"HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton" by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes is a riveting, almost-impossible-to-put-down chronicle of the five years in the life of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that begins with her loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential primaries and ends with her departure from the Department of State in early 2013 with the ashes of Benghazi just beginning to be sifted and her campaign for the presidency just beginning to take shape. It is a must read for conservatives --an indispensable guide to Hillaryland, the Planet Bill and the vast Clinton Universe which now looms over the country like a political death star. Allen and Parnes have done the GOP a favor: They have given it a map. Now the GOP must study it.
Part of that map emerges because of what isn't detailed in the book. The gaps are revealing --very revealing. They point us to what Hillaryland fears most. Allen and Parnes had lots and lots of access to almost everyone in Hillaryland -- Chelsea and Huma Abedin, Hillary's "second daughter" seem to be the only major figures in the drama they didn't talk with directly and at length-- but everyone else gave them their takes on the five years in question, and from those vast hours of interviews comes the first comprehensive account of what went on at State from the time "HRC" walked in the doors.
I taped my three hour interview with Allen Wednesday, and will air the first two hours today and hour three tomorrow --a classic radio tease, that-- and Allen's voice is almost gone because of book tour talking. (You can listen online at HughHewitt.com from 7 to 9 PM Eastern if the show isn't on in your market, and on AM 1260 inside the Beltway.)
So perhaps was his resistance to conservative probes was as shot as his vocal chords, because his candid, often very surprising answers and agreements will render a verdict on Hillary's tenure at State you won't want to miss, which is why you want to read the book. The interview should alert you to the book's value to conservatives, but it has to be read to be appreciated, for Hillaryland's strengths and weaknesses to be understood at least in part.
Hillary failed at State. She failed spectacularly, and in almost every undertaking. She failed in Libya, which was to have been her capstone achievement and instead became the specter that rightly haunts her ambitions.
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