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Review: HRC

June 12, 2014


After losing the Democratic Presidential Primary in 2008 to Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton agreed to be his Secretary of State.  HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton recaps her tenure in that office.

I decided to read HRC by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes because I enjoy reading about strong women and really admire the way Clinton handled her defeat in the primary.   There aren’t too many people willing to put their personal ambitions aside to serve their country and it seemed she was doing just that when she agreed to serve as Secretary of State.  I followed her time in office sporadically so I looked forward to reading about it more in depth.

HRC started off strong for me.  I was fascinated with Clinton and could tell she has faith in this country and its government and respects the Office of President.  She expected her staffers to work hard and she worked even harder, maintaining her sense of humor the whole time.  Things got a little tricky for me partway through the book, though.  I knew Clinton did a terrific job as Secretary of State but Allen and Parnes didn’t mention any criticism of her and, after a while, the book began to feel like the start of her campaign for the 2016 Presidential primary.  I wanted a more balanced view of Clinton’s time in office, so the book was just okay for me.

The audio version of HRC is narrated by Kimberly Farr and she does a terrific job.  The audio is on 13 CDs and lasts approximately 16 hours.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.


21 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2014 7:12 am

    It does sound like a one-sided book intended to boost her image before the elections. I will be giving this one a miss.

  2. June 12, 2014 7:29 am

    There are so many books out about her, it’s hard to know which ones will be balanced!

  3. June 12, 2014 7:45 am

    I’d definitely prefer a more balanced book!

  4. June 12, 2014 8:15 am

    I admire Hillary Clinton, but don’t think I would pick up a political type book to read or listen to. Thanks for your review.

  5. June 12, 2014 10:05 am

    I went to her NYC signing on Tuesday- there were almost 1000 people there and I waited almost six hours in line.

  6. June 12, 2014 10:59 am

    I’m interested in learning more about Hillary, and have been thinking about picking up her latest book. The narrator sounds good from the sample.

  7. June 12, 2014 11:33 am

    You have me curious now Kathy. I also enjoy reading books centered around strong women.

  8. June 12, 2014 11:54 am

    It’s too bad this one wasn’t more balanced as it sounded like it had such promise!

  9. June 12, 2014 1:23 pm

    Thanks for your honest review. I admire HRC, but I’m not sure I’d read or listen to this one.

  10. Patty permalink
    June 12, 2014 3:44 pm

    Oh my…memoir…not my choice genre! Lol…but I always appreciate your thoughts!

  11. June 12, 2014 6:14 pm

    I think she has led a very interesting like but I wouldn’t like it either if it turned into a political campaign. Nope. Not at all.

  12. June 12, 2014 7:02 pm

    I’m with you. I would like some balance in this book. Looks like this one would be a disappointment.

  13. June 12, 2014 7:08 pm

    I read the first biography she wrote herself, and I plan on reading the one that just came out. I tend to ignore the books written by other people about people who are still alive.

  14. June 12, 2014 7:49 pm

    I’d like to listen to this one – I did enjoy Bill and Hillary’s earlier books.

  15. June 12, 2014 9:42 pm

    are you going to read Hilary’s latest book? I’m anxious to see what SHE says about her time as Secretary of State. and with what is happening in Iraq just today I wonder if she will touch on that while doing her book promo around all the tv news outlets. Very interesting. Glad you shared about this one!

  16. June 12, 2014 11:21 pm

    I’m planning to read Hillary’s new book she wrote. I know she’s very aware of all the controversy with decisions she made, I believe she will address them. Hope so.

  17. June 13, 2014 2:31 am

    I saw her new book at the store earlier, but didn’t read the blurb. HRC doesn’t sound like one I’d enjoy.

  18. June 13, 2014 6:57 am

    That tends to be the problem with these types of books…they are often one-sided

  19. Beth F permalink
    June 13, 2014 7:26 am

    Shoot. I agree about wanting a balanced view when I read nonfiction — especially biography

  20. swright9 permalink
    June 13, 2014 12:35 pm

    I’m a bit interested in reading HRC’s new memoir that’s just out. Just to hear her ideas and what happened while Sec of State. hmm

  21. June 13, 2014 10:07 pm

    I admire Clinton, but it’s too bad that the book wasn’t balanced. If there is a book about a politician that doesn’t address the good and the bad then it isn’t accurate!

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