With the 2016 Presidential Election approaching, I wanted to read some books about Hillary Clinton to get more insight into her background and political career. WikiLeaks is releasing several private emails every day involving Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman John Podesta.  I picked this book up, along with three other books (Hillary’s Choice, The Case Against Hillary Clinton, and Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton) from the library.   These books reveal information that was already known before the WikiLeaks emails.  The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President details Hillary Clinton’s political scandals.

The Truth About Hillary Synopsis

The chapters in The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President are very short, 2-8 pages long.  Quotes from sources comprise much of the book.

The author, Edward Klein, briefly writes about Hillary’s childhood and her sexuality.  She is the eldest of three siblings with her being the only girl.  Her mother taught her never to allow anyone to hit her.  If someone hits you, hit back harder.  Hillary did just that many times, even fighting with boys.

Bill and Hillary’s Marriage

Bill and Hillary met at Yale Law School.  It was not a romantic relationship since there was no sexual attraction between them.  Hillary seemed not to want to have sex, and Bill had sexual relationships with many other girls.  Hillary was fine with this.  Both Hillary and Bill looked to each other to help with their individual political ambitions to get to the top.  They needed each other.

“Hillary hitched her star to the charismatic Bill Clinton.  She followed him back to Arkansas because, as she told several friends, she believed that he was going to be president one day.  According to the Reverend Don Jones, Hillary and Bill started plotting his run for the White House as early as 1982 – almost ten years before he actually declared his candidacy.” (p. 41)

Political advisors to Bill and Hillary hinted to them that having a baby would help their public image.  It wasn’t easy for them to get pregnant, so they went to a fertility specialist in California.  They were willing to go through this because both Bill and Hillary agreed that it wouldn’t look good politically for them not to have children.

Bill’s sexual infidelities had begun before he and Hillary got married.  Even back then, she would have her dad and brother keep an eye on and report on Bill’s romances.  Later, Hillary hired private investigators to watch Bill and continued this activity throughout their marriage.  She wants to make sure that it does not get out of control and ruin her career with political scandals.  When she thought the infidelities were becoming too public and too dangerous, she would have her employees remove the women by transferring them so that they wouldn’t be in direct contact with Bill.

Monica Lewinsky Scandal

When the Monica Lewinsky scandal became public, Hillary pretended that Bill’s infidelities hurt her, but it was all an act.  She needed to keep up her image.  The public sympathized with her and hated Bill for doing this to her.  However, we didn’t know at the time that Hillary knew about Bill’s infidelities all along and helped cover it up.  More political scandals are to come.

Of course, it was in Hillary’s interest to preserve the fiction that she didn’t know the truth about Bill’s philandering.  She found many creative ways to circulate the idea that she and Bill were a normal, happily married couple.  For instance, she would occasionally drop a tantalizing remark that all was sweetness and light in the presidential bedroom.  (p. 33)

After the scandals, Hillary is still gearing up for the road back to the White House.  Being the first woman President of the United is her ultimate goal, the goal she had since childhood.

My Review

The two primary emphases of the book are Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton’s impeachment.  The author dropped quotes about these subjects throughout the pages which made it difficult to follow the timeline of events.

There were too many quotes in The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President.  The words didn’t flow well with some parts confusing me.  Monica Lewinsky and the impeachment were mentioned over and over again when I thought we were past that time.

I believe that this is a good book for people who want to know the inside story of Hillary.  Most of the details I already knew from the media, but it was good to hear about what the people who worked close to her said about Hillary.  I also didn’t know anything about Hillary’s childhood.  It helps to understand her personality and why she is so ambitious with her political career.


The Truth About Hillary: What she knew, when she knew it, and how far she'll go to become President
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The Truth About Hillary: What she knew, when she knew it, and how far she'll go to become President
Hillary Rodham Clinton political ambition is to be the first woman President of the United States. The Monica Lewinsky scandal and Bill’s impeachment has hindered, but not ruined her success.

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