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In June of 2008, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s political career appeared to be on the decline. Once a seemingly sure thing, her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination suffered a surprising defeat at the hands of a relevant newcomer whose promise of change would eclipse decades worth of Clintonian experience. The return of Hillary Clinton marks one of the great political comebacks in history; a journey chronicled in Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.
Jonathan Allen who covers the White House and the 2016 presidential campaign for Bloomberg News, and Amie Parnes, the White House correspondent for The Hill, combine their extensive reporting and over two hundred interviews with Clinton’s friends—and foes—to offer students a unique look at a master strategist at work. In HRC, Allen and Parnes follow Clinton from her 2008 primary defeat through the year following her departure from Obama’s cabinet. They explore the most intense and pivotal moments of her tenure at The State Department—the war in Libya, the capture of Osama Bin Laden, and the terrible events in Benghazi—for an unprecedented perspective on Clinton’s greatest successes, challenges, and stumbles. HRC also explores her friendships and alliances with such figures as Robert Gates, David Petraeus, Leon Panetta, Joe Biden, and John McCain and shows how she utilized these connections in her work to re-build America’s credibility—all with an eye cast towards a potential 2016 presidential run.
Allen and Parnes paint an expertly nuanced, multidimensional portrait of one of the most influential political figures of our era—the woman who may be the next president.
"[HRC] provides useful context and intelligent analysis, and a highly readable account of her tenure at Foggy Bottom ... Its narrative is pumped full of colorful you-are-there details," -- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Deeply reported and ably written ... [is] a revealing window into the le Carré-like layers of intrigue that develop when a celebrity politician who is married to another celebrity politician loses to yet another celebrity politician, and goes on to serve the politician who defeated her," -- Liza Mundy, The Washington Post
"It's no easy feat to wring page-turning narrative juice from four years of state craft, but Allen and Parnes have relied on 200 sources … to get them the gossipy goods," -- Rebecca Traister, The Los Angeles Times
"...their most persuasive accomplishment is to show, backed by impressive detail, the ways in which Clinton never really abandoned domestic politics," -- Jodi Kantor, The New York Times Sunday Book Review