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It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us

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For more than twenty-five years, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has made children her passion and her cause. Her experience with children has strengthened her conviction that how children develop and what they need to succeed is inextricably entwined with the society in which they live and how well it sustains and supports its families and individuals. In other words, i ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published January 18th 1996 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1995)
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Have to say, I am an unabashed Hillary fan. But that said, I was a bit disappointed that this 10th anniversary edition of her groundbreaking book was not updated for 2007 audiences. The data and statistics are all woefully out of date (early nineties), and therefore do not provide any sort of meaningful trend analysis. Also, in a post September 11th world, I would have liked to hear Sen. Clinton's perspectives on raising children in a climate of terrorism, xenophobia and war. Overall, I would ha ...more
Jan 30, 2009 Nicole rated it did not like it
I couldn't even finish it--and that was before the whole Daddy Clinton with a Cigar in the White House fiasco. Yes, children are priceless, brilliant, beautiful treasures, but it really only takes two involved, self-respecting, loving parents to raise a child. The problem our children have in our country is that many parents are too damn lazy and expect other people--teachers, school counselors, day care centers, nannies, etc.--to raise their kids, and to teach them discipline and morals. Surpri ...more
Aug 27, 2007 Cippi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everybody
Inspiring, worth-reading. I vote Hillary for next US President
Nov 24, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote this book with her heart in the right place. I believe that she does have a lot of compassion for children. That being said, there were times that I had great difficulty reading her book about the well being of children, knowing that she was a war hawk in the US’s illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. On page 290 of her book, Clinton states that it is the responsibility of the government to “Keep America the world’s strongest force of peace, freedom, and prosperity.” Her ...more
Michelle Lemaster
Jan 02, 2009 Michelle Lemaster rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Wow! This book mad eme feel so separate from Hillary. I originally loved the idea of a woman in office based on Hillary's strong persona. Unfortunately, after reading this book, I really felt the difference in our class backgrounds. I felt that being women wasn't enough of a bond. To be honest, I was quite bored by her book. It was repetitive, and felt only like politics as usual. This book made me feel very disconnected from Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama's book, The Dreams of My Father had the ...more
May 17, 2008 Sabiel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: advocates for child welfare
Shelves: read-non-fiction
Although I admire Hill's dedication to children's issues, I found this book rather lacking. The prose is exceedingly dull, perhaps because she hired a ghostwriter as she did not have time to write the book herself. (This I can understand, as she was a trailblazing First Lady of the United States, traipsing the globe in advocacy of women and children.) The subsequent lack of passion (which is more visible in her oratory) is therefore painfully conspicuous.
Mar 04, 2016 Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
First of all, this is a misunderstood book.

Many people falsely assume that it's about how government or society is more important than family when it comes to the upbringing of children. Instead, the central thesis is that society has a crucial role in addition to that of a family when it comes to creating a safe and nurturing environment for children. And the corollary: that governments and policies should be judged by the impact that they have on our children.

Clinton includes a number of stati
Mar 24, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
I love the way Hillary writes. She is great at writing on a level that it feels she is really talking directly to the reader. I felt that this book gave a great sense of how we should be in our own country towards our children. It takes more than a mom and a dad to raise a well rounded child. It takes many others and it seems there are some areas of our country that lack these values.
Jun 24, 2008 Donna rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It reminds me of a time when people cared about other people and really put themselves in the place of the other before making decisions. We were a less selfish nation then.I really believe the "village principle".
Jul 26, 2007 Kelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-group-books
I really wanted to like it. And the first 30 or so pages were good. But she comes off as over-privileged and preachy.

I'll still vote for her if she gets the dem nom, of course.
Jul 14, 2014 Yoo-yoo rated it it was amazing
This book was written in 1996, during Bill Clinton's first term, and the title stuck with me until now, when I finally looked it up at my library and sat down to read it. I am glad I checked it out. It reminded me of many truths and considerations I knew growing up, but have forgotten in the day-to-day pettiness of life. It made me feel more grounded. There are many things we teach children about what is good and stable and how to be ready to deal with society and the outside world. I had forgot ...more
Vincent Novak
Apr 02, 2010 Vincent Novak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this book was published 14 years ago, and the generation of children (of which I was a part of circa 1996) Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks of, is now in early adulthood, the book's thesis that not only must society make accomodations for its children, but the parents of said children also, is still very relevant in 2010. I grew up in a small town not unlike the ideal "village" portrayed by Mrs. Clinton. I was raised by a single divorcee mom was very conservative in her parenting methods. ...more
Oct 04, 2007 Kelly rated it it was ok
when you work, work hard. when you play, play hard. and don't confuse the two. -Mr. Rodham

"you can't roll up your sleeves and get to work if you're still wringing your hands."

.. the sight of baby carriages left unattended outside stores on the streets of copenhagen said more to me about the safety of danish babies than any research.

there is not one civilization, from the oldest to the newest, from which we cannot learn. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

when parents talk to their babies, they are feeding the
Song Medina-Babijes
Aug 10, 2013 Song Medina-Babijes rated it it was amazing
I came across Hillary Clinton’s book 2 years ago at a book sale and was intrigued by the title of the book. Thinking it was a sort of autobiography, I learned that the title was derived from an old African saying, “it takes a village to raise a child”. The old adage simply means that a child is not only raised by his parents alone but is also “raised” by other important actors in the community such as friends, school, and village elders—figures that contribute to the total well-being of a child. ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Robyn rated it it was amazing
Considering I spent years in the Conservative community, where people who never read this book joked about & condemned it without having read it, I had never bothered to read it in the 90s. It's been on my "to read" pile a couple of years now, and I decided if there was ever a time to read it, that time has come.

