[Epub] ❧ HRC By Jonathan Allen – Dolove.info
HOLY HELL This book me forever to get though Not because I wasn t enjoying it or that I didn t like it Just so much information So many names Deputy secretary of this or that.assistant deputy secretary of assistant secretary.JEEZ so many people and namesno wonder this country is in debt We have WAY too many people employed From now onno one has an assistant Anyway, it was a fascinating read Very informative and interesting I am a Hilary fan and this book made me an even bigger one It was such an eye opener regarding the fund raising and the backing that goes into any campaign let alone a Presidential one I was intrigued by the amount of loyalty that is given and expected I thought this was a great read Can someone convince me that Hillary Clinton is NOT a Republican She was Raised as a Conservative and actively Campaigned for Republicans in high school and college Hillary was raised in a politically conservative household At age thirteen she helped canvass South Side Chicago following the very close 1960 U.S presidential election Hillary s early political development was shaped most by her high school history teacher like her father, a fervent anticommunist , who introduced her to Goldwater s classic The Conscience of a Conservative Hillary became a Goldwater Girl, volunteering to campaign for Republican candidate Barry Goldwater in the U.S presidential election of 1964 In 1965, Rodham enrolled at Wellesley College, where she majored in political science There, she served as president of the Wellesley Young Republicans, where she supported the elections of Republicans like John Lindsay and Edward Brooke Hillary s professor Alan Schechter assigned Hillary to intern at the House Republican Conference Hillary attended the Wellesley in Washington summer program Hillary was invited by moderate New York Republican Representative Charles Goodell to help Governor Nelson Rockefeller s late entry campaign for the Republican nomination in 1968 Hillary attended the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami as a supporter of Nelson Rockefeller Hillary senior thesis was a critical exploration of the tactics of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky.He professional career revolved around corporate investment Hillary became a savvy business investor and in fact earned a higher salary than that of her husband from 1978 until 1992 She made a spectacular profit from trading cattle futures contracts by investing 1,000 that generated nearly 100,000 when she stopped trading after ten months Hillary incorporated the Whitewater Development Corporation on June 18, 1979, with the purpose of developing vacation properties on 230 acres of land along the White River near Flippin, Arkansas The Clintons lost their late 1970s investment in the Whitewater Development Corporation at the same time, their partners in that investment, Jim and Susan McDougal, operated Madison Guaranty, a savings and loan institution that retained the legal services of Rose Law Firm where Hillary was a partner that was improperly subsidizing Whitewater losses Hillary was a partner at Rose Law Firm while she was First Lady of Arkansas pulling in 200,000 in her final year there She was also very influential in the appointment of state judges and Bill Clinton s Republican opponent in his 1986 gubernatorial reelection campaign accused her of a conflict of interest She was twice named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America in 1988 and in 1991 Hillary held positions on the corporate board of directors of several corporations TCBY 1985 1992 , Wal Mart Stores 1986 1992 and Lafarge 1990 1992 Hillary participated in crafting Wal Mart s famously anti labor union practices.As first Lady, she was the subject of several investigations by the United States Office of the Independent Counsel and several committees of the U.S Congress for her unethical behavior Scrutiny of the May 1993 firings of the White House Travel Office employees, an affair that became known as Travelgate , began with charges that the White House had used audited financial irregularities in the Travel Office operation as an excuse to replace the staff with friends from Arkansas The 2000 final Independent Counsel report concluded she was involved in the firings and that she had made factually false statements During the Whitewater investigation Hillary s work as a partner at Rose Law Firm was scrutinized for a possible conflict of interest in representing the bank before state regulators that her husband had appointed Independent counsels Robert Fiske and Kenneth Starr subpoenaed Clinton s legal billing records she said she did not know where they were, however the records were found in the First Lady s White House book room and delivered to investigators in early 1996 on January 26, 1996, Hillart became the first First Lady to be subpoenaed to testify before a Federal grand jury In June of 1996 discovery of improper White House access to hundreds of FBI background reports on former Republican White House employees were made public Accusations by the Independent Council were that Hillary had requested the files.As a Senator she was unethical in siding with corporate wall street interests In her campaign for Senator, Hillary was labeled a carpetbagging by NY residents since she had never resided in New York nor participated in the state s politics before this race Hillary suddenly found religion and became regular participant in the Senate Prayer Breakfast Still obsessed with corporate profits, Hillary served on the Committee on Budget She voted for the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 and then voted for it Again In 2005, when the act was up for renewal despite the civil liberties concerns with it that liberals had Hillary strongly supported the 2001 U.S military action in Afghanistan Hillary voted in favor of the October 2002 Iraq