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Author:
Michael Tomasky
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978-0684873022
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Free Press; 1st edition (February 15, 2001)
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book by Michael Tomasky. It was without precedent. In July 1999 Hillary Rodham Clinton hit the campaign trail - the only sitting first lady in the history of the United States ever to seek public office. In her quest to become a New York senator, the nation's most polarizing woman would have to hold her own in the hurly-burly world of New York politics.

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In July 1999 Hillary Rodham Clinton hit the campaign trail - the only sitting first lady in the history of the United . For Hillary, disaster would always be one step away

In July 1999 Hillary Rodham Clinton hit the campaign trail - the only sitting first lady in the history of the United States ever to seek public office. For Hillary, disaster would always be one step away. Reporters turned out in record numbers to record her every misstep - from the time she forgot to leave a tip for a waitress at a New York diner to her kissing Suha Arafat. And those were the sympathetic ones.

In July 1999 Hillary Rodham Clinton hit the campaign trail - the only sitting first lady in the history of the United States .

In July 1999 Hillary Rodham Clinton hit the campaign trail - the only sitting first lady in the history of the United States ever to seek public office. In her quest to become a New York senator. New York magazine columnist Michael Tomasky provides something of an antidote with Hillary's Turn, his sympathetic chronicle of Hillary Clinton's successful election to the Senate in 2000. This is not a biography, but the story of a candidacy.

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Michael Tomasky talked about his book Hillary’s Turn: Inside Her Improbable, Victorious Senate Campaign, published by Free Press. Mr. Tomasky covered Hillary Rodham Clinton during her race for the . The author explores her relationship with both the press and the voters of New York. After his remarks he answered questions from the audience.

Inside Her Improbable, Victorious. 309 pp. New York: The Free Press. There were newspaper reporters from across the country and from around New York State.

Hillary's Turn: Inside Her Improbable, Victorious Senate Campaign, Michael Tomasky, Free Press, February 15, 2001 .

Hillary's Turn: Inside Her Improbable, Victorious Senate Campaign, Michael Tomasky, Free Press, February 15, 2001, ISBN 978-0-684-87302-2. Left for Dead: The Life, Death, and Possible Resurrection of Progressive Politics in America, Michael Tomasky, Free Press, June 10, 1996

He is the author of Left for Dead: The Life, Death, and Possible Resurrection of Progressive Politics in America and Hillary’s Turn: Inside Her Improbable, Victorious Senate Campaign. He lives outside Washington, .

