The First Partner: Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Harper Collins, Nov 16, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages

In 1998, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the most admired woman in America while also becoming the most visibly wronged wife in the world. Standing by her husband, President Bill Clinton, as she and the nation learned the truth behind the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the First Lady assumed two roles--dutiful spouse and passionate defense attorney--which she had played on numerous occasions during the course of their tumultuous yet politically unified relationship.

Now esteemed biographer and journalist Joyce Milton examines this formidable, fascinating woman, giving probing insight into the First Lady's character, her values and her career. In The First Partner, Milton goes behind the scenes at the Clinton White House and explores the First Lady's involvement in Travelgate, Filegate, the Health Care Task Force fiasco and fund-raising for the 1996 presidential campaign, showing how these controversies grew out of the tensions in her political partnership with Bill Clinton. Milton also describes how Mrs. Clinton's defensive reactions to her husband's chronic infidelities have often misfired and have sometimes enabled his bad behavior. She examines the differing psychologies of the President and First Lady, yet shows that when faced with political accusations, they take a similar approach of telling only as much of the truth as is necessary--a reaction that has increasingly gotten them into trouble.

Meticulously reported and researched, The First Partner offers keen new understanding of this complex woman who has infuriated and confounded as many people as she has inspired.


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ONEThe First Victim
TWORugged Individualist
THREEThe Art of the Impossible
FOURThe Yankee Girlfriend
FIVEFirst in Her Firm
SIXSurvival Plan
SEVENA Woman of Many Projects
TWELVEA Box with No Windows
THIRTEENLawyering Up
FOURTEENFrom the White House toYour House
FIFTEENThe China Syndrome
SIXTEENThe Making of an Icon
EPILOGUEThe HalfLife of a First Lady

EIGHTThe Gary Hart Factor
NINEEveryone Has a List
TENThe Transition That Wasnt
ELEVENReclaiming America
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Joyce Milton is the author of Tramp: The Life of Charlie Chaplin and several other books. She is also the coauthor of The Rosenberg File. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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