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I've noticed the reviews seem to be "Love It" or "Hate It" on this one, they are split along ideological lines, and probably decided by most reviewers before even cracking the cover. It really comes down to deciding which side's lies you choose to believe, or if you choose to have an open mind and try to put perspective on the bigger picture.
So here's my attempt, trying to minimize ideology: It started slow, getting through the first hour or so was a drag - background bio data that was very dry. One person that I know who tried reading the book didn't get past this. It does get better, and becomes more interesting, however.
One has to keep in mind the perspective of the author, and the desire to show herself and the Clinton Administration in a positive light. As in any memoir, of course she will accentuate the positive and diminish the negative - she's not done with politics, after all. The spin is expected, and so with that in mind, it offers a somewhat plausible history of what happened in the White House during those years.
Do I believe everything? Perhaps not. But perhaps I believe more than I don't, and can see the tough choices that were made, the tough spots they were put in, and the mistakes that were made in the perspective of the people living through them. And most of it seems a lot more plausible than what has been attributed to them by the opposition.
While it was interesting to hear it read by the author, most of the reading was somewhat impassive. You could tell it was read by a politician, so even was the tone.
All that said, I'm glad I listened. Should it be the only perspective of the Clinton Administration you read? Probably not, but it will give you a bit of the human side of the equation.
So, which side's lies do you choose to believe? If you know the answer already, you probably won't get that much from this one.
56 of 60 people found this review helpful
Beyond the media and scandal,this autobiography is a nice re-introduction to our senator and former first lady.
Living History portrays Hillary Clinton is an active philanthropist and defender of children's rights. It also reveals the makings of her tough, determined personality, starting with her modest beginning in the midwest. The stories of Hillary and Bill's courtship were also very interesting.
While this book hasn't influenced my choice for the 2008 elections, it proved how much Hillary has done, and how little I knew about her.
This book is worth a listen.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
I'm not generally one for non-fiction, and don't recall reading an autobiography before. Maybe it is the audio format, or maybe this is just a great read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a engaging read, from Hillary's formative years through her 8 intense years in the White House to her election to the US Senate.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Leaves you wanting more - a great snapshot of her time in the white house and the moments that defined her and Bill's Presidency...
This book is one of the most amazing displays of resilience in a person that I've ever read. I didn't know much about Hilary before but I was so impressed by ability to just keep trying even in the face of her mistakes and husbands infidelity. Every setback just seems to strengthen her resolve and her grit is admirable. I will turn to this book again and again in times of hardship. Well done!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
personal insights. worth reading. took me there with her. amazing woman. champion for young women.