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Living History

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  14,340 ratings  ·  638 reviews
Book by Hillary Clinton
Hardcover, 562 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Delight
Maybe I'm feeling guilty for not supporting an accomplished woman's presidential candidacy. Maybe I'm becoming increasingly aware that the media hasn't treated Hillary Clinton fairly compared to Barack Obama. Whatever the reason, I've been taking a second look at Hillary Clinton and decided to finally read her autobiography--the one in which I stood in line for 3 hours for her book signing. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the book, how readable it was, and how personable Senator Clinton is...more
Faith
[This was written in 2005. Don't take it too seriously. And I don't even regret Hillary didn't make it to president.:]

Warning: This text isn't as much about the book as it is inspired by the book!

Living History, Hillary Clinton's autobiography, that focuses on her years in the White House. I have always admired Hillary Clinton, and thought she is "good". Right now I'm actually not so sure about what I knew about her before I read this book. Probably something about her being in the Senate and st...more
Emily
I LOVE bios and I did enjoy this one. You just have to take it for what it is...an Autobiography written by someone with future political aspirations. I do feel that it was honest and I found it very interesting. Hillary was doing amazing, selfless things at a very young age and I was very inspired! The thing that I didn't like about the book was that it was sort of a "who's who" list at times. I appreciate that she remembers everyone who has ever helped her, but it seemed fake. Here's who I kno...more
Amanda
This book was really eye-opening for me. With all the media attention Clinton gets, it's hard to imagine her as a real person. Her autobiography had a lot of surprises for me. I never imagined Hillary Clinton, one of the most controversial figures in American politics, to have such a "normal" upbringing. Even more surprising was reading about her conservative family and her own participation in the Young Republicans as a teen!
This book is a really interesting account of our country's history du...more
Kathryn
I won't take this review as an unbridled opportunity to defend Clinton in the wake of her current demon-ization by the press (both liberal and conservative.) Suffice to say that I don't see how one can not finish this book and not gather that she is HANDS DOWN the most QUALIFIED Democratic candidate for the U.S. Presidency. This is worth the read for an appreciation of her role in breaking new ground for the first lady as ambassador and foreign policy consultant. Very interesting in light of pop...more
Scott Holstad
I have to start by confessing the Clintons are my favorite politicians and I love them dearly. I miss Bill being in the White House and I think Hillary should have been. Now that that's out of the way, I finally, finally got a copy of this book and I just couldn't put it down. (I am biased, remember?) I thought it was enthralling. I think it really showed the human side of Hillary, whereas in the media she's often portrayed in a very negative light, or like she's a robot or something. I loved th...more
Sasha
Hillary Clinton is one intriguing person. She has drawn strong opinions, both good and bad, over her politics and serious personality, but the lady deserves some respect. An outspoken advocate for children, health care and especially women's rights, she has waded through some pretty thick political muck to get where she is. Her struggle with finding her own voice in the shadow of a President as well as the many connections made with foreign leaders are serving her well as our current Secretary o...more
Lucy
I love Hillary. I think she is a great politician and a wonderful inspiration for young women with political aspirations.

Seriously though- she could have done so much better than Bill. I loved this book, until she met Bill.
Kim Miller-Davis
This book has been on my shelf forever (right next to all of the other books about the Clinton Presidency that I read a long time ago) so, in light of her possible second run for President and the amount of press her potential candidacy has generated as of late, I decided to pick it up and stick with it to the end. A quick disclaimer: I like Hillary Clinton. I liked her as a First Lady; I supported her bid for the Democratic nomination in 2008; and, most importantly, I think she is an incredible...more
Shirin Abdel Rahman
When her future mother in law meet her for the first time she did not know why her son who is well looking and a lawyer will marry such an ugly girl(after you read the book you will know why smart men marry Hillary and Jacqueline Kennedy and they do not marry Marline Monroe!)
I have never ever loved Hillary Clinton but after reading her biography i just realized that she is someone who deserve to be respected even if you did not like/agree with her.
she is definitely a woman of steel with a good c...more
Scott
Mar 17, 2008 Scott rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women's rights activists
Recommended to Scott by: Bill Clinton
I listened to this unabridged book as an audiobook.
It is read by Hill, herself.
I have to say honestly it was pretty uninspiring - until the end. There is a lot of name-dropping and place-dropping going on. This type of writing makes me cringe and always ask 'so what?'.
It does give her point of view nicely of all the scandals of her administration, and for that reason it's worth reading. It also essentially depicts herself as the second coming of Mother Theresa and Jackie Kennedy. Ummm, I just d...more
Rachel C.
When I think of Hillary's historical analogue, the person that comes to mind is no less than Elizabeth I. Hillary is strongly opinionated and polarizing, a trailblazer and a role model for feminists. She is an uncommon woman and she is living a historic life.

