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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (904 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Bernstein Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781415945629
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Carl Bernstein's stunning portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton shows us, as nothing else has, the true trajectory of her life and career, with its zigzag bursts of risks taken and safety sought. Marshaling all the skills and energy that propelled his history-making Pulitzer Prize reporting on Watergate, Bernstein gives us the most detailed, sophisticated, comprehensive, and revealing account we have had of the complex human being and political meteor who has already helped define one presidency and may well become, herself, the woman in charge of another.

Bernstein clarifies the often amazing dynamic of her marriage to Bill Clinton, shows us the extent to which Hillary has been instrumental in the triumphs and troubles of his governorship and presidency, and sheds light on her own political brilliance and her blind spots, especially her suspicion and mishandling of the press, and her overt hostility to the opposition that clouded her entry into the capital.

In the emotional and political chaos of the Lewinsky affair, we see Hillary, despite her immense hurt and anger, standing by her husband, evoking a rising wave of sympathy from a public previously cool to her. It helps carry her into the Senate, where she applies the political lessons she has learned. It is now her time. As she decides to run for president, with her husband now her valued aide, she has one more chance to fulfill her ambition for herself: to change the world.

This book 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 of her?

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Quotes & Awards

  • A Woman in Charge . . . stands as a model of contemporary political biography . . . Bernstein has produced an excellent book: thorough, balanced, judicious and deeply reported . . . He offers a three-dimensional portrait of a person with enduring strengths (discipline, tenacity, a sustaining religious faith) and weaknesses (excessive secrecy, a tendency to self-righteousness and a habit of nursing grudges)…Bernstein almost always finds new facts and telling details…[His] account benefits enormously from remarkably candid on-the-record assessments of both Clintons by intimates such as close friend Jim Blair and Betsey Wright, Clinton’s gubernatorial chief of staff in Arkansas. Ronald Brownstein, Los Angeles Times
  • Serious, well-researched and fair…A Woman in Charge is . . . painstaking, sensitive and elegantly written. The Economist
  • A remarkably revealing portrait. Byron York, The Wall Street Journal
  • Carl Bernstein presents a . . . balanced and convincing picture of Mrs. Clinton . . . He also poses the essential concerns voters will need to confront in deciding whether they will support Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 candidacy. Robert Dallek, The New York Times
  • [Carl Bernstein] has not lost his reporter’s touch, and A Woman in Charge has already refocused serious questions–and supplied new information–about Hillary and Bill Clinton, their past behavior and their current ambitions to regain the White House. Kevin Phillips, The Washington Post Book World
  • You could say Bernstein has written the definitive book on Hillary. Lynn Bronikowski, Rocky Mountain News
  • Bernstein’s A Woman in Charge is sprightly written, often insightful in its judgments, and studded with factual nuggets that enhance the Hillary saga. Walter Shapiro, Salon.com
  • This book is really a considerable achievement. Peter Grier, Christian Science Monitor

  • “Those who adore Clinton (and those who despise her) will find anecdotes to savor in Bernstein’s account. But the book aims higher, trying to illuminate a person who remains a mystery to millions. To pry open that truth, the author tracked down sources who might shed light on Clinton’s character. He spoke to friends, mentors and staffers; he gained access to the papers of the late attorney Diane Blair, one of Clinton’s closest friends. The work paid off.
    Josh Getlin, Los Angeles Times
  • A Woman in Charge revisits in revealing and compelling detail the spiritual and fleshly perils that shaped the [Clintons’] journey. Chris Lehmann-Haupt, New York Observer
  • A layered, thoughtful, critical biography of the woman who, at this writing, seems poised to become the 44th president of the United States…[a] revealing, admiring, often surprising book. Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • Eight years in the making, Bernstein’s thorough look at Hillary Clinton is both fair and fascinating…the quotes make the book…Through [his] interviews, Bernstein moves the Hillary story to a deeper place. Ilene Cooper, Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 2/19/2014

    " Liked it. Funny - many of the attributes of Hillary that most people criticize her for, I like! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 2/19/2014

    " Hillary Clinton is an incredibly gifted woman and it is a shame that she may never be president. I think this is a fair look into this woman's life and shows her strengths and weaknesses. But she is truly remarkable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Kriss Radoi | 2/19/2014

