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Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

by Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes

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As Hillary Clinton herself struggles to understand "What Happened" in her new book – and blames everything and everybody from James Comey to Russians to misogyny to Bernie Sanders – "Shattered" offers another point of view: Hillary's problem was Hillary herself.

The authors had previously written a sympathetic biography of her at the State Department, "HRC," which gained them access to the campaign. They were able to talk to staffers off the record as long as they didn't reveal anything before the election. If they could have, the narrative would've changed.

Hillary starts under the cloud of the email server debacle, and it never really gets much better. She is angry at her staff for being unable to formulate a statement of Hillary’s reason for running – but they can’t because she doesn’t really have one. She’s deep into policy, but short on likeability. People don’t trust her, and haven’t for more than two decades.

In short, she’s her own worst enemy. And yet, as a Clinton, she expected to win. And when it wasn’t going her way, she blamed.

To be fair, the tales of backstabbing and turf wars could probably be told about any major campaign. But hers were particularly interesting because the tiffs set up old-style politicians (like Bill) against new-age analytics gurus (like campaign manager Robby Mook). Decisions were made with faulty premises, and the voting reflected that. For example, the candidate never visited true-blue Wisconsin, either in the primary or the general campaign. And she lost both times.

There are plenty of revelations in this book, and although the tone is sympathetic toward Hillary, there is one fact the authors do drive home: In a climate of rising populism, both within the Democratic party and the nation at large, Hillary was the wrong candidate for the wrong time.

I received this book through Penguin Random House’s Blogging for Books program. For more of my reviews, visit Ralphsbooks. ( )
1 vote ralphz | Sep 12, 2017 |
Political aficionados will love this deep-dive into one of the most stunning presidential elections in American history. This comprehensive work serves up the story-behind-the-story every several pages. News junkies won't find this work repetitive. Instead, they'll relish the new layers of information and context that are provided for events that they followed during the twist-filled campaign. True, some will be troubled by the fact that virtually all of the sources included in this riveting story are not identified. The authors wisely address this issue right the start. They argue that this was the only way to get sources to candidly provide this warts and all overview. This is an exceptionally well-written and well-researched book that provides valuable insights into the Clintons, their campaign strategists and the Democratic Party. ( )
  brianinbuffalo | Aug 11, 2017 |
Reading this incredibly reported book is like watching an automobile accident in slow motion: the implosion of the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign. The authors leave to others to explain why Trump won, the authors of this book use "off the record" interviews to reconstruct in real time and in hindsight the faulty decisions and exercises in bad judgment that led to one of the biggest surprise outcomes in US election history. ( )
  kenkarpay | Jul 12, 2017 |
"Shattered" is a decent read if you're interested in how the 2016 presidential campaign gave the country such a frightful result. Lots of characters, lots of intrigue, tons of bad decisions.... what could go wrong?

The writing is generally fine but there's an awful lot of conjecture and opinion for a non-fiction book. In certain sections, you shake your head and wonder how something like what's described could happen, yet you may not be dealing with an actual fact so it may not have really happened like that.

Anyway, political junkies should like 'Shattered' but die-hard Hillary supporters probably won't. Personally, I liked the behind-the-scenes peek at how the sausage is made, but in politics as in encased meat production, it's not pretty. ( )
1 vote gmmartz | Jun 9, 2017 |
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign is an insightful and unflinching look at the failings of the candidate and her campaign. Well-written and fast-paced, the book covers it all, including Clinton's inability to articulate why she was running; her inherent weaknesses as a presidential candidate; the dysfunctional infighting within the campaign heirarchy; the e-mail server scandal and the inability to properly address it; the overreliance on polling analytics; the failure to heed warnings that polls did not fully account for a small but critical element of Trump support; the Comey effect; and the crucial homestretch in which the Trump campaign outmaneuvered the Clinton campaign, saw the slim Rust Belt path to Electoral victory, and eked out the presidency. The 2016 election will be analyzed and dissected for decades to come; this is a worthy first entry in that canon. ( )
  ghr4 | Jun 5, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553447084, Hardcover)

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.

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