Hillary Rodham Clinton came of age during a time of tumultuous social and political change in America. Like many women of her generation, she grew up with choices and opportunities unknown to her mother of grandmother. She charted her own course through unexplored terrain - responding to the changing times and her own internal compass - and became an emblem for some and a lightning rod for others. Wife, mother, lawyer, advocate, and international icon, she has lived through America's great political wars, from Watergate to Whitewater.
The only First Lady to play a major role in shaping domestic legislation, Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled tirelessly around the country to champion health care, expand economic and educational opportunity and promote the needs of children and families, and she criss-crossed the globe on behalf of women's rights, human rights and democracy. She redefined the position of First Lady, and helped save the presidency from an unconstitutional, politically motivated impeachment. Intimate, powerful and inspiring, Living History captures the essence of one of the most remarkable women of our time and the challenging process by which she came to define herself and find her own voice - as a woman and as a formidable figure in American politics.
Ce que les auditeurs disent de Living History
Love It or Hate It
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.
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First Lady to Senator
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.
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I was looking forward to reading this book. I listened to it on the iPod and it was read by the author. In this case, I think that hearing the author's voice read the text made it even more meaningful. I give her a lot of credit for talking frankly about the difficult events that unfolded with her husband late in his presidency. It was interesting to hear her point of view.
I am not sure I would read this again. It was interesting to hear once, but it felt a bit like Mrs. Clinton was playing the role of apologist for the regime. I think Clinton did a lot of good things in his term and it was certainly a prosperous and meaningful time for the country. But there were so many attacks and dirty politics that I would not want to hear about again. It was a good read...but once was enough.
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This book shows that Hillary has always been an intellectual and independent person who stands up for what she believes in. Unfortunately, many men find that threatening; hence, the nasty reviews by people that probably did not listen to her book. It is amazing how the far right-wing propaganda machine has managed brainwash so many people in to believing that Hillary and Bill are bad or evil people because she stands up for what she believes in and tries to help people when the true crooks are in office taking bribes, trips and other gratuities from the K Street lobbyists.
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Good listen and a good read
I read another person's criticism about her narration speed being "too slow", but I prefer the narrator to speak slowly than to speak fast in an audio book. Her speed was not bad, she spoke very clearly and I didn't miss a word. I loved her stories about her family, and about her relationship with Chelsea. Her struggles with her husband's infidelity made her more 'human' and believable. I almost felt like I knew her by the end of the audio book, which I didn't get in the book itself. The only thing missing was the photos, but you can always look at them at the bookstore...
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Who wrote all of those one-star reviews, Ken Starr?? What a bunch of ax grinders!! This book is one of the best that I have heard since I have been with Audible the past three years.
Hillary Clinton is a very intelligent, educated, well-read and experienced woman who tells it like it is, whether you like it or not. This country needs more people like her on the Hill.
She doesn't pull any punches when she speaks of her strained relationship with Bill after the Lewinski "debacle". She has feelings and compassion, and anger and hurt, just as any person would have. She deals with these emotions and comes out of it as a more complete,loving person, wife, and mother.
I have a feeling that a lot of Clinton detractors have read this book just to get some "dirt" on Bill, and are sorely disappointed with Hillary's continued love and devotion for her husband. Well, so be it.
Senator Clinton has my respect and kudo's for a book well written, and well read. Contrary to those "one-star" reviews, she is not emotionless, and reads with a cheery (when called for),amiable voice.
It was good to hear about a few of the incidents that were not made clear during the Clinton Presidency, because of all the scandal propaganda at the time. I give this book an unofficial 6 stars.
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Dare To Read - She Will Dare To Compete in 2008
My overall impression of the book is quite good. Senator Clinton opens with a summary of her life as Hillary Rodham from childhood through college. How she met, fell in love with and eventually married Bill is covered in detail. The heart of the story deals with her 8 years as first lady. Hearing about those times, so recent in our collective memory, from someone "inside the eye of the storm" is very interesting.
One of the best parts of the story dealing with the early days of the Clinton presidency is Senator Clinton's discussion of the heatlhcare debacle. Her admission that they tried for too much too fast was open and honest. Her incredibly complex over governed plan for healthcare initially turned me off on the first lady and my opinion of her over the rest of her husband's presidency remained mostly neutral to negative because of it.