This is not a perfect book by any means. Hillary doesn't manage as strong a voice as Bill does in his. It's also clear that she's writing it in the middle of a political career instead of at the end of it. There were particular moments of ov...more
sendann
Ok let's agree that this is pretty schlocky incredibly long hunk of propaganda, and makes no attempt not to be. The main theme is hard to escape, which is that HRC wants to be elected president. But ok, once you accept that and keep reading, this book has got some awesome stories in it and the tone is playful and relatable. I pretty much love Hillary Rodham Clinton now. I'm the same age as Chelsea, and the politics of the 1990s really was a muttering backdrop to my growing up. I didn't really be...more
Ying Che
My mistake to pick up a memoir written by a politician who was still trying to climb up the ladder of power. In addition to telling life stories, a good memoir author should be able to honestly face the ultimate question from herself: who am I. In this book, however, there is only the person whom she wanted the public to think to be - credible, steady, intelligent and very devoted to family. I wonder if her PR has filtered the contents for better polls. But while she was busy justifying herself,...more
Sira
Living History is one of the books one could say so much about that it's hard to say anything at all.

It is the story of the life of one of the most fascinating women of our time: Hillary Clinton.

Not only did she live through times of profound changes (Vietnam, the end of segregation, the era of women making a living for themselves, to name just a few)but she is also married to one of the world's most prominent men and managed to make a name for herself as senator for the state of New York and la...more
Amanda
I really had a hard time with Hillary Clinton’s account of her years in the White House – at first. The beginning was slow and erratic, but eventually Clinton fell into a productive and thoughtful writing pattern. I’d read Bill Clinton’s My Life a few years ago and was interested to hear her side of the story. Most of all, I wanted to know the question that burns on most people’s minds – why did she stay in her marriage after Bill’s infidelity? Clinton’s thought process is most assuredly outline...more
Leanne
This woman has had an amazing life, experiencing the entirety of the world--literally every good and bad thing humanity has done in her lifetime! If she had only kept her presidential campaign focused with the wisdom of her life and invited Americans into the intimacy of that knowledge with the world stage, she would have won hands down. She certainly knew exactly what the nation was facing during the race because it mirrored Clinton's eight years in the White House! Why all of this was not the...more
Melissa Rochelle
1/23/09 - Hillary Clinton is an amazing woman and I'm really sad that I ever doubted her. Now that I've finished the book, I still think she would have made a great POTUS, but Secretary of State is definitely a great position for her. As First Lady she traveled all over the world to further the rights of women and she actually made progress! Toward the end of the book, I feel like she really flew through the last few years of her time at the White House, but it's better than what Bill did in My...more
Shana Duval
I was too young to have a real interest in the Clinton family during Bill Clinton’s presidency. But with the likelihood of Hillary being the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate I thought I’d learn a little more about the woman who might be the next leader of the free world.

