American Evita: Hillary Clinton's Path to Power

American Evita: Hillary Clinton's Path to Power

by Christopher Andersen


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Drawing on archives, oral history collections, and interviews with anonymous sources (including current Washington, DC officials), a former Time and People magazine editor offers a rather unflattering portrait of arguably America's most controversial woman. Andersen reveals details of former First Lady /now Senator Clinton's political ambitions, and her relationships with former President Bill Clinton (emphasizing his affairs) and other pictured leaders. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13: 9780062420336
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Christopher Andersen is the critically acclaimed author of twenty-eight books, which have been translated into more than twenty-five languages worldwide. A former contributing editor of Time magazine and senior editor of People magazine, Andersen has also written hundreds of articles for a wide range of publications, including Life magazine, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair.

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American Evita
Hillary Clinton's Path to Power

Chapter One

The White House
Friday, January 19, 2001

Hillary Clinton was furious. Furious at the U.S. Supreme Court for handing the presidency to George W. Bush. Furious at George W. Bush for pushing his obvious advantage in Florida (where his brother was governor) to wrest control of that state's decisive electoral votes, and furious at Al Gore for blaming his defeat on the Clintons' own scandal-stained reputation.

In these waning days of their administration, the one person she was not furious at -- for a change -- was her husband. Throughout their marriage, it had always been Bill who screwed up and Hillary who came to the rescue. She had chosen to overlook his myriad past indiscretions as governor of Arkansas, and during their eight years in the White House stood squarely with Bill in the face of Whitewater and Travelgate and Filegate and Vince Foster and Paula Jones and the mother of all Clinton scandals, Monicagate. Hillary, in fact, went far beyond merely standing by her man. It was the First Lady who confronted each crisis head-on, master minding legal strategies and mounting counterattacks to debunk charges and discredit those with the audacity to have made them.

Now it was Bill's turn, and he did not have to be told what was expected of him. For years, White House staffers had been murmuring about "The Plan," the long-standing agreement that, once the Clintons left the White House, they would reverse roles: in return for all the sacrifices Hillary had made over the years -- all the dreams and ambitions put on hold, not to mention the heartache and searing humiliation she had had to endure because of his rampant womanizing -- Bill would throw himself behind his wife's political career. If all went according to The Plan, he would return to the White House as America's first First Gentleman. Hillary had already taken a step toward making The Plan a reality; just sixteen days earlier, she had been sworn in as the junior United States senator from New York -- the only First Lady ever elected to office.

It would be hard to overstate the potential historic significance of The Plan. After all, only the first half had been implemented thus far. If all went according to schedule, Hillary would serve two terms in the White House -- a combined total of sixteen years during which the Clintons would share power in the Oval Office. That would far outdistance the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt, who was elected to serve sixteen years but died after twelve. Constitutionally, there was nothing to prohibit a continuation of the informal, his-and-hers "co-presidency" the Clintons had always practiced.

In the meantime, there were some pressing issues to contend with -- foremost among them the President's eleventh-hour deal to avoid prosecution in the Monica Lewinsky case. In secret meetings with independent counsel Robert W. Ray, Bill had hammered out an arrangement whereby he would admit to wrongdoing, pay a $25,000 fine, and agree to have his Arkansas law license suspended for five years. Hillary worked with her husband on characteristically contorted wording of his so-called confession. "I tried to walk a fine line between acting lawfully and testifying falsely," he admitted, "but I now recognize that I did not fully accomplish this goal and that certain of my responses to question about Ms. Lewinsky were false."

Neither Hillary nor Bill gave the slightest indication that, behind closed doors at the White House, they had been negotiating with Ray for weeks in a desperate effort to stave off indictment. During that time, Hillary and Bill had smiled gamely through countless farewell parties, pumped the hands of hundreds of staff member and supporters, and churned out a steady stream of heartfelt thank-you notes. Tonight, their last in the White House, they would drag themselves to one last, emotion-charged function -- this one an engagement party for her longtime press aide Kelly Craighead. "He could barely stand up, he looked so tired," said a guest. "But Hillary, even though she had bags under her eyes and had been working just as hard as he had, well, she looked energized."

Hillary looked so energized, in fact, that when several aides fantasized about playing some sort of practical joke on "W" and his incoming administration, Hillary nodded her approval. "Wouldn't it be hysterical," she said with a wry smile, "if someone just happened to remove all the w's from the computer keyboards?" Taking Hillary at her word, outgoing staffers dashed from office to office plucking the offending w keys from scores of keyboards. Others went much further, pouring coffee into file cabinets overturning desks, leaving X-rated messages on voice-mail machines, soiling carpets, tinkering with computers, and drawing obscene pictures on office walls. (Unlike Hillary, Tipper Gore would later apologize for the vandalism of government property and the disrespect shown toward the incoming president and his family.)

