As with most books written by politicians while in office (or at least aiming for one), Living History is, first and foremost, safe. There are interesting observations and anecdotes, the writing is engaging, and there is enough inside scoop to appeal to those looking for a bit of gossip. Hillary Clinton has much to say about her experience as first lady, which is the primary focus of the book. Those interested in these experiences and her commentary on them will find the book worth reading.
Along the way, she offers many apologies, though perhaps not the kind some would expect. She does not shy away from her "vast right-wing conspiracy" comment, for instance, though she does wish that she had expressed herself differently. Regarding the Monica Lewinsky scandal, she maintains that her husband initially lied to her, as he did the rest of the country, and did not come clean until two days prior to his grand jury testimony. Calling his betrayal "the most devastating, shocking and hurtful experience of my life," she explains what the aftermath was like personally and why she has elected to stand by her man. In all, Living History is an informative book that goes a long way toward humanizing one of the most recognizable, and controversial, women of our age.
I liked the book because it gave an interesting insight into the woman and her ambitions not only for her husband but for herself as well.
Very interesting to read about this VIP. It helps to understand all sides of this very popular public figure.
I really liked this book. A lot of information and names, but still a good read. She is really an intelligent woman who has always been true to herself. It also was a good read about the Clinton administration and what obstacles they both encountered while in the White House.
I was curious why she stayed with Bill after the Monica ordeal. I learned a bit about their relationship and have a small understanding. According to her they really are life partners, they are best friends, and I too know with faith that almost anything can be overcome. I admire that she persevered with her own goals and that he supported her. The rest of her story is interesting, where she came from, how she got to where she is. She was once an ordinary person like the rest of us and doesn't seem to have forgotten that. Hillary for president!
I have not read this book but thought I might list it if someone else might want it.