crucible of political battles that had long predated Chozick's years covering her. And as Chozick gets engaged, married, buys an apartment, climbs the professional ladder, and inquires about freezing her eggs so she can have children after the 2016 campaign, she dives deeper into decisions Mrs. Clinton had made at similar points in her early career. In the process, Chozick develops an intimate understanding of what drives Clinton, how she accomplished what no woman had before, and why she ultimately failed. And the social fissures in the electorate that would drive angry voters to Donald Trump and blindside Hillary Clinton, unexpectedly bring out the tensions in Chozick's own life - between the red state she came from and the blue state she ended up in, between her desire to climb in journalism as a woman, but be treated no differently than a man.

Mrs. Clinton's shocking defeat would mark the end of the almost imperial hold she'd had on Chozick for most of her professional life. But the results also make Chozick question everything she'd worked so hard for in the first place. Political journalism had failed. The elite world Chozick had tried for years to fit in with had been rebuffed. The less qualified, bombastic man had triumphed, as they always seemed to do, and Mrs. Clinton had retreated to the woods in Chappaqua, N.Y. finally comfortable enough to just walk, no makeup, no pants suit, showing the real person Chozick had spent years hoping to see. Illuminating, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, Chasing Hillary is a campaign book like never before.

©2018 Amy Chozick (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Gail
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  • 04-30-18

I LOVED it ...

Chozik is fair and funny ... she seems to be a journalist who really just wants to get the story out there. She did not seem to slant anything, she just told what she experienced. The book is very entertaining, and sobering.

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  • 04-25-18

Insightful, gut-wrenching revelation

I read “What Happened” the day after it was released and felt, that while it was an apologia of sorts and an indictment of so many-I was encouraged by the suggestions of what could still be “coulda, woulda, shoulda..”. Amy Chozick has written the chronicle, memoir and story that is funny and gut-wrenching at the same time. She has written her story (Herstory) as well as mine. It’s a must read. Thank you , Amy. With all best wishes to you, the wonderful Bobby, and your baby.

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Insightful, Often Amusing, Always Fascinating

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Amy Chozick reading her book Chasing Hillary. Ms. Chozick does a terrific job balancing personal anecdotes with solid information on how campaigns are covered these days, especially by the New York Times. As a former reporter, I found it fascinating. As a voter, it explained so much that confounded me about the entire campaign and its candidate. (Ms. Chozick is also great at narrating her own story.)
One of the most interesting chunks of the book is Ms. Chozick's analysis/feeling about the way the final days of the campaign were (mis)handled. One anecdote alone - a stop at a Wisconsin Anthropologie store, followed by Ms. Clinton's abandonment of the state - should be taught to all politicos as how *not* to win votes and influence people.
Given the choices in the General Election, I'd vote for Hillary again, but this was a rigged game. I hope the Democrat Party leadership reads - or listens to - books like Ms. Chozick's, and realizes that the American people don't want the Party leadership's and Super Delegates' anointed choice; we progressives want to choose our own. (Yes, I know it can be like herding cats, but sometimes democracy can be messy.)
Democrats like Uncle Joe? Step up. Democrats like "Prince Harry" Reid? Step back.
Well-done, Ms. Chozick. Very well-done.

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EXCELLENT

Even as a Trump supporter, I enjoyed the hell out of this book. I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in presidential campaigns.

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I’m a Trump Supporter

I bought this book, to get a better understanding of WHY anyone would support HRC. I enjoyed it and do feel enlightened. It was also fun to just relive that amazing election year. Thanks Amy

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Great insight into the life of a political reporter

I was sucked in by the title since I continue to be mystified by what happened during the 2016 election. But I found the story of this individual reporter most compelling. Great insight into the life of a reporter and the drive to build a new career. Honestly self-reflective and very funny.

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Too much vulgarity for me!

I would never have purchased this book if I had been informed of the level of vulgarity in it. Ms Chozick is a very skilled writer and this is a personal memoir primarily about her years covering Hilary Clinton’s two runs for the White House. She is certainly entitled to compose this book any way she wants. It’s a very personal story and she is absolutely free to place it in her own voice. But I am among the millions of people who have a visceral negative reaction to crude and vulgar language. If the sales blurb on this Audible book had warned me about the language, I just didn’t see it. I still might have purchased the book even with that knowledge, but it would have been nice to have been able to factor that information into my purchase decision. That’s one reason I’m writing this review - as a warning to others who also find it emotionally difficult to read/hear such vulgar language.

That being said, I found this book to be interesting, revealing, and insightful both as a fan of solid journalism and a student of the political process. I learned much from this book and the author is masterful at bringing the reader along with her on the campaign trail. It’s also a touching personal story about the struggle and the sacrifices, both large and small, that good reporters must be willing to bear in their pursuit of the stories we citizens must rely on to make informed political decisions. Journalism is a messy process and it’s practitioners don’t always get the story right, but they are vital to health of this republic. This author strikes me as one of the “good” ones, both in terms of talent and perspective. From now on, though, I’ll stick to her well crafted stories in the NY Times and forgo her vulgarity laced memoirs.

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A Genuine Look Into HRC's Campaign

This book felt like an honest look at the tremendous effort it took to get HRC elected. Despite coming short of the goal, many lives including the Authors were poured out in trying. Overall, I felt the Authors portrayal was sincerely positive and did not cast HRC in a negative light. It actually endeared me more to HRC and increased my respect for her. The Author too, pays tribute in her personal testimony to the unthinkable sacrifice so many paid in the effort. They should not be forgotten. Well written and narrated!

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Riveting and so well told!

Riveting and so well told! Amy's storytelling is outstanding. Her insightful account of the life after a Journalist makes the book well-rounded and complex.

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A detailed look into a fascinating life regardless of your views on the subject.

I’d recommend this to most news/politics junkies. The title basically gives away the story, but the details and storytelling make it a fun read. I really enjoy hearing the author read the book in her own voice.