On My Bookshelf: Community Recs No. 4

Book cover depicting a right-facing profile portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her blond hair is cut short and brushed back from her face as she looks sternly ahead, and is wearing a gray blazer and earrings. White text along the bottom shows the title and author: "A Woman in Charge" by Carl Bernstein.

A Woman in Charge by Carl Bernstein

In A Woman in Charge, Carl Bernstein gives us a portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unique life from her early college years, to Yale Law School where she meets and falls in love with Bill Clinton, to her life in Arkansas, to her role as First Lady, into her decision to run for the U.S. Senate, and now her candidacy for the presidency. In his preparation for A Woman in Charge, Bernstein reexamined everything written about and by Hillary Clinton. He interviewed some two hundred of her colleagues, friends, and enemies and was allowed access to the candid record of the 1992 presidential campaign kept by Hillary’s best friend, Diane Blair. In his main intent and purpose, he gives us a book that enables us, at last, to address the questions Americans are insistently even obsessively asking about Hillary Clinton: What is her character? What is her political philosophy? Who is she? What can we expect in her future?

However, this book may seem too long and may seem to be another liberal persuasive book and bias for Clinton lovers. Overall, Bernstein writes an enlightening book that gives us an amazing glimpse of the dynamics of the Clinton’s marriage, and shows us the extent to which Hillary has been instrumental in the triumphs and troubles of Bill Clinton’s governorship and presidency. Bernstein gives us a detailed, sophisticated, comprehensive, and revealing account of the complex human being and political mentor who has already helped define one presidency and may well become, herself, the woman in charge of another.

About Me

My name is Sabrina B. Fernandez, and I am currently a graduate student at St. Mary’s University. I am an English Literature & Language and Educational Leadership graduate student. I’m originally from Del Rio, Texas, and I enjoy reading books about politics.

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