    " Really inspiring...makes you wanna aim higher and higher ...sky is the limit to what you can do... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sbugsy | 2/15/2014

    " I like reading the history of people. It did confirm to me that unfortunately lives are affected by what other people want other people to think about them, even if it isn't true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.K. | 2/9/2014

    " An informative look at Hillary Clinton, the dynamics of her relationship with Bill and her political motivations. Hillary's complexity makes this a must read for those who would like to inform themselves of the candidates before the election. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Rhodes | 2/2/2014

    " I was a Hillary fan before I read this, and remain one, perhaps even more so. It's a very honest look at a woman who has been to hell and back in the White House, and somehow wants to go back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran Landers | 1/30/2014

    " What it takes to be a woman in a man's profession. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/23/2014

    " This is the most eloquently written biography I have ever read. It doesn't hurt that the players Bernstein chronicles are colorful to say the least... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 1/22/2014

    " It takes a long time to read but it's well worth the effort. Excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss Leacock | 1/16/2014

    " I've never read a political biography before, but I really liked this book. It was very interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kellen 2010-2011 | 12/28/2013

    " OOOOOOOOO man. I liked this book on some levels but found in most parts she was fixated on Bill Clintons' affair like her life has only ever revolved around it. But for the rest I enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 12/25/2013

    " It gave me wonderful in site into the life and career of Hillary Clinton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan B. | 12/16/2013

    " Was given this as a gift from Australian EMILY's List and enjoyed reading it on 'planes and pool-side during a holiday in Vietnam and Thailand. Great backgrounder to a great woman although would be fabulous to see an updated version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jvlee624 | 12/3/2013

    " Too much Whitewater and Monica. It's as if she hardly did anything else. And the last page basically says, "In conclusion, she's so secretive I couldn't figure her out and neither can anyone else." So...why write the book? I just thought he should have brought more insight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Baden | 9/19/2013

    " I read this a year or two ago. I learned a ton about the Clintons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 7/13/2013

    " This book gives a great, balanced back ground to help understand how HC is the person she is today. Definitely helps put her, her positions, her demeanor, her strategies, etc. in context. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karis North | 5/5/2013

    " Still reading and its fascinating. Carl Bernstein clearly does not like HRC, and the book was obviously timed to impact her campaign, but what comes through the book despite the dislike is that he often admires her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 9/25/2012

    " Cemented my inclination to support Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for President. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenifer | 3/2/2012

    " Surprisingly balanced. Illuminating one of the most interesting, misunderstood people in recent history. I don't know if I could vote for her, but I'm less likely now to judge her based on caricature, or her husband. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 12/15/2011

    " Extremely interesting, well-written, and meticulously researched. I learned so much from the careful analysis and appreciated reading this very much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 2/13/2011

    " Wanted to learnmore about the woman who might have been president - "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tedda | 12/9/2010

    " pretty good, enough details to be interesting and not overly historic--it seemed balanced and that is rare in this time of extreme views. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/10/2010

    "
    Dry in style but fill of very interesting information. Worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dina | 8/4/2010

    " Started out great but bored me about 75% through. He is not the greatest of biographical writers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony | 3/22/2010

    " Not a bad read, but living in the UK I found there were an awful lot of unfamiliar names to try and get a hold of, and all the various offices/posts of said people, so I kept losing track of who was who and just what they did and where they fit in.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Kriss | 3/18/2010

    " Really inspiring...makes you wanna aim higher and higher ...sky is the limit to what you can do... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 2/12/2010

    " Good, but I'm not sure how true it is. Some characterizations are negative, but it did inform of some interesting dynamics in a general way. I'm not sure I like the book, but it did keep me reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Uncleg | 10/22/2009

    " Biography from birth to Hillary’s deciding to run for the Senate at the end of Bill Clinton’s second term. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fox | 8/6/2009

    " Well written and very insightful look at an interesting woman and couple. His depiction of Hillary shows her strengths and flaws. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/21/2009

    " Great author and great subject combine to make this a riveting read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ian | 1/10/2009

    " Slow read. Living History is much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienna | 1/3/2009

    " It was okay, I wanted to learn some interesting facts about her. I was surprised she was IL that I a familiar with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/24/2008

    " Excellent to read simultaneously with Living History "

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About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.