Living History is Hillary Clinton’s autobiography focusing on her years in the White House as first lady. I enjoyed reading her point of view…a genuine, tell-all story ranging from the years of campaigning, the ugly scanda...more
Tara Giancaspro
Hillary (rightly so) spends much of this book sharing interactions with friends, dignitaries, and colleagues. The name-dropping can truly be overwhelming, as I found myself scrambling to remember the role of Bernie or Ira or Mandy. Despite this barrage of dates and people and places, I found myself not wanting to put the book down. On multiple days, I found that I had read near or over 100 pages in one sitting. I not only learned a lot about this fantastic woman, but about the world and cultures...more
Peggy
Basically, this book is Mrs. Clinton's experiences living history as the First Lady. The beginning of the book is about her early life and experiences, but the bulk of the book is the 8 years she was First Lady. Not only does she discuss her duties, she goes into detail about the pressures of working while the Starr investigation went on and handling her husband's unfaithfulness. I did enjoy reading it - and learned that First Ladies do much more than I ever thought! At places, I did get tired o...more
Louise
Excellent memoir written by the former First Lady herself. Hillary has written with clarity, intelligence and wit. Obviously a very well educated woman who takes any task at hand and attacks it with full vigor and belief.

She obviously loves Bill Clinton very much to have endured what she did during his years as President of the United States. She touches on the issues with Jennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky and explains her feelings regarding those issues and what led her to her decision to st...more
Odai Alsaeed
أكملت قراءة هذه السيرة الذاتية على مهل وضمن فترات متقطعة كوني لم أكن متحمسا لها لكن ما لفت نظري فيها هو كفاح هذه السيدة وأسلوبها العملي الصرف التي اتخذته طيلة حياتها..أكاد أجزم أنها كانت المحرك الأساسي المهم والأهم لتاريخ زوجها الذي حكم الولايات الامريكية لولايتين متعاقبة وهاهي ترشح نفسها الان لولاية قد يتحقق لها النصر فيها ..هلاري كلنتون شخصية تقترب من طموح الرجال يتضح ذلك حتى من ملابسها وعتاد حياتها ...لا أنكر أنني ضد توجهات الولايات في كل سياستها ضد الاخرين لكن طريق النجاح بمثابرة لايدخل ضمن...more
Jeni Enjaian
I appreciated this book more than I thought I would. Since I listened to it as an audiobook, I have to comment on the narration. It could have been done better. Often the narrator would pause at odd moments, unprompted by punctuation. (That is a slight assumption on my part since I didn't have the text in front of me.) Her general inflection also left something to be desired.
On the book itself:
A reader must approach this book with the knowledge that it is a memoir and this subject to bias, some...more
Rospoicha
read it to up my poli=personal knowledge of The Hillary.
it read easily, mostly flattering political building blather. i think its a savvy and dimensionalizing move to have written a memoir so early in the game.
it was nice to read a digestible semi-chronology of some of the Clinton admin...though in retrospect it makes me wonder more about the omissions. at least the Whitewater "issues" were clarified, and i don't think she can fudge those...
Asra Syed
There were some really interesting parts where she talked about women's and family issues when I couldn't put it down. But there were also some very tedious parts where she listed everyone she met and every place she went that I had to skim through at times. Overall, I'm glad I read it and I have a lot more respect for her and female politicians in general.
Andreea Andrei
Am iubit si am fost iubita; restul e muzica de fundal.
Kristine Nagamine
I love biographies and this was no exception. Hillary Clinton inspires me and this book elevated my level of admiration for her. Throughout the book it felt like Hillary was talking to the reader (me) and sharing her life's ups and downs in an intimate and honest way. She didn't hold back. She was sincere and I truly respect her as a woman, a wife, and a mother. She is passionate about her beliefs and it was so apparent in her biography. She is often treated unfairly in the media and it's a sham...more
Nadine
Really interesting review of a very ambitious woman. I can remember a bit about the Whitewatergate and Lewinski scandals, so it was interesting to hear about it again from an insider's perspective. It also confirmed my desire to never run for parliament!
Will Byrnes
The book can be tedious to read. She shows a serious lack of humor. There is speculation that it was ghost-written. I suppose one should read it to find out details. It was only ok. And I like Hillary.
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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving within the administration of President Barack Obama.

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