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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.
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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.
29 of 32 people found this review helpful
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
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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What would have made Shattered better?
The book has some soft criticisms of the Clinton's, the kind you might roll out in a job interview, 'Interviewer - what is a weakness of yours' HRC - 'I am too community minded and gave so much of myself to help others'.
The too long didn't read summation of this book is 'James Comey and white non educated voters cost HRC the election. HRC is amazing'.
What was most disappointing about Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes ’s story?
It glossed over HRC's weaknesses and minimised her involvement in scandal after scandal.
What does Kimberly Farr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Good voice inflection.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
A quizzical understanding of the mindset of American Liberals.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The book was well read. The story is interesting, but it is a bit all over the place. Still interesting.