Regardless how one feels about Hillary's ambition or political tactics, this book is worthy of being judged on its own merit. It has plenty of wisdom to offer for every time and plac
I read this book twenty years ago, in 1996. I don't remember the details, but I do remember the theme: government. Lots and lots of government. Federal government in particular. Federal government programs, funded by federal taxes. Federal regulations, too, and federal over site. This lady said 'federal' more times than Bernie Sanders says "yuuuggggeeee!"

It would appear, baring some Black Swan event, that Secretary/Senator/First Lady Hillary Clinton will become the nominee for the Democratic Pa
Russell Fox
Why did I re-read this book? Perhaps because Hillary Clinton has, say, a 70% of being our next president, and I thought it would be valuable to compare what she wrote 20 years ago to what she focuses on in her speeches and stated priorities today. But mostly I read it because I'm working on a history of communitarianism, and while Hillary Clinton was never any kind of political theorist, much less a communitarian one, her language in this book is simply drenched with a certain kind of progressiv ...more
Debolina Raja Gupta
Jul 05, 2011 Debolina Raja Gupta rated it it was amazing
An amazing book about how the whole universe conspires to create the right ambience for a child to grow up in. Hilary Rodham Clinton uses examples from real everyday life to tell us how each one of us is responsible towards the proper growth and development of our little ones into good and mature human beings. Life is an experience, and it takes the whole village and community to make this life fulfilling and learning for our little ones.

A must-read.
May 01, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it
I liked it but my friends didn't so much. However, it's a good book club pick. Our book club quote-of-the-year came from this book -

"It just goes to show that a bad book doesn't make for a bad book club meeting."
Aug 01, 2007 Gayle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting discussion of public policy, developmental and educational psychology. Nothing much new, though. I was disappointed because I'd hoped to get a better insight into Hillary, the person.
Keren A.
It is politically convenient to ignore perspectives from politicians (or people in general) with whom we assume to disagree with. In politics, I think there is an even greater belief that if we disagree (particularly, strongly) with someone, they must be deficient in all other areas, as well. But it is not always socially expedient to practice such an existence, and when considering how we can best work together to foster human flourishing as much as is possible, we would be remiss to ignore the ...more
J. Danielle Wingler
This book is specific to the mid-1990s with a focus on video games and TV influence on children as well as statistics from the 70's, 80's, and early 90's. Overall the book addresses problems that are occurring now with child-rearing, development, and resources. I enjoyed reading Mrs. Clinton's early views on political events and issues, but there is a difference between her voice in this book and the book she has most recently released ("Hard Choices"). I would recommend it to anyone interested ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it
This book has been on my shelf for a long time; I found it at my mother's house a couple of years ago. I read it mostly to get rid of it, but now I am thinking of keeping it. Although some of it is dated (it was published in 1996), most of Hillary's opinions are universal and backed up by studies and statistics and historical references. She also includes anecdotes from her own childhood, along with Bill's and Chelsea's. For me, much was common sense, but still interesting. The book is well-writ ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it
I’ve always felt conflicted about Hillary. There are times I see her as a woman with a family who has faced struggles in her life that are not all that different from myself. Then there are moments when I think she is a stone cold harridan who manipulates the system in order to gain as much power as possible.

As I read this book, however, I was solidly on her side. Who wouldn’t be (well, besides Ann Coulture)? Putting children first, promoting early education programs and daycare assistance, hel
Jun 27, 2014 Brianna rated it liked it
I liked most of the ideas presented in this book. Her intention was certainly in the right place. The importance of community cannot be overstated. That being said, it was difficult to get through considering the inadequacy of many of the programs she laid out - did they work? Are they still working? Her traditionalist view of marriage was also troublesome. Yet, all in all, this book was important at its time. I would love to see it adapted for today.
Martine Taylor
Mar 16, 2016 Martine Taylor rated it liked it
I really like the idea that a presidential hopeful studied and wrote about child development. While I find that so refreshing, my reaction to this book is mixed. Some of the statistics, issues, and solutions seemed dated, over-simplified, and at their worst like political plugs. Didn't hear many surprises or revolutionary policy suggestions, though I agreed with plenty of the generalizations.
Jul 23, 2014 Chloe rated it liked it
I actually didn't make it to the end of this one, which is unusual for me. Parts of this I really enjoyed- they were the parts where she referenced her and her husbands childhoods, their ancestors, how they raised their own child. All the anecdotal stuff basically. I also liked when she referenced actual research to back up her arguments (even though it's pointless now given that's it's all from 1995) but what I couldn't stand was the constant "things have been great since my husband brought in ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Drusilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No matter your political views this book hits it dead on. IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO help raise children...... Published in 1995, I think a lot of the info is commonplace now. Sadly the US is still lacking in solving the problems. Worthwhile to read and think about.
Daniel Threlfall
Jan 19, 2016 Daniel Threlfall rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Clinton's book discusses the way we as a nation treat children, and the way we need to improve both from a personal and a policy standpoint. I realize it's an older book, but Clinton seems to have a conservative approach to home, faith, and family.

Good book, but not a great book.
Jan 06, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
Hillary's thoughts on how our communities can/should support families and the task of raising children (investing in the next generation) is just as relevant today as it was 18 years ago. The updated version gives a bit of insight into how our political system has failed to foster solutions to deal with these issues over the last two decades. But honestly, I'd like her to write a whole new book on the subject. With the coming of the information age, there are many benefits and drawbacks to be di ...more
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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.

She was a Senator from the state of New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of the 42nd, President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, Hillary served as First Lady from 1993 to 2001. In the 2008 election Clinton was a leading ca
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