Senator Clinton goes on to frankly discuss the very difficult days during the presidents ultimate admission of his improper, adulterous relationship with Monica Lewinsky. This is the part of the book that has probably garnered the bulk of press coverage to date.
What I find very interesting and telling is the story between the above events and a key phrase from the close of the book. Senator Clinton highlights her many state visits and meetings with world leaders. She exhibits a competent knowledge and experience with a multitude of foreign heads of state and their cultures. She closes the book with her discussion of an event called "Dare to Compete", an HBO special about female athletes, which she says inspired her to run for the senate seat from New York she later won and currently holds.
This book is well read by the Senator. The only problem for me were the long pauses that made me check to see if the batteries on my Rio 800 had died.
I dare you to put aside your political prejudices and read this book. With a 2008 presidential bid likely, reading <U>Living History</U> is advised by this reviewer.
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My only complaint -
- is that this version of the book has been (apparently) greatly shortened from the full memoir.
I started listening with a fair amount of skepticism; Although I'm a democrat, I suppose I had the same perception of Hillary Clinton that so many others have - a woman who stayed in a marriage for political expediency - a woman with darker motives hidden by a sunny disposition - Lady Macbeth...
Having listened carefully to the whole book - can a single person who gave it one star say that? - I came away with a very different feeling about the woman.
There's something about hearing her tell the story in her own voice which will sway you - or it won't. But it's definitely worth the listen. Honestly. Give it a shot.
P.S. There seems to be a running complaint from the conservative reactionary subscribers implying that this book is Hillary Clinton's way of clearing the decks for a 2008 presidential run. If so - who cares? It's intelligent, well-written and thoughtfully performed.
P.P.S. I considered giving this book 5 stars to help counterbalance the 1 star given by those who didn't listen but merely hate the Clintons - but I wanted this to be 'fair and balanced' - and above all - AN HONEST EVALUATION OF THE MATERIAL, NOT AN EXPRESSION OF MY POLITICAL BELIEFS.
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Good Bio--helps bring balance to our view of her.
Up close and personal, as honest as any successful politician can be. Less spin than I had expected, far less than in the screeds of those who hate her and her husband.
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Before read this book, I expected the deep insight of our history and future from the experience of first lady. However, it was simply disappinting to me.
This book is all about advertisement of Clinton family.
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For anyone with an interest in politics, this book is a must read or better a must listen. Partisanship aside, Hillary's account of her scandal-filled White House years is very interesting. Whether or not Hillary lied in writing her book is up to you as a reader to decide, not for me to enforce my political views through a book review.
However, Hillary Clinton gives a very detailed account of her years spent in Washington and those beforehand. Ms. Clinton seems to have been in the right place at the right time for most of the beginning of her life. She grew up in an important generation where the times were changing for women. Hillary takes the gloves off and lets her guard down in this novel. It is truly moving to read about her anguish while her husband was in office. Her role as First Lady was a 24-hour job. She had to deal with many personal losses as well as fatigue and scandals that plagued the Clinton administration while continuing to do her job and not giving in or giving up. To add to all of that, she was and still is constantly in the public light; this only magnified anything that Hillary experienced.
Hillary Clinton was faced with a challenge to juggle the traditional role of First Lady with a more modern active twist. Whether or not one may agree with Hillary's active role in the Clinton administration, this book should still be read. Decide for yourself the validity of her statements; don't let a book review influence you because of a political affiliation. Hillary wrote a compelling biography and it's great that she tells the story herself.
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Very smart and well articulated
I really enjoyed this book. As a woman myself, it brought me to tears many times, as she described her struggles in the White House facing republicans and her husband infidelity scandal. It was heartbreaking to listen to the many ppl she encounted while traveling overseas visiting different countries. She wanted to better this world especially America by protecting woman and children thru law regulations. I really cried when she talked about a 12 year old girl dying from aids after being sold by her own dad at the age of 8 to a whore house. It's fascinating to listen how Hilary Clinton really used her time at the White House to stand up for woman's and children's rights but also to support her husband. I'm so glad I read this book before elections, I will most definitely vote for her. Hilary you go girl :)
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