Hillary's Choice

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Ballantine Books, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 426 pages
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Why does she stay with him? Where does she go from here? The author who revealed a generation's Passages now answers all the questions about the most talked-about First Lady in American history. In Hillary's Choice, Hillary Clinton is rendered fully human for the first time. Here is the life of a woman that is also the story of a marriage--and the drama of a presidency.

From her childhood with a demanding father and frustrated mother to her life as a professional wife determined to elect her husband president . . . from the sexual betrayals that nearly broke her to the national scandal that remade her . . . this is the epic journey of a modern American woman, a saga that begins in passivity, moves through self-punishment, and ends in power.

Who was the one "other woman" who posed a serious threat to their marriage? What was the real reason for the health care failure? How did Hillary escape the snare of Kenneth Starr? How has she managed, through it all, to be a good mother? No matter what her future, the mysteries about Hillary Clinton's past have been fully resolved by Hillary's Choice, a stunning achievement from a master chronicler of our times.

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Reading this book gave me an inside view of Bill & Hillary's childhood and college years, and certainly the presidency. I can't help but feel that some of the history was conjecture and speculation (don't try and tell me that the nurse who helped deliver Bill Clinton remembers the birth). But try as she might, Sheehy doesn't really tell us how Hillary dealt with Bill during the Monica saga - probably because she hasn't been able to do what a real biographer needs to do - find out the truth from the source. Hillary won't talk about it, and therefore Sheehy can't write about it. If you're looking for an inside view of Hillary, this isn't the book. If you're looking for some background information on who Bill and Hillary are, this might be the book for you. 

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User Review  - Terri - Goodreads

I bought this book years ago when I picked up a bunch of books by Gail Sheehy. I love her writing and knew it would be a good read. Written in 1999, it tells the story of Hillary's life up until the ... Read full review


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Millions of readers defined their lives through Gail Sheehy's landmark work, Passages, and have followed her continuing examination of the stages of adult life in her bestsellers The Silent Passage, New Passages, and Understanding Men's Passages. As a political journalist and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Ms. Sheehy has written character studies of national and world figures, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Bob and Elizabeth Dole, George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein, Newt Gingrich, and Gary Hart. The mother of two daughters, she divides her time between New York and California, where she lives with her husband, editor and educator Clay Felker.

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