War Resolution, which authorized President George W Bush to use military force against Iraq In 2005 Hillary introduced legislation to increase the size of the regular United States Army by 80,000 soldiers Along with Senator Joe Lieberman, Hillary introduced the Family Entertainment Protection Act, intended to censor makers of video games Hillary spent 36 million for her reelection, than any other candidate for Senate in the 2006 elections, causing several Democrats to criticize her In the financial crisis of 2007 2008 reached a peak, Hillary supported the bailout of too big to fail financial institution and voted in favor of the 700 Bail out, saying that it represented the interests of the American people.So can someone tell me what the difference between Hillary and a Republican is The Mesmerizing Story Of Hillary Clinton S Political Rebirth, Based On Eyewitness Accounts From Deep Inside Her Inner CircleHillary Clinton S Surprising Defeat In The Democratic Primary Brought Her To The Nadir Of Her Political Career, Vanquished By A Much Younger Opponent Whose Message Of Change And Cutting Edge Tech Team Ran Circles Around Her Stodgy Campaign And Yet, Six Years Later, She Has Reemerged As An Even Powerful And Influential Figure, A Formidable Stateswoman And The Presumed Front Runner For The Democratic Presidential Nomination, Marking One Of The Great Political Comebacks In History The Story Of Hillary S Phoenixlike Rise Is At The Heart Of HRC, A Riveting Political Biography That Journeys Into The Heart Of Hillaryland To Discover A Brilliant Strategist At Work Masterfully Unfolded By Politico SJonathan Allen And The Hill S Amie Parnes From Than Two Hundred Top Access Interviews With Hillary S Intimates, Colleagues, Supporters, And Enemies, HRC Portrays A Seasoned Operator Who Negotiates Political And Diplomatic Worlds With Equal Savvy Loathed By The Obama Team In The Wake Of The Primary, Hillary Worked To Become The President S Greatest Ally, Their Fates Intertwined In The Work Of Reestablishing America On The World Stage HRC Puts Readers In The Room With Hillary During The Most Intense And Pivotal Moments Of This Era, As She Mulls The President Elect S Offer To Join The Administration, Pulls The Strings To Build A Coalition For His War Against Libya, And Scrambles To Deal With The Fallout From The Terrible Events In Benghazi All While Keeping One Eye Focused On HRC Offers A Rare Look Inside The Merciless Clinton Political Machine, As Bill Clinton Handled The Messy Business Of Avenging Hillary S Primary Loss While She Tried To Remain Above The Partisan Fray Exploring Her Friendships And Alliances With Robert Gates, David Petraeus, Leon Panetta, Joe Biden, And The President Himself, Allen And Parnes Show How Hillary Fundamentally Transformed The State Department Through The Force Of Her Celebrity And Her Unparalleled Knowledge Of How Power Works In Washington Filled With Deep Reporting And Immersive Storytelling, This Remarkable Portrait Of The Most Important Female Politician In American History Is An Essential Inside Look At The Woman Who May Be Our Next President Hillary Clinton is one of the most polarizing figures in American history, and unless you haven t paid attention over the last 20 years or just don t care, it s hard to judge anything written about her without any bias The best thing about this books is if you love or hate her, you ll find a lot to love and hate about her here From her relationship with President Obama to turning the State Department into a vehicle for smart power to the Clinton machine punishing all who crossed her in 2008 to her handling of Benghazi, there s no shortage of new and old information about one of the most important people of our time.Personally she s my favorite current politician so I thought all the stories about her were awesome Especially how she essentially used Bill Clinton as a surrogate to settle all family business in 2012 LIKE A BOSS Four stars readyforhillary This is a book by political wonks for political wonks This book covers Clinton s defeat to Obama, her time as Secretary of State and then includes information about how she is surely though subtly running for president in 2016 There is a lot of coverage of the Benghazi incident attack and coverage of some her work during her four years in that position If you re not interested in the minutiae of politics, if you re not a fan of Mrs Clinton, or dislike reading a book based entirely on here say, this might not be a good fit for you The book is well researched given its limitations, but does presume that you as a reader are very familiar with the Clintons and with the political machine as well I would not recommend this for someone who sort of likes Clinton yes I call her Clinton, not Hillary, show some damn respect I swear, when will women be given the respect that men do in that regard as your first book or look into her life Start off with her bio and then work up from there, so you can better appreciate her strengths and actions On a side note, if I never again see the word Hillaryland , a word I guess used to denote the fantasy, the Disneyland spectacle that encompasses working for her, well I ll be a happy woman I was a Goodreads first reads winner A book written merely to make HRC look good and prep her run for the presidency I think even Democrats will find it hard to swallow, a whitewash of her problems and defeats and a raucous trumpeting of her successes. Yawn snooze nothing really new here, at least nothing I didn t already suspect about HRC, the Lady Macbeth of the Democrat party At 400 pages, I didn t want to waste my time delving ever deeper into the inner workings of the State Department HRC was painstakingly researched and documented, but, for me, unreadable The authors drilled deep, but for what We all knew there was no love lost between the Clinton and Obama camps We all knew of the Clinton s hit list but, its breadth and depth