For a decade, award-winning New York Times journalist Amy Chozick chronicled Hillary Clinton’s pursuit of the presidency. Chozick’s front-row seat, initially covering Clinton’s imploding 2008 campaign, and then her assignment to 'The Hillary Beat' ahead of the 2016 election, took her to 48 states and set off a nearly 10-years-long journey in which the formative years of her 20s and 30s became - both personally and professionally - intrinsically intertwined to Clinton’s presidential ambitions.
Chozick’s candor and clear-eyed perspective - from her seat on the Hillary bus and reporting from inside the campaign’s Brooklyn headquarters, to her run-ins with Donald J. Trump and her globetrotting with Bill Clinton - provide fresh intrigue and insights into the story we thought we all knew. This is the real story of what happened, with the kind of dishy inside details that repeatedly surprise and enlighten.
But Chasing Hillary is also a rollicking, irreverent, refreshingly honest personal story of how the would-be first woman president looms over Chozick’s life. And as she gets married, attempts to infiltrate the upper echelons of political journalism and inquires about freezing her eggs so she can have children after the 2016 campaign, Chozick dives deeper into decisions Clinton made at similar points in her life.
In the process, Chozick came to see Clinton not as an unknowable enigma and a political animal but as a complex person, full of contradictions and forged in the political battles and media storms that had long predated Chozick’s years of coverage.
Trailing Clinton through all of the highs and lows of the most noxious and wildly dramatic presidential election in American history, Chozick comes to understand what drove Clinton, how she accomplished what no woman had before and why she ultimately failed. Poignant, illuminating, laugh-out-loud funny, Chasing Hillary is a campaign book like never before.
"Amy Chozick has written a breathtaking, page-turning masterpiece that pretends to be about Hillary Clinton’s defiant presidential run. But Chasing Hillary is also - for the brilliant Chozick - a deeply personal story. Wait till you get the gory, insider details of the bloodiest political battle in recent memory. A must read!" (Mary Karr)
"Amy Chozick sweeps us along on a 10-year chase after the most famous and elusive woman in modern politics. At the bittersweet end, she captures Hillary, and America, and the travelling press, and some part of herself." (David Maraniss)
"This insanely readable book manages to bring humor and a fresh inside perspective to the saddest event in history. The details alone are sure to drive Democrats to fisticuffs, or whatever we do when the kale runs out." (Gary Shteyngart)