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From Donna Brazile, former DNC chair and legendary political operative, an explosive and revealing new look at the 2016 election: the first insider account of the Russian hacking of the DNC and the missteps by the Clinton campaign and Obama administration that enabled a Trump victory.

In the fallout of the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee - and as chaos threatened to consume the party's convention - Democrats turned to a familiar figure to right the ship: Donna Brazile. Known to millions from her frequent TV appearances, she was no stranger to high stakes and dirty opponents, and the longtime Democratic strategist had a reputation in Washington as a one-stop shop for fixing sticky problems.

What Brazile found at the DNC was unlike anything she had experienced before - and much worse than is commonly known. The party was beset by infighting, scandal, and hubris while reeling from a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence the presidential election. Plus, its candidate, Hillary Clinton, faced an opponent who broke every rule in the political playbook.

Packed with never-before-reported revelations about what went down in 2016, Hacks is equal parts campaign thriller, memoir, and road map for the future. With Democrats now in the wilderness after this historic defeat, Hacks argues that staying silent about what went wrong helps no one. Only by laying bare the missteps, miscalculations, and crimes of 2016, Brazile contends, will Americans be able to salvage their democracy.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Donna Brazile (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Brazile completely changed my perspective on the 2016 race.

I cannot recommend this book more highly. I thought I'd figured out, roughly, how the Clinton campaign fell apart, and while I was not wrong, on the whole, Brazile gave me a new, more sympathetic, humanizing view of the players involved. And yes... she slightly softened my negative view of a pol I once supported - Hillary Clinton.

Not only did I appreciate the raw, honest way Brazile wrote her story - it's free of a politician's smooth artifice - but also in the way she told it, in the smooth slow voice my southern relations echo. It is impossible to go on this crazy ride of the last 90 days of the Presidential campaign with Brazile and not feel the gut wrenching emotions of a campaign that never had a completely good day.

The only flaw in this tale, in my view, is Brazile's inability to see her candidate as we saw her, the wider public. She rails about Trump's locker room tape with Billy Bush, for a surprising amount of time, yet either forgets or intentionally omits many awful facts of the Clintons' lives. Brazile forgets that many of us women voters remember the agonizing interview of Juanita Broaddrick as she relived her rape by Bill Clinton, or the heartbreaking interview of the former intern whose life has been ruined by infamy because of his lusts. Brazile also ignores the horrifying FAA records that showed Clinton flying the Lolita Express - even without Secret Service, over two dozen times, to visit an island populated with minors, used as sex slaves. She conveniently forgets the voracious attacks Hillary waged, publicly, against these women, using the power of mainstream media and government agencies like the IRS.

For all of Brazile's gritty honesty, it's as though she can't bear to acknowledge the realities, much uglier than pussy talk, that played out in technicolor and hard print, for too many years, and too often. We all wished we could unknow some of the tragic outcomes of the Clintons' many scandals - sexual exploits and financial frauds - that destroyed countless lives. All of this was directly perpetrated or abetted by Brazile's candidate.

I am disappointed that Brazile was too afraid, too hurt in disappointment, or too partisan to give an honest telling of the full reasons that Trump's transgressions were not 'taken seriously or ignored' by the female electorate. As a woman, Brazile does real victims a serious disservice in name of Party.

But for that blindness to her candidate - and I would not be surprised if she skimmed over history for reasons of self-preservation - this book is as honest, well-presented and written an insider account, as we can realistically hope for from such a controversial, extraordinary campaign.

Despite my criticism of Brazile's glossing past her candidate's history, I gained a great deal of respect for Brazile and I wish her all the best in her private, hopefully quiet, life outside of politics. I pray for her safety and happiness. I only wish she was on the side of the populists and am grateful that Hillary did not have the wisdom to empower Brazile to run her ground game.

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Donna is going to need protection after this....

