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Living History

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  26,800 Ratings  ·  1,027 Reviews
A surprisingly engaging and, at points, even compelling book...Clinton provides enough of a peek behind the curtain to keep the pages turning and presents intriguing new details on her role in shaping the policies of her husband's presidency.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is known to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Yet few beyond her close friends and family have
Paperback, 567 pages
Published April 19th 2004 by Scribner (first published December 23rd 2003)
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Alex This memoir is mostly about her time as a first lady. There are about four chapters about her life prior to becoming first lady, which set the scene.…moreThis memoir is mostly about her time as a first lady. There are about four chapters about her life prior to becoming first lady, which set the scene. The vast majority is about her time as first lady.(less)
| Sarah No, but you may want to haul yourself away from this book based on your profile picture.

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Mar 10, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read..interesting history lesson and life on being a first lady....(paperback!)
Luís C.
Far from wanting to influence public opinion of the American people, I think Hillary has everything it takes to be the first woman president of this country. A positive attitude, easy to communicate, commitment to what they do, flexibility and adaptation to adversity, know how to manage, with priorities, the working group are many of the features that Hillary presents.

I think this book is a good start to get to know better the political activity (if it is not already well known), by Hillary Cl
Diane Wallace
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read! interesting history lesson and life on being a first lady (paperback!)
Rebecca Foster
I may be showing my political colors with this choice. Yes, I also eagerly devoured both of Barack Obama’s books in 2006–7. However, in my defense, I have also read memoirs by Laura Bush and Sarah Palin, both of which, like this, are rumored to have been ghostwritten. (In her acknowledgments Clinton mentions Lissa Muscatine as “Responsible for many of the words in my speeches as First Lady and in this book”.)

The first few chapters, about Clinton’s early years and college days, are rather ploddin
Emily Turner
Sep 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
I LOVE bios and I did enjoy this one. You just have to take it for what it 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
Scott Holstad
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I did not realize how badly I wanted to see a woman president until I listened to this book on audio and listened to her voice and fell in love with Hillary Clinton and started crying (lots of times throughout). It's really interesting to hear about all of the scandals during the Clinton presidency from the other side and then to compare them to what's happening now. Things like Whitewater are infinitesimal compared to Halliburton, but the amount of attention they are paid are totally out of wha ...more
Jan 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2005, biography
[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
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Breen Quinn
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
9/25 Q's

Meh. This was okay...for a biography.

I, Quinn Breen, do solemnly vow, that I shall never read another biography, memoir, or autobiography.

As I sit here in guidance class thinking about this book I want to vomit. Hillary gets SO DISTRACTED. She'll mention a business or something and then go into the history of it and how she knew the owner or something and she wouldn't get back to the topic for like six pages.

It was also very information/fact-packed so it was impossible to read through i
Ying Che
Nov 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
My wife and I listened to this book on our 2,000 mile trip to the east coast. My guess is that Hillary Clinton is a introvert and Bill is an extrovert. Bill is energized by people and Hillary is drained. For me, this is only explanation as to why so many people hate her. She has learned to overcome some of her shyness, but people don't seem to warm up to her easily. After listening to this book, I find Hillary to be a warm, caring individual committed to helping others.

Hillary tells the story o
Val Penny
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Living History is the first auto-biography written by Hillary Clinton. She is known to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Yet few beyond her close friends and family have ever heard her account of her extraordinary journey. This memoir of United States Senator from New York and former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Living History was published in 2003 in the wake of those leaked revelations about Bill Clinton's last-minute confession of his affair with Mon
So this took forever, but it was an enjoyable companion. I decided to listen to it in Spanish, because I'll need to use my Spanish for the new job I'm starting in a month, and I never read (or listen) to something in Spanish whose plot I don't already vaguely know. Hillary's pre-Senate life was less known to me than I had anticipated, but the bones were there and my Spanish compensated where something about which I knew very little (like Whitewater) came up. I must say, Spanish really humanized ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book was very historically interesting. I didn't know how much she fought for women's rights and for children's welfare (welfare reform period). She went through a lot and stayed strong. I admire her.
Lariza Agius
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished my first ever biography! And I'm thankful that I have chosen one of Clinton's! A beautifully written biography! Hillary's writing is simple and very easy to understand, her life is sure a hell of a ride! Can't wait to read more of her books 😊 I love how she supports women rights which are equal to human rights, in this biography it shows feminism and more.
Kim Miller-Davis
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to another of my misguided attempts at a book review. A declaration: I’m not a Democrat, a Republican, or a Let’s Have More Guns Party. I’m an Aussie...but don’t hold that against me.

When this is only my second biography (Prof. Julius Sumner Miller was first) you might ask, why Hillary?

I have a vague interest in politics, but unfortunately, the Australian political scene is like a Punch and Judy show (apologies to P and J), Pommy (UK) politics is painfully boring, European politics is to
Shirin Abdel Rahman
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies
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
Will Byrnes
Oct 25, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
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.
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, non-fiction, usa
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.
I read this book a month before the 2016 Presidential Election because Hillary Rodham Clinton is the candidate I am voting for. I have been incredibly inspired by her campaign, especially as the first woman to make it this far, and have been following it closely. I wanted to learn more about the life of the person I hope and believe will be our next President.

This is the first political book I have EVER read. I found it surprisingly readable, which is really saying something since it's incredibl
Rudy Lopez
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Before Hillary Rodham Clinton became Secretary of State for the United States of America in 2009 I picked up this volume for 50¢ from our local library while it was purging itself of rarely read books – a practice all too common these days. It was as if the library had decided that she was, indeed, history. Nothing could have been further from the truth. History does not tend to remember presidential contenders who were unsuccessful in their bid for the White House but she will be remembered for ...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 personable a tone as Bill does in his. (But that's a high bar. Bill Clinton is, by all accounts, a tremendously charismatic person and any ghostwriter worth his salt should h
Melissa Rochelle
May 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, own
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
Apr 06, 2016 marked it as abandoned
I admire the hell out of Hillary Rodham (Clinton), but this was the most tactfully dull autobiography I ever attempted. It's not so much that I was looking for anything bizarre: she's on the Wonk end of the political spectrum, which gets shit done, but tends to avoid amazing soundbites. What I miss is her sense of humor. Her first job our of school was working to impeach Nixon. Let's revel in that irony.

[If you find a copy nearby, do check out the photographs. There's a really funny one of her o
Nov 29, 2007 rated it liked it
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
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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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