As a young girl, Hillary Diane Rodham's parents told her she could be whatever she wanted--as long as she was willing to work for it. Hillary took those words and ran. In a life on the front row of modern American history, she has always stood out--whether she was a teen campaigning for the 1964 Republican presidential candidate, winning recognition in Life magazine for her pointed words as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College, or working on the Richard Nixon impeachment case as a newly minted lawyer.
For all her accomplishments, scrutiny and scandal have followed this complex woman since she stepped into the public eye--from her role as First Lady of Arkansas to First Lady of the United States to becoming the first female U.S. senator from New York to U.S. secretary of state. Despite intense criticism, Hillary has remained committed to public service and dedicated to health-care reform, children's issues, and women's rights. Now, she aspires to a bigger role: her nation's first woman president.
In Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History, critically acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal gives us an intimate and unflinching look at the public and personal life of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs and political cartoons, this is a must-have biography about a woman who has fascinated--and divided--the public, who continues to push boundaries, and who isn't afraid to reach for one more goal.
"After decades in the public eye, Hillary Rodham Clinton is still an enigma, as Blumenthal (Tommy: The Gun That Changed America) emphasizes in this compelling portrait of the former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State's journey from budding activist to presidential aspirant." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
After decades in the public eye, Hillary Rodham Clinton is still an enigma, as Blumenthal (Tommy: The Gun That Changed America) emphasizes in this compelling portrait of the former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State's journey from budding activist to presidential aspirant. Ticketed from an early age for great things her college commencement speech was covered by Life magazine she baffled mentors by joining then-boyfriend Bill in Arkansas, rather than pursuing her own high-profile career. Blumenthal hits the highlights becoming First Lady of Arkansas and then the nation, winning a Senate seat, joining Obama's cabinet and the lowlights, including Whitewater, Bill's infidelity, and the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi. The most engrossing chapters give context to Hillary's choice to marry her fate with Bill's, and chronicle the tense weeks leading to the assassination of Osama bin Laden while she headed the State Department, yet the sense that Clinton still struggles with being a public figure dominates. B&w photographs and political cartoons appear throughout. Ages 12 up.