The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton
Carl Bernstein's acclaimed biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most revealing and balanced portrait yet of the woman poised to become the 44th President of the United States.
A Woman in Charge reveals the true trajectory of Hillary's astonishing life and career. From a staunchly Republican household and apparently idyllic Midwestern girlhood - her disciplinarian father here revealed as harsher than she has acknowledged - we see the shaping of a brilliant girl whose curiosity was fuelled by the ferment of the 1960s and a desire to change the world. During her student years, she was already perceived as a spokeswoman for her generation. Then, at Yale Law School, she met and fell in love with Bill Clinton, cancelling her own dreams to tie her fortunes to his.
Bernstein clarifies the often amazing dynamic of their marriage, charting both her political acumen and her blind spots, and untangling her relationship to the great controversies of Whitewater, Troopergate and Travelgate. And then, in the emotional and political chaos of the Lewinsky affair we see Hillary standing by her husband - evoking a rising wave of sympathy from a public previously cool to her and in effect, Bernstein argues, saving his presidency. It helps carry her into the Senate: her time has come. As she decides to run for President, this self-described 'mind-conservative and heart liberal' has one more chance to fulfill her long-deferred ambitions.
Bernstein has interviewed some 200 of her colleagues, friends and enemies and was given unique access to the candid record of the 1992 presidential campaign kept by Hillary's best friend, Diane Blair. Marshalling all the skills and energy that propelled his history-making Pulitzer prize-winning coverage of Watergate, he gives us a detailed, sophisticated, comprehensive and revealing account of the complex human being and political meteor who has already helped define one presidency and may well become the woman in charge of another.
“Of the two Watergate journalists, Bernstein is the brighter, wilder and wittier. His picture of Hillary is a convincing and full one”
“A window on the juicy years of political ferment and feminism... it provides some fascinating insights into Hillary's political growth”
“A brilliant piece of journalism - impartial but packed with minute, telling details. It's also a fascinating portrait of a marriage: the gloves are very much off, but Hillary still emerges as an exceptional, complicated figure in her own right”
Olivia Cole, Independent on Sunday, Books of the Year
“The work of a legendary investigative journalist... Bernstein has laboured mightily”
“Painstaking, sensitive and elegantly written”
“A remarkably revealing portrait”
Wall Street Journal
“[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”
Washington Post Book World
“Stands as a model of contemporary political biography . . . Bernstein has produced an excellent book: thorough, balanced, judicious and deeply reported”
Los Angeles Times
“Carl Bernstein presents a... balanced and convincing picture of Mrs Clinton”
New York Times
“A WOMAN IN CHARGE revisits in revealing and compelling detail the spiritual and fleshly perils that shaped the [Clintons'] journey”
New York Observer
“A first-rate biography of Hillary Clinton, well written, imaginatively researched, balanced and sensitively conceived”
Times Literary Supplement