Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

Shattered Inside Hillary Clinton s Doomed Campaign It was never supposed to be this close And of course she was supposed to win How Hillary Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails For every

  • Title: Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
  • Author: Jonathan Allen Amie Parnes
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  • Page: 368
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  • 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 theIt 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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    1. As JFK liked to say, “Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” And he was right, for nobody wishes to take responsibility when things go wrong. On the other hand, people in politics—particularly Democratic politics—delight in blaming each other, happy to take part in a circular firing squad. Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, a book based primarily on sources speaking on “background” from 2014 on, inevitably takes on something of that “firing sq [...]

    2. This is a good book for anyone who follows American politics.Shattered tells the story of Hillary Clinton's campaign for U.S. president in 2016. As someone who voted for Hillary and was devastated by her loss, reading this book was akin to dumping a big bottle of lemon juice on a gaping wound. But, angst be damned, the insider stories were so interesting that I raced through it in two days. Like a lot of Hillary supporters, I'm still trying to understand what went wrong on Nov. 8. There is no on [...]

    3. I'm going to save you the agony of reading this disappointing book by summarizing the authors' assessment of Hillary's loss in a few bullet points. In short, Hillary Clinton:-was a victim of the ineptitude of her campaign staff, particularly Robbie Mook. -lost the election because of James Comey (The authors go way out of their way to place nearly complete culpability onto his shoulders)-lost the election because of Bernie Sanders-lost the election because of the Russians-lost the election becau [...]

    4. I love politicsI love politics even when I hate it.Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign, is an insiders look at Hillary Clinton's 2016 run for President. As everyone knows Secretary Clinton lost to President Grab em by the Pussy. The book paints a picture of a campaign that was doomed from the beginning. They just couldn't catch a break, the press fawned over President Pussy, The Russians hacked and smeared her, and James Comey put his thumb on the scale.Now I must confess I'm not [...]

    5. Hindsight is 20/20 so it’s easy now to see the signs that portended Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid, but, in the months leading up to Election Night 2016, I don’t remember anyone seriously thinking Trump would win. She’s got this – OF COURSE Hillary’s gonna win. The infamous “grab the pussy” tape, those embarrassing debates Trump clearly lost where he looked like the barely-literate buffoon he is? Come on. It’s a formality. And Trump implying that he would contest the [...]

    6. The blurb says it all. I won't try to improve on it. This is just my experience of the book.The book is not an 'anti-leftist' book, as all my latest reads (with more to come, so bite me). Reading them all does not make me the most popular person in the neighborhood. From experience I know I will lose a few friends. Not because I did something wrong, or perhaps I did, but because they are scared. I understand that. Oh yes, of course, I'm not a person to be associated with anymore. ***sigh****!The [...]

    7. There's scene near the beginning where Bill and Hillary verbally abuse the latter's campaign staff for failing to make the email scandal go away. She apparently could not accept that setting up a private server had actually been her own decision. Similarly, she saw it as her staff's job to come up with some reason for why she was runningThe first draft of her concession speech contained a statement of solidarity with Muslim Americans and other minorities, but she insisted on removing it. After h [...]

    8. How did Hillary Clinton lose an election she was so widely expected to win? How did Donald Trump win that election despite abundant evidence that he was unprepared and ill-suited to hold the office? Two journalists, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, attempt to answer those questions in Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign. In writing the book, they brought unique advantages to the task: they began reporting on the Clinton campaign late in 2014, nearly two years before the election [...]

    9. I'll start with a disclaimer: I never liked the Clintons from their arrival on the national scene in 1992 until Hillary's 2008 concession speech. I still don't think a lot of Bill, but made my peace with her from 2008 - 2015. I did not want her to run again, but supported her last fall (with limited enthusiasm). Now you know.The book begins slowly with backstory about the days leading up to her official entry into the race (one of history's Worst Kept Secrets). At that time, I knew loyal Democra [...]

    10. I thought this book was a bit overhyped - most of the really juicy stuff has been posted online - but still an interesting look at the Clinton campaign. The authors spread the blame around, but there's three central points to be made:(1) Too many cooks. Hillary has developed a large posse of loyal insiders (in DC they're known as Hillaryland, which is also the title of an upcoming book about them) who create a bubble. They come with problems and scandals and political baggage of their own, but i [...]

    11. This book is going to generate a lot of controversy, and many people will be angered by it. I found it fascinating as reportage of the Clinton campaign from the inside. And that's how I approached it. I would urge people who pick it up to keep a couple of things in mind. First, it's not meant to be taken as a thoughtful analysis of the 2016 election. It's really too early for that. What analysis there is reads more as inside baseball than history, but I found it fascinating. (No, I'm not in the [...]

    12. “Loser” is perhaps President Trump’s favorite insult and, all things considered, the best alternative title for Shattered a new book that takes readers “inside Hillary Clinton’s doomed campaign.” The work reveals the dysfunction of Hillary’s leadership team and how they adopted a fatal strategy of identity politics, but it fails to draw practically any comparison to her Republican rival on qualitative or quantitative measures.The authors, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, are two jou [...]

    13. This is not just a rehash of major events during Hillary's 2016 campaign. We get a thoroughly-researched inside perspective, sense of strategy and even insight into the thinking behind what was--for better and worse--a monumental moment in history.The book is superbly written in a way that is both historically precise and engaging. Surprisingly it's a page turner even though we all know how it's going to end. I was afraid of experiencing PTSD during some of the most infuriating moments but becau [...]

    14. I couldn't give this book less than three stars, given how much information the authors gathered from hundreds of campaign operatives, consultants, and others involved with Hillary Clinton's disastrous 2016 campaign. But I have to say that this account was a huge disappointment all the same. Just like in the campaign, there was absolutely no sense of who Hillary Clinton was, what her emotions were all about, how she really related to people, or what made the American people reject her so decisiv [...]