I use to watch Donna on CNN and listen to her excuses and lies and thought she was a sellout but now I realize I was so wrong. Donna has redeemed herself with this book and her tell all over the entire election process. Donna must have hit her breaking point with the democratic lies and Clinton Cartel that she finally decided to expose some of the lies. I now admire Donna for writing this great read and having the guts to publish these scandals. Donna please get protection because people are now on a mission to destroy your credibility.

If you followed the 2016 election and the news cycle you won't be able to pause this because it revels what was really happening behind the scenes and behind all of the media propaganda.

Donna stay strong and keep telling your story, all your haters can "go to hell!"

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Bleeding Bitter

While the subject at large is interesting, the author bleeds with angry partisan bitterness. There's no olive branch here to those who disagree with Ms. Brazile. In fact, if you don't like her take on the world, she plainly says you can go "F-yourself." All the while complaining that politics has become too divisive.

Not only is she angry, she thinks what we really want to know about is her dogs. Many pages offered on her dogs; their sicknesses and so on. It's already a short book.

Things Ms. Brazile already admitted (namely, giving Hillary Clinton debate questions ahead of time) she takes back in the book; insisting she doesn't have a record of the email and she just can't remember actually sending it.

The book is short on perspective and high on rhetoric.

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  • Kim
  • Fresno, CA, United States
  • 11-10-17

A Conservative's Review

This was a very interesting book! Listening to Brazile describe what was going on in the DNC before, during and after the election gave me a new appreciation for the incredible amount of work that goes into a campaign.

I also came away with the realization that there will never be a (coming together) of the Right and the Left...we are so different in the way we perceive the role of government in our country.

Her hatred of Donald J. Trump is palpable in every sentence she writes about the election or about him and I don't believe the Left will ever put how he ran his campaign behind them. Honestly, I hated the way he ran the campaign also and was a latecomer to the MAGA Trump machine.

In one paragraph Donna says that Trump's done nothing since he's been in office and in truth, he is having a difficult time getting cooperation from the Senate and that worm Mitch McConnell and I believe Trump was as blindsided as we all were when the GOP didn't have a better option to Obamacare...what a bunch of pinheads!

I liked very much that Donna narrated the book herself and I've come to like her and her salty language, I relate. There were parts of this book which drove me crazy but all in all, it was well worth the time.

Thank you Donna...it was a very good "listen".

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One Big Pity Party

I was hoping Ms. Brazile's book would shed an objective light on the 2016 election. It read more as a "woe is me" tome full of contradictions.
She states that the DNC under Debbie Wasserman-Shultz was in the bag for Hillary but gives the impression that Bernie Sanders and his supporters were ok with it.
Watching Bernie's speeches where he nearly splits his spleen over the duplicity gave me an entirely different take.

Her dislike of Trump runs throughout the book, basically calling him despicable and his treatment of women shameful. Fair enough.

But then she states that she has never been around another man as disrespectful of women as Trump.
And yet she was one of the people in charge of Bill Clinton's "bimbo eruptions.

She runs hot and cold on Hillary. She tends to hold Hillary's inner circle accountable but gives a free pass to Mrs. Clinton.

Early in the book she states that President Obama management bankrupted the Democratic Party but later sings his praises.

This is just a small sampling of her hypocrisy and double standards.

Then there is the Russians and wiki-leaks. Reminded me of PIerre Salinger of JFK and Bobby Kennedy fame who became famous later in life for some interesting conspiracy theories.

Ms. Brasile was sure the Russians hacked the DNC and caused Hillary's loss without providing any evidence. Judging by her writings her paranoia seemed to take over her whole life.

She sounds the warning about internet security and how important it was to make sure the Democrat's computers were secure and private but seems tone deaf to the irony that Candidate Clinton sent and received classified and top secret mat rial over an unsecured server.

All in all a very uneven book.

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  • James
  • Draper, UT, United States
  • 12-03-17

Disappointing- Could have been substantive

Donna Brazile is very intelligent and capable. She stood as a participant-witness to one of history’s most significant elections. But in the end, this story offers little new insight and that’s why it is so disappointing.