was appalling Hell hath no fury like a Clinton scorned The one aspect of HRC that I found interesting was its view of the labryinth like structure of government departments, and the lack of coordination among the departments that are supposed to be keeping us secure HRC does nothing to dispel any of the negative popular beliefs about Hillary and Bill, or of Obama, or of much of the Washington power structure. I knew she was powerful and experienced I had no idea how experienced She certainly is prepared than any other potential candidate No one can deny she isn t ready for it, but I don t blame her if she doesn t take the job I m not sure the people of this country deserve her hard work I m grateful this influential couple has not switched sides with their power and wealth they d make good republicans, but they are still working for the underdog, especially Hillary I really enjoyed getting an inside look at the animosities and frustrations between the Clinton s and Obama s A classic uniting for the sake of the party which required two very mature people Obama Hillary I have to say, she was forgiving of him for quite some time and he finally responded Perhaps it took him longer, because he is younger and less wise Either way, they both learned a great deal something many politicians cannot seem to do on the job. The Hillary haters and conspiracy theorists love to throw around the term career politician nowadays with the same disgust and loathing that most people use with the term pedophile , which is probably really unfair to pedophiles.Joking aside, I understand people s frustration with the status quo politicians in Washington, D.C I sympathize with the need for radical change I get it That s why I supported Bernie Sanders It s also why a lot of people support Donald Trump.Then, Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination, and, while she wasn t my first choice, I decided to support her because she has the potential to be a good president, especially if she maintains the ideals of the current party platform which Sanders helped to establish as well as avoiding the pitfalls that Obama ran into in terms of being unable to bridge the partisan divide So, in answer to your next question yes, I am voting for the party and not necessarily for the person But I m also voting for Hillary, the person, because you can t just vote for an ideal or a platform I m voting for Hillary because I truly believe that she will maintain the ideals of the platform or at least try, because she s savvy enough to know that the country s eyes and the eyes of the millions of progressive Bernie supporters are on her, making sure she will be accountable I m voting for Hillary because she has a track record for successfully working both sides of the aisle, unlike Obama, and I have a pretty good feeling that she will have far less stonewalling this time around I m voting for Hillary because I d rather have a career politician than a man who admits on live TV that he doesn t pay taxes and that he s proud of it I m voting for Hillary because I have yet to hear anyone answer not just adequately but AT ALL the question of what crimes she is allegedly guilty.I am voting for Hillary because she has been a tireless supporter of children s rights, women s rights, and civil rights since her law school days She has evolved on some issues, such as LGBQT rights, and while I don t agree with her on everything she s hawkish and pro military than I d prefer , I don t see any issue that she supports that is a deal breaker for me.She s not a perfect candidate, certainly, but no candidate is She is, however, in my opinion, far superior in every way to Trump.Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes 2014 book HRC State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton is an objective for the most part in depth examination of Hillary Clinton s job performance as the second most powerful person in the U.S government after the president, covering primarily her four years as Secretary of State.It s a decent follow up to Don Van Natta Jr and Jeff Gerth s 2007 book Her Way The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Clinton , which was a less in depth, broad overview of Hillary s life up until her failed 2008 presidential run HRC basically picks up where Her Way left off.Allen Parnes tells a pretty detailed journalistic account of Hillary s actions, starting with her run for the presidency and subsequent dropping out of the race, her reluctance to commit to accepting the Secretary of State position at first, and her many trips to the 112 countries she visited as SecState She was the most travelled Secretary of State in history until John Kerry broke her record All of this reportage is well and good, if a bit dry While it s insightful to read about how Hillary learned to use technology to her advantage, helped to promote women s rights in countries like Burma and Pakistan, and was integral in the plan to assassinate Osama bin Laden, I think most readers were sloughing their way through this stuff to get to the part they really wanted to know about Benghazi Let s be honest Benghazi is, unfortunately, the only issue that seems to matter in the minds of most Hillary haters I won t even get into the e mail scandals and Allen Parnes don t bring it up at all in the book, probably owing to the fact that the scandals didn t break until after publication Still, if you re interested in reading about the hypocrisy of the Republicans and the 22 million deleted e mails under George W Bush s presidency, check out this and I refuse to dignify the ridiculous conspiracy theories that surround Hillary, such as the one that suggests that Hillary has killed than 30 people, which probably makes her one of the most successful serial killers in history, considering she has gotten away with it this long and built a pretty impressive political career despite the fact.The sad truth