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.