Do we really need another Hillary Clinton book? Until this time last week, I truly had my doubts. My advance copy of Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox sat on my coffee table, touched in a desultory fashion at quiet moments, but largely neglected as I obsessively pursued the mad drama of the race: tweeting and retweeting during debates and posting, on various social media platforms, the rallies and serial interviews.
had my doubts until last week. When the campaign teams and their press
corps flew to New Hampshire before the flakes of the blizzard flew in
Iowa, Hillary's hair-breadth victory in the caucuses slid into the rear
view mirror. The press hit the tarmac running, and suddenly the New
Hampshire voters were under the microscope.
Many maintained up
through the last moments that they were undecided - some undecided about
even which primary they would choose to participate in. But some, a
dedicated and enthusiastic contingent, confidently stated that they
would vote for Bernie Sanders even when they were unable to articulate
what socialism is. Most were young, and their reason (singular) was his
plan for free college as often as not. As Tuesday, primary day, drew
near, the determination of that demographic to back Bernie was clear,
and the negative comments I heard regarding Hillary were often flimsy at
best and ill-informed and incorrect at worst.
So we do need
another Hillary book. Joanne Conrath Bamberger has gathered a
collection of essays by a variety of women of who speak from a broad
swath of generations and experiences. They represent a kind of
examination of conscience vis-à-vis Hillary and her candidacy. Speaking
from many points of view, they present their personal experiences of
The essays are concise, you can read one in a
short sitting and needn't go in any special order. They are honest,
reflective, and reasoned. In many ways they remind me of my Facebook
friends during the 2008 primaries who would say: "Hillary is just like
me." They would proceed to list things they had in common with Hillary,
and everyone had different things in common with her. Hillary
once said she is a Rorshach Test. People look at her and see something
of themselves or their attitudes. This is what we see in these essays
along with excellent reasons for standing firm behind Hillary Clinton.
we need this book has become clear in the wake of the New Hampshire
primary this week. It was not only the young who turned toward Bernie.
Mothers and grandmothers did, too. This book has reasons for everyone to look again at Hillary and to recommit.
you know a young millennial person who needs to be better informed,
there are essays here for her. If your sister or neighbor has been
swept onto the Bernie bus, there are essays for the lapsed Hillary
supporter too. It goes without saying that this is also an excellent
book for fence sitters.
So, yes, we do need another Hillary book right now, and this is the one. I recommend it as a great gift for Presidents' Day!
Preview the book here >>>>
See the C-Span Book Discussion with Joanne Bamberger and several of the authors >>>