is Benghazi was a horrible tragedy that resulted in the senseless loss of four American lives, a tragedy that was utilized for political reasons during an election year.Mistakes were made by many people in the State Department and misinformation was given to the public shrouded as fact Whether intentional or simply bad information at the time is almost irrelevant Even Hillary acknowledges this She has said, on record, that she takes responsibility for the tragedy It s not enough, though, for many people.Critics and Hillary haters want to see her burn for the tragedy, despite the fact that embassy attacks and deaths occurred under George W Bush s watch than Obama s, and no one ever questioned or attacked Bush to the extent that Hillary has been attacked What I, personally, have come to conclude is that when horrible shit like this happens, it s natural to want to find someone to blame, and if criminal wrongdoing or negligence was the real reason, an in depth investigation is necessary for bringing the truth out.When 9 11 happened, and in the years afterwards, I wanted to blame the Bush Administration, and I did, vociferously I hated Bush with a passion, because I honestly believed that he and everyone in his administration was asleep at the wheel for the first nine months of his first term When the U.S entered the Iraq War, I honestly believed that Bush Cheney et al had lied to the American people to create momentum for getting involved in the war.I was for impeachment I was for having them face imprisonment for war crimes To some extent, I still am.But, as time passes and as I think about the stresses and challenges that a president faces on a daily basis, I now honestly believe that there are some things that no amount of preparation can withstand Some things just happen so quickly that once it starts it s impossible to stop.Could things have been done differently Should there have been a stronger response to credible intelligence reports warning about potential problems Of course, in hindsight, the answer is always yes.Unfortunately, presidents don t have precognition They aren t endowed with superpowers They are human.Has Hillary made mistakes Yes Has she owned up to them, and is she probably prone to taking cautious, pre emptive measures in the future to prevent similar mistakes I believe that she has, and that she will.HRC isn t the perfect candidate but, in truth, no candidate is ever perfect She is, for better or worse, my candidate. In brief this is a fly on the wall journalistic account of Hillary Clinton from the end of the 2008 primary campaign to the present, with the focus being on a likely presidential run in 2016 The focus of the book is a her improving personal relationship with Obama after the extended primary fight b her strategy to reposition herself as a unifying candidate within the Democratic Party which seems to be entirely successful and c her management style at the State Department and political maneuvering in the Obama White House.HRC isn t so much a foreign policy book, and large swathes of first term Obama policy are treated lightly for example, the reset with Russia, the pivot towards Asia, etc This is a shame because I personally would have like to hear what the next Democratic nominee has to say about, for example, counter terrorism policy or the NSA program.But there are other books about Obama s foreign policy and I thought that there was plenty of information in HRC that was interesting to me I was interested in the deliberate campaign by the Clintons to punish those who endorsed Obama during the primary this recieved a lot of hyperbole in the media Hillary s enemies list and so forth , because the timing of the book s release encouraged a facile comparison with Chris Christie s expanding scandals but thankfully Allen and Amie Parnes don t indulge in that kind of nonsense in their narrative.The enemies list in question is a large Excel spreadsheet of supporters and opponents in the 2008 primary, which included a 1 7 scale of betrayal and markers for extenuating circumstances like if an Obama supporter was a member of the Illinois congressional delegation or the Congressional Black Caucus From then on, the Clintons deliberately weighed in on Democratic primaries to punish opponents and support allies For example, Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania s attorney general, won the nomination over Congressman and Obama supporter Patrick Murphy with the prominent support of Bill Clinton Kane is young and popular and polls well against Senator Pat Toomey, suggesting that she could be a powerful friend to the Clintons for years to come What s remarkable about this campaign that the Clintons were able to carry it out for the past six years without endangering HRC s above the fray image or jeopardzing the near unverisal support she has in the Democratic establishment It speaks volumes about her political adroitness that she could square that circle.Similarly, Hillary was a formidable inside player in the Obama White House You could say, with some justice, that Hillary Clinton played a subordinate role in Obama s foreign policy one reason why the coverage in this book is a little light but the same has been true of countless Secretaries of State in the postwar era But Clinton was uniquely influential among Cabinet members, both in her ability to ally with other players like Defense Secretary Robert Gates to influence policy and in her ability to staff State with her loyalists, not Obama s The book really reveals the degree to which Obama allowed Hillary to build up her 2016 campaign as the price of peace within the Democratic party HRC isn t an essential read, certainly, and I can t imagine it has much appeal outside of people who are addicted to this kind of fly on the wall political journalism but I found it interesting as a contemporary potrait of a woman who may well be President three years from now.