While younger staffers carried out what they believed to be the First Lady's wishes, Bill, who had insisted on packing up the Oval Office himself, raced to meet the deadline. Hillary, as organized and punctual as her husband was chronically tardy (for eight years the administration ran on what was derisively known as "Clinton time"), spent what little time remained walking the halls of the residence. The walls leading to the third-floor solarium, a glassed-in room on the south side of the building, were papered with framed family photographs: a tutu-wearing Chelsea fresh after her performance in The Nutcracker, the Clintons sitting at a picnic table, Hillary and Chelsea sharing a hammock. Hillary looked out over the pink geraniums on the terrace, toward the Washington Monument. Next to Chelsea's Beanie Baby collection were several colorfully painted Russion nesting dolls, each fashioned in the image of the Reagans, Bushes, and the Clintons ...

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Hillary Clinton's Path to Power
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book some time ago, but just got around to reading it - perhaps in light of the current political situation. It seems to me that with all the documented evidence the author provides, most of it must be true. If this lady is elected President, I think people in this country will wake up the next morning and say, 'What have we done???'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hillary Clinton is nothing but a skank just trying to get higher power. I guess being a former first lady wasnt enough for her, so she goes for the senate. And like that also wasnt good for her, so she gets elected secretary of state from 2008-2012 and NOW shes going to run for president in 2016! Whats next? Our countries new Dictater? She is AWFUL! She is the new angilena jolie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few years ago and loved it then. I am currently re-reading it you know just to make sure that my next vote for president is a solid decision. This book is really a tell all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whoa! I would find it hard to believe that all the people that contributed evidence to this book have a vendetta big enough to have made this all up. And if they do, then I wonder what it is. And yes, we are given so many examples of what can be made up in politics simply for appearances or pursuit of power's sake. What I learned from this book is everything that I don't want to be or stand for in my life let alone support in an elected official. Somehow, I think having read this book will help me make myself a better person and hopefully do a better job of voting for our nation.
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ennie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Published in 2004, this was not very flattering to Hillary. Several days after finishing, the things that stick in my mind are: 1) The student-era dark-haired Hillary who wore large glasses allegedly did not bathe often, and 2) The Clintons supposedly did not want a Democratic victory in 2004 as that would make it harder for Hillary to run in 2008. I do not know if any of this is actually true.
mramos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Journalist Anderson argues that Bill Clinton and his wife, New York senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, are engaged in a long-term plan to win the presidency for Mrs. Clinton and a Supreme Court position for the former chief executive. I am sure no one ever doubted that they had planned to be in the White House for sixteen years. Though I could never in my wildest dreams see former President Clinton appointed to the Supreme Court. You will read information that shows who Hillary really is. The book does re-hash some of their old and known crimes, and illuminates more details. And more importantly we see just how ruthless Hillary really is. This book supports the allegations that Mrs. Clinton does not represent the democrats or any other party or person then herself. And she will destroy anyone who gets in her way. Hillary has spent years learning to hide who she really is from many. All this in an effort to try and make herself electable for public office. There is no question that she is intelligent, but very self-serving. If people knew what she really believed in, she would have even had lost Bill Clinton the White House. As this book is about Mrs. Clinton, be warned it does contain some of the strong language she is well known for. Yet still, this is a must read.
Yoshikawa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Get to know Hillary Clinton and some of the things that have happened in her past, present, and what she will want to do once she becomes president. I found this book very chilling and astonishing. A must read for anyone who plans on thinking about Hillary for this upcoming election
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Hilarious! This tells it all!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shallow and predictable written for specific audience.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My aunt gave me this book, hoping to open my eyes and reconsider my Liberal tendencies. All this book did was reinforce my stand as a Democrat. The author states every insinuation, rumor and scandal as fact. With all of the purported 'evidence' in this book, it's a miracle that the Clintons have escaped prison. I came away from this book with the clear understanding that whenever a woman has more brains, charisma, and daring than most men in politics today, then those same men will do pretty much everything they can to bring her down. This book is not worth the paper it was printed on and though I understand we do have freedom of speech, I can't believe that this drivel was allowed to be published. I would have respected the author more if he had written about the good the Clintons did during their two terms in the White House as well as the bad. The only people who would honestly believe every word in this book are right-wing conservatives who hate the Clintons for not being as prejudiced and biased as they are. Do yourself a favor and do your research on the Clintons via internet and your local library. You'll be better informed and not as paranoid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I am not an expert on the Clintons, I have taken a graduate course on the American president, of which I focused my readings on them. After reading 15 or so books on the Clintons, I found this one to be nothing more than an attack on the Clintons. This lurid piece of journalism lacks overall veracity and its sources are quite questionable. Not only did this book make Hillary out to be a power hungry, money driven, iconoclastic woman, but it cast former President Clinton in a light that compromised the basic respect every American should have for past Presidents. Not only are there countless books about this couple that mention nothing of what this author purports, but he finds the most minute details about Hillary¿s own words (mostly written in her memoirs) and makes then in to grand coincidences and epiphanies. If you are planning to read this book and you are a fan of, or even ambivalent to, the Clintons, don¿t waste your money on this book. If you are a member of the 'vast right wing conspiracy' that everyone knows exists, read it because it is just the stuff that you love (lies and deception).
andrewAP More than 1 year ago
is not a good book i just read 50 pages & it looks to me so fictionally i'm not a hillary fan in fact i don't like her but the fact that he don't mention his sources or not even tell who give he that information is look to me that he could make up things he writte things that is see so personal that i don't belive in fact he could know that