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Living History
by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0-7432-2224-5
Published June 2003 - Hardcover - 562 pages

An accomplished life and one so extraordinary to imagine for oneself, you have to admire this former First Lady.  Hillary Rodham Clinton went through it all, almost.  Life in the White House is probably much like living in a goldfish bowl with their every move monitored by both the Secret Service and the press.  I found her memoir a little slow in the beginning but the second half was much more interesting, especially as you become more in-tune with recent events.  Her candid account is eye-opening and finally, after all these years, we hear her side of what really happened during their stint in Washington DC.  She clearly explains Whitewater, their attempts to reform healthcare and childcare (and more) in this country, her reaction to Bill's lying about Monica Lewinsky, and their many travels.  She also lovingly tells us about being a mother to Chelsea, her move to become a Senator, and about the many wonderful friends they met as well as some of the more unsavory people in politics.  A fascinating read about contemporary politics without being a typical history book.  Lots of b/w pictures too.
Conclusion - Interesting and worth the read. BookBrowser

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