    15. Arrogant. That's the word that best sums up Hillary Clinton's doomed 2016 campaign for the Presidency. The Clintons have long been the poster couple for tit-for-tat, mafia style politics. Hillary's yearned for the top job since well before her historic 2008 run against Barack Obama, and her foot soldiers obediently did their part to push anyone they viewed as an obstacle to her out of the 2016 race. Then, lo and behold, out of (very) left field came Bernie Sanders, the Independent Senator from V [...]

    16. THis was truly an interesting book (I listened to it as an audio book) and gives tremendous insight into Hillary's doomed campaign. I didn't care for it always seemed to portray her as "the victim" in all of it though. It didn't seem to point out often enough how Hillary brought her loss on herself to include her own e-mail scandal and her poo poo-ing it. She seemed to believe that she was entitled to win for no other reason than she was Hillary and the authors seem to have this constantly in th [...]

    17. Most of it was not new to me. And what could have been compelling chapter about election night at the end dragged out far too long. But Chapter 4: the Summer of the Server is where the insider view is truly eye-opening. The two authors were huge Hillary fans and wrote a very positive book about her in 2014, HRC, but their honest account in this chapter of how the Clintons treated those around them says volumes about who they really are and why they lost. It would be worth checking the book out o [...]

    18. Parts of this book were definitely interesting, but there were also quite a few sections that got bogged down with too many names of minor players or other narrative clutter that takes up space that might have been better spent on "big picture" stuff. As a whole the book didn't pack the emotional punch I expected it towhich I guess you could also say about the campaign itself. Sigh.

    19. In the fog of a shocking defeat, there was one moment that crystallized everything for Hillary. Not long after the concession call, Huma Abedin approached her once again, phone in hand.“It’s the president,” Huma said.Hillary winced. She wasn’t ready for this conversation. When she’d spoken with Obama just a little bit earlier, the outcome of the election wasn’t final yet. Now, though, with the president placing a consolation call, the reality and dimensions of her defeat hit her all [...]

    20. Even though I witnessed most of these events- I was an election junkie and watched all the debates and read all the articles- I was still captivated by this fairly straightforward account. The authors got all of the information for the book "on background" during the election in exchange for not going public until after the election. The writers do a great job of giving everyone and everything that happened a lot of life and movement. I think this book will be especially helpful as a historical [...]

    21. This was really interesting but bleak. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interesting in finding out what went wrong from the inside of this campaign, and who can stomach it this soon after the doom it chronicles.I watched this election with intense interest, first as someone excited about the possibility that a economic iconoclast like Bernie Sanders posed, and then horrified by the possibility that Donald Trump could become president. I never really felt strongly about Hillary Clinton either wa [...]

    22. This book's opening premise of a clear post-election analysis just doesn't come across as sincere or fact-based. For example, in March, 2015 as Clinton readied her candidacy here is an excerpt from the book "We've come so far under President Obama, but we have so many problems," she told her advisors. "I want to make sure I'm the right person." And a couple pages later, "Hillary, a modest, midwestern Methodist with a love of minutiae, was unshakeably focusede campaign would test the A student's [...]

    23. This was an excellent book with lots of sourcing and behind the scenes information on not only the Clinton campaign, but also the entirety of the Democrat leadership in the throes of a presidential primary and general election.The main character being, Hillary Clinton, comes off in this book as a tragic figure of Shakespearean lore. She is let down by so many in her inner circle and outer circle and also letting down herself. Hillary, however, does comes off in this book as far more likable than [...]

    24. As an Independent who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, I was anxious to read 'Shattered' to gain an insight to her campaign and management style and explain what possibly could have gone wrong that resulted in such an unexpected outcome.What I learned from this book is that regardless of the outcome of the election, the American people were screwed. Based on her campaign's extreme dysfunction and in-fighting between power hungry operatives, and Hillary's indecisivenes [...]

    25. It was all Robby Mook's fault.This book had a lot of information,but it was put together in a haphazard fashion.I guess the authors wanted to be first out of the gate.

    26. I think you need to be a bit of a political wonk to find this interesting. I am and I did but for those not similarly inclined I think you will find it a bit tedious and over populated. Given the nature of the political process these days, one really needs a scorecard to know the players. Probably the most interesting aspect is the dependency of political campaign managers to rely on "analytics" as opposed to direct polling or feet on the ground input which is basically what ended up costing Hil [...]

    27. When reading "Shattered," it is difficult not to reflect every now and again on how different this book would have looked if 100,000 or so people in three states had voted differently (or more than that extra had come out to vote). Elections are won on the margins, and there's a laundry list of minor things that could have gone differently and led to a Clinton win. However, as I like to say, the problem with counterfactuals is that they are counter to the facts. She did not win, and we ended up [...]

    28. Shattered is an odd book about the 2016 American presidential election. It's very easy to read, and hard to resist for anyone interested in American politics. It will bring that period back to mind for any reader who was paying attention at all. But it has a very, very limited focus, nearly that of a memoir, which limits its reach. It might help us understand what happened, slightly.Let me explain. Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes followed Hillary Clinton's campaign very closely, and obtained a la [...]

    29. Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes guide the reader through the convoluted labyrinth of "Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign". Recently, Clinton claimed that she lost the election primarily because of the actions and remarks of the FBI director, James Comey. But these two supporters of Hillary make a very strong case that the root causes of her defeat lay in her own decisions and the strategies she adopted. She created distrust in a large section of the electorate by actions before the campaign throug [...]

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