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Book Beat: A Woman in Charge

Book Beat: A Woman in Charge



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I enjoyed Carl Bernstein's book about Hilary Clinton more than I thought I would and probably less than Carl thought I should. I've never met an author more confident in his abilities than Carl Bernstein, but then again, maybe that's the kind of hutzpah it takes to uncover a Watergate.

This is the story of perhaps the most well-known woman in the world, a woman more talked about, more hated and respected, than any other woman alive, even Paris Hilton. Bernstein argues that in light of that fact, and in light of the possibility that she may be the first female president, we ought to know something more about her - who she is really.

You learn about her family in this book, her abusive father and pained mother, her wayward brothers, her uncle's suicide. You learn that she used to lie about why her parents named her Hilary. It wasn't after the guy who climbed Mount Everest like she used to tell everyone. Her mother just thought it sounded like a family name. You learn that Hilary was Jackie Kennedy Onassis' favorite first lady and that the two spoke often.

The book is probably 200 pages longer than it needs to be, but I can imagine any editor had a heckuva time telling Carl Bernstein anything. But it's interesting, and worth your time. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio, I'm Amanda Dickson.

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