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4.0 out of 5 stars Book that shows why America has a good chance to soon get the first woman President
`State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton' written by coauthors, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes is a story about woman who was all written off several times, and still she like a phoenix was coming back into politics again and again, each time stronger - Hillary Clinton.

Hillary who despite her sharpness and intellect most of the world long perceived...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A puff piece
Authors Allen and Parnes are apparently Washington journalists. If so, any critical claws they have are well sheathed in this work, which sugar-coats Hillary Clinton in a supportive coverage of her time from her primaries defeat by Obama through her tenure at the State Department; the 'Rebirth of Hillary Clinton', so the subtitle tells us.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book that shows why America has a good chance to soon get the first woman President, 12 Feb 2014
This review is from: HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton (Hardcover)
`State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton' written by coauthors, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes is a story about woman who was all written off several times, and still she like a phoenix was coming back into politics again and again, each time stronger - Hillary Clinton.

Hillary who despite her sharpness and intellect most of the world long perceived firstly as a woman of known American president, a long time had to work to get out of his shadow. She certainly was not helped by the fact being defeated in the Democratic primary back in 2008 after which most political commentators predicted the end of her career, a long and painful or short, depending on how much time she would need to accept the cruel political reality.

But then happened something that was very unusual phenomenon in politics - regardless of persistence that is characteristic of most politicians - that not only she was able to rise again, but becoming today a very serious, if not the most serious candidate for the Democratic US President, when Obama's mandate expires.
At the very beginning of the book the authors nicely summarized her character and the way she works - "...Hillary also harbors a bias for action, which influences her decision-making process. It can be seen in her approach to going after Osama bin Laden, in her building of a coalition to intervene militarily in Libya, and even in the way she encourages her aides to innovate and improvise... from the outset she demonstrated a deep understanding of the levers of power within the American government and in international politics...".
For all the above mentioned reasons, Hillary has become influential member of Obama cabinet that transformed from the Democratic campaign rival to respected President executor and counselor.

In their book of twenty-one chapters on nearly 500 pages, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes explain the readers how Hillary managed to come back and impose to President and his cabinet, whose members weren't delighted having to work with their recent political rival; they are casting more light on all those events when she temporarily moved away from the limelight to recover and re-gather her force.

After you read it, you will understand why Hillary has a chance to win the U.S. election in 2016 if she manages to secure support of her own party - being a very strong and capable woman who will not stop until she reach her goal. `State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton' is a book that is certainly worth a read, a work that shows why America has a good chance in a few years to get the first female President.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HRC's a very good read, 6 May 2014
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Really good insights into how loyalty is as important as politics to HTC and the way in which she's keeping her options open for the 2016 race
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3.0 out of 5 stars A puff piece, 20 Mar 2014
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This review is from: HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton (Hardcover)
Authors Allen and Parnes are apparently Washington journalists. If so, any critical claws they have are well sheathed in this work, which sugar-coats Hillary Clinton in a supportive coverage of her time from her primaries defeat by Obama through her tenure at the State Department; the 'Rebirth of Hillary Clinton', so the subtitle tells us.

From page 1, we enter the surreal Clinton world (Hillary's, but with Bill always in soft-focus behind her) whereby everything, everything, is calculated as to its impact on her political standing. Lists of people are compiled, graded 1-7 in terms of loyalty, the worst deemed as 'traitors, all something for the memory-bank. Maybe this is all par for the course in high politics, particularly US high politics, but Allen and Parr write all this up in admiration of organisational competence, rather than any criticsm of attention-diverting pettiness.

We are told that Hillary's eventual acceptance, after much deliberating and hesitation, of Obama's offer of the position of secretary of state, was because of 'loyalty to her country'; how, she evidently mused, would she feel if she were president, and her pick for State turned her down? So, on this basis, she went for it. Really? Reading about her, my guess is she took the job (for a man who had defeated her, let's remember, something you don't normally get away with against the Clintons) purely and simply because, under cold analysis, the positives (for her) outweighed the negatives, just (and Obama, for his part, gritted his teeth, on the premise it was better she was in the tent, than out). But the Allen/Parnes slant on all this is that Hillary did it out of loyalty, put her shoulder to the wheel, and the Obama/Clinton duo worked happily ever after.

Time and again we are reminded that Hillary travelled about one million miles as secretary, visiting 112 countries. But, one might ask, to what end? (above and beyond promoting herself, one might suppose - imagine getting such exposure on, say, the US primary circuit). What did she achieve with all that? Can anyone remember? With a nod to that theme, Allen/Parnes say she revived the art of diplomacy, following the Bush years. So, softly, softly does it. Perhaps, but that doesn't sound like a Clinton, to me.

We do get some hard accomplishments, though, albeit perhaps unexpected. For example, Allen/Parnes argue it was Hillary who put together the coalition response over Libya (a response which led to the downfall of Qaddafi), with which 'Britain and France would go along'. Huh? I recall Britain and France leading the effort, with Obama in fhe background (and reluctantly, at that). We are told she was influential in the Egyptian 'spring' although, even re-reading this bit, I don't quite understand how, hampered as she was in having previously declared Mr & Mrs Mubarak as friends of the Clinton family. And, finally, there's the killing of Bin Laden, where Hillary is portrayed as a hawk, stiffening Obama against some of his cabinet wets. Hmmm. If the operation had gone south, my betting is she'd have quickly taken a very back seat and watched Obama take the heat.

All this leads to a friendly puff in support of Hillary's likely presidential ambitions. But, after all that, just why is she presidential material? Why do her supporters think she would make a good president? What has she done to show this, apart from a highly adept usage of the Clinton machine? Would she get anywhere near the presidency if her name wasn't Clinton? I'm willing to be converted, but it will take a lot more than this book to do so.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 6 Mar 2014
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Insightful & assiduously researched. We get a feeling for who the 'real' Hillary and an understanding of why her staff & friends are so loyal to her.
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