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Shattered, Book Review

Shattered by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

About the Book: It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary’s campaign–the candidate herself.

Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the authors’ deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC, Shattered will offer an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders.

Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign’s difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.

My Thoughts: November’s election was crazy. For months previous the news was all about it. There always seemed to be new drama between the two candidates and the supporters of each fighting about how the other person’s favorite was worse. Even with all that though I was still interested in an election book. First of all let me say this book is extremely interesting, but very biased. It seems that no credit is given to Bernie Sanders for running his campaign, and there is no mention of the drama surrounding the Clinton campaign in the primaries. Of course the email issue is blamed on Russia, and there isn’t any real responsibility taken for the content of the emails, just mentioned as blaming someone else that they were found. There are many things just like the two mentioned that are in the book but not really explained. This book would be great but it’s just so biased towards one view of the election and who’s to blame.


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