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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (70 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Sheehy Narrator: Gail Sheehy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375417078
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This is the story of a woman and a marriage, both so famous the world over, we think we know everything there is to know. But Hillary's Choice renders America's First Lady fully human for the first time.
        
Gail Sheehy uncovers the lifelong imprint of Hillary's drillmaster father and the frustrated mother who taught her to bottle up her emotions and who took subversive pleasure in teaching her only daughter how to fight like a man. We listen in as Hillary describes, in letters to a college pen pal, her dreams of becoming a star and her depression when trying to choose an identity. And we meet her first love, the handsome Georgetown man who melted her midwestern puritanism but lost her to the more ambitious Bill Clinton.
        
We see the arc of Hillary's life through her headstrong choices: as a Yale Law School graduate who chooses to marry an Arkansas boy, thinking she will get him elected to Con-gress and take him back to Washington; as a professional wife who chooses to abandon her own career dream so she can raise a "boy" to be a president; as a woman betrayed once too often who finally confronts her husband and makes the deal that will determine their future.
        
Sheehy has been observing Hillary Clinton for seven years, talking to her informally and writing about her in Vanity Fair. The biographical portrait that emerges is a tour de force of hard reporting shaped by the intimate contour of the author's unique insights.  
        
The story of the Clinton presidency has always been the story of the Clinton marriage. Delving deep into a relationship that is both supportive and destructive, Sheehy answers the constantly asked question "Why does she stay with him?" How has Hillary preserved her spirit through repeated cycles of Clinton's seduction, betrayal, and repentance? Sheehy peels back the layers of public masks and private denials, showing through one vivid scene after another how Hillary became addicted to Bill, and how desperately Bill depended on Hillary to teach him how to fight and to bring him back again and again from the political dead. Power and shame shift violently from Hillary to Bill and back again as Sheehy deconstructs their embattled co-presidency.
        
Hillary's Choice reveals much more:  the one serious threat to the Clinton marriage, when Bill fell in love with a woman unlike any of his others; Hillary's symbiotic relationship with political guru Dick Morris; the real reason Clinton couldn't help Hillary pass health care reform; the source of Hillary's crippling hostility toward the press; how Hillary escaped the snare of Ken Starr; how she endured, and capitalized on, the miseries of the Monica year; why she polarizes women; and why she chose to seek her own political voice.
        
Hillary's Choice brings this tempestuous tale up to date, following Hillary's rebirth as a newly confident woman in her "Flaming Fifties" who is ready to take control of her life. The Clintons' startling role reversal in middle life maintains the suspense: Will Hillary succeed as a retail politician with Bill in the wings as her strategist? Will their marriage survive his postpresidential blues and her possible rejection by her new neighbors in New York?
        
Gail Sheehy's saturation reporting and candid interviews with hundreds of people--many of them fresh sources with intimate knowledge of Hillary--flesh out the complexities and contradictions that drive one of the most extraordinary political figures of our time.


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Quotes & Awards

  • With firsthand knowledge and first-rate reporting, Gail Sheehy meticulously peels back the layers of this woman we have so barely understood: revered and reviled First Lady, vulnerable First Victim, flawed tactician, inspired candidate. You cannot know Hillary Rodham Clinton without reading this book. Lynn Sherr, ABC News
  • Gail Sheehy is a master at defining the personal as political and the political as personal. Hillary's Choice is a compelling portrait of a marriage. Richard Reeves, author of President Kennedy: Profile of Power

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/30/2013

    " I've decided I should become more informed of the political forerunners for the presidency. I've learned more about the complexities of her and what makes her so motivated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 9/28/2013

    " Whatever your views on hillary, she's led a very interesting life. I'm trying to read the biographies of the prominant/important white house contenders and this is one of the first I tried. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawna | 7/30/2013

    " Well written and documented as well as interesting and (hopefully) fair. Hillary and Bill seem both to be emotionally impaired. They don't know how to be happy. They appear to be quite arrogant but seem to mean well in many ways. They are their own worst enemies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norah | 6/2/2013

    " -Hillary's disciplined upbringing clearly influenced her political perspective and decisive nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Irvine | 4/10/2012

    " I learned a lot about Hillary from this book. It starts with her childhood and ends after the Monica scandal. Hillary is amazing. She's had such a vast array of incredible experiences and has done so much with her life. She's smart, driven and tireless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashleigh | 6/2/2009

    " One of the better accounts of her life. I would say it's pretty balanced compared to the Hillary love-her vs. hate-her accounts that are out now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika Floyd | 4/5/2009

    " "You cannot know Hillary Rodham Clinton without reading this book"-Lynn Scher, ABC News (Back cover quote) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 1/28/2008

    " Whatever your views on hillary, she's led a very interesting life. I'm trying to read the biographies of the prominant/important white house contenders and this is one of the first I tried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/7/2008

    " I've decided I should become more informed of the political forerunners for the presidency. I've learned more about the complexities of her and what makes her so motivated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashleigh | 1/3/2008

    " One of the better accounts of her life. I would say it's pretty balanced compared to the Hillary love-her vs. hate-her accounts that are out now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/1/2008

    " I learned a lot about Hillary from this book. It starts with her childhood and ends after the Monica scandal. Hillary is amazing. She's had such a vast array of incredible experiences and has done so much with her life. She's smart, driven and tireless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norah | 5/29/2007

    " -Hillary's disciplined upbringing clearly influenced her political perspective and decisive nature. "

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About the Author
Author Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is the world-renowned author of more than a dozen books, including Passages, which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than three years and has been reprinted in twenty-eight languages. As a literary journalist, Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984, she won the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America for her in-depth character portraits of national and world leaders, including both President Bushes, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich, and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.