DB focused more on personal drivel than objective substance. If she had removed three things from the narrative, the book would have been a pamphlet:

* Eating and drinking habits of associates under stress
* Gender and race conflicts
* Overuse of profanity

Be that as it may, one important thing she confirmed was the mismanagement of the DNC.

“As I saw it, these three titanic egos—Barack, Hillary and Debbie—had stripped the party to a shell for their own purposes.”

The mismanagement of the DNC includes failure to manage information and information systems.

DB skims over providing debate questions to HRC and in doing so she issues a non-statement statement and non-apology apology. A big nothing.

She also offers only fluff and superficiality over the mysterious death of Seth Richards. An other big nothing.

It also appears she didn’t understand the complexities and potential ramifications of WikiLeaks revelations. Specifically she didn’t understand how it would be seen by voters who are not ideologues, meaning voters who could be persuaded by rational argument. Another nothing.

Finally, it was difficult for me to understand Ms Brazile because of her thick regional dialect

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  • J. Hudson
  • Marietta, Georgia United States
  • 11-17-17

I was disappointed

First let's understand me: I'm almost seventy, from the South, and I vote Republican more than I vote Democratic. And I'm sick and tired of the leadership of both parties. Especially the political leadership. I have been to a few events where Ms. Brazile was the primary speaker and found her to be very intelligent, very honest and some times convincing. She is one of the few bright spots in the 'leadership' of that party. And I hoped that her book would detail more of the problems within the party that have become apparent since before the last presidential election. The book didn't. It blames the Russians, the Republicans and the isolated Clinton team. It does not really mention the many problems caused by the candidate's inability to follow the suggestions of the party. We are in a period reminiscent of the 1840's when both major parties, the Wigs and the Democratic-Republicans, failed to adjust and were relegated to history. It looks like we are in a similar period of our historical cycle now. I had hoped that Ms. Brazile's book would have given insights into how to manage this changes, but she chose to spend her time defending her decisions. How disappointing.

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Refreshing candor in an age of spin

There is a hunger in the nation for truth. Make no mistake - Ms. Brazile remains a loyal Democrat. Her reflections on the 2016 election leaves the listener with no doubt that she worked hard to elect Ms. Clinton. She had a front row seat in a campaign plagued by an inability to understand why Ms. Clinton and Mr. Kaine failed to resonate with the mood of the nation. Ms. Brazile does not pretend to have all of the answers, but she has the courage to admit the Clinton Campaign made mistakes. Great listen.

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Wow. Amazing Revelations!!

Great book that details the behind the scenes actions that they don't talk about on mainstream media. Very informative about the issues and corruptions surrounding the whole campaign. This is definitely a must read or listen book because it will open the eyes of many people on how shady some of these people really are. An amazing author that has a lot of guts for bringing this book forward. Confirms and clarifies the many suspicious activities I have already heard about.

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Wanted to hear her side of the story

I wanted to hear her view of the election which is why I forced myself to listen to the entire audio book. Did not realize as a Christian she could have such a gutter mouth. Hearing her say those things out loud gave me a different perspective of her and her view of the election.

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  • ABC
  • 11-12-17

Russians Russians Russians etc

Blimey this goes on a bit about the Russians - they lost Hillary the election you know! (Nothing about her being a useless candidate, it was the Russians that did it). When she’s not talking at huge length about conspiracy theories there is nothing new here. Did I mention the Russians?

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  • John Doe
  • 11-15-17

Donna Brazile - I love Delores

I have been interested in how the US elected Trump and what went wrong at the DNC. The sound bites and headlines about this book do it a disservice because it is a more rounded and intriguing personal insight into what went wrong in the DNC and how a foreign power undermined US democracy with Trump as the consequence of a rotting system. I loved Donna Brazile’s honesty and unique perspective. I hope she never loses Delores. A must read for any Democrat and anyone interested in what happens if a enemy power infiltrates your democracy.