It was without precedent. In July 1999 Hillary Rodham Clinton hit the campaign trail -- the only sitting first lady in the history of the United States ever to seek public office. In her quest to become a New York senator, the nation's most polarizing woman would have to hold her own in the hurly-burly world of New York politics. In this irreverent, probing, and keenly insightful book, political columnist Michael Tomasky exposes the fascinating inner workings of that race. Hillary, he reveals, was neither a gladiatorial tigress nor the unreconstructed flower child conservatives so deeply feared. Constitutionally unable to embrace what Tomasky calls "the politics of personal narrative" and to bare her soul before the voters, she instead presented herself in a tradition of nineteenth-century women reformers religiously bent on problem solving. But would that play in a media capital that savored scandal and demanded that politicians parade their personalities? For Hillary, disaster would always be one step away. Reporters turned out in record numbers to record her every misstep -- from the time she forgot to leave a tip for a waitress at a New York diner to her kissing Suha Arafat. And those were the sympathetic ones. The New York Post, a Murdoch property known for trumpeting its conservative sympathies, did its best to inflame the leagues of Hillary-haters nationwide. Primed for a duel of titans with the irascible Rudy Giuliani, Hillary watched the mayor withdraw from the race amid a flurry of tabloid revelations, to be replaced by hyperambitious young congressman Rick Lazio. And all the while a devastating series of polls and focus groups revealed that many women -- from disenchanted Baby Boomers to suburbanites -- loathed her. (Asked what she would do if she were Hillary Clinton, one test subject said she'd "put a bullet to my head or start drinking.") Here then is the witty, barbed month-by-month chronicle of how Hillary made the transition from "cosseted first lady to flesh-and-blood candidate": the surreal crises; the angry rifts among advisers over her image; the hovering presence of a scandal-plagued husband and president. And finally, here is a brilliant and lasting analysis of the vast and thorny world of statewide politics, with portraits of New York politicians of all stripes -- from Al Sharpton to George Pataki -- who sought to reshape the race for their own purposes. Filled with trenchant observations about liberalism and its antagonists, this is a rollicking tale of hardball politics in the nation's fiercest arena. It is also an illuminating portrait of that most guarded of candidates, now New York's first woman senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • I had not expected to be so much entertained by this book, but I was. Tomasky goes all the way back to the 1920s to explain how the political situation that made Hillary a senator arose, and he makes it make sense. Even if you are not that interested in HRC, this book makes a good tutorial of New York politics, its history and psychology.
    As for Hillary herself, Tomasky makes it seem clear that just about everything you read about her in regular media is wrong. That's not to say that you will like her from reading this, but you will most likely begin to understand (and understand why) your opinion has been built at least partially out of distorted information.
    My favorite line comes in the prologue: "Hillary has been so reluctant to fill in the blank spaces of her life that people filled them in for her, according to the few clues she dropped along the path, and according to their own ideals and neuroses." I can't see how you can hit the nail on the head more squarely.
    How else do you explain the reports of more than a few white, professional women (a demographic that was unexpectedly against Hillary) began spending their $185/hour therapy sessions talking not about themselves, but about Hillary?
    More questions: Why did she do so well upstate, where she was not expected to? Why did she finally get the jewish vote? Why did she run in the first place? What happened to change her from such a lousy candidate at the beginning to a winner? Tomasky provides most of the answers, and they probably aren't what you are expecting them to be.
    Good reading.

  • Michael Tomasky's HILLARY'S TURN not only gives a comprehensive account of all of the events that affected Hillary Clinton's quest for the Senate, but also does it in a way that's balanced, free of cliche and surprisingly literary. Tomasky is a gifted writer and a great stylist, but he doesn't bang you over the head with his talent. A phrase just catches the eye; you re-read it; you re-re-read it this time aloud and you say to yourself "wow! this SOB can write!"
    I'm sure everyone else is commenting about the politics, so I'll leave that alone. Let's just say that I'm one of those who felt that Hillary was TOO CONSERVATIVE -- the death penalty, the drug war, the HMO/INSURANCE CO/AMA health gin-up, advocating abstinence, all the DLC bs, etc. -- and this is the first book that takes the opinions of our small cohort seriously. Tomasky also makes very clear how and why people of different ideological stripes loved her or hated her.
    Most of all, we get a great insight into what's important in NYC and New York State politics today. We see the "gears grind" as Tomasky might have said.
    Super reading.

  • I'm very much involved in New York State politics - yet I learned much from this insightful and thoroughly enjoyable book. HILLARY'S TURN is written almost like a series of news articles. Even the layout of the cover suggests that the book is merely a hardbound tabloid. Indeed, news coverage of the campaign is one of the book's main themes. The effect is to move the action of the book along in a dramatic and concise manner. Tomasky doesn't stop much to reflect, which seems somehow ironic considering his portrayal of most of the players as unreflective. But that's fine because as campaign accounts go, this one is all action.
    Tomasky's three major characters are Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giulliani and Rick Lazio. He somehow manages to paint them all in a fairly good light, while dramatizing their oddest characteristics. He seems particularly fascinated by Giulliani, who he claims did the "most bizarre thing a politician has ever done, ever." Tomasky seems to believe that Hillary herself is sort of boring, but the events that were happening around her were anything but.
    For all the fun of this book, it has a few flaws. Most outstanding of these is the great disparity in Tomasky's reporting when it comes to upstate rather than New York City politics. Tomasky's sources and knowledge of NYC politics are first rate, but his knowledge of upstate seems to be limited to what he saw on the bus. Much is left out, not the least of which is a full appreciation for Hillary's use of the upstate economy as an issue, and Lazio's perplexing refusal to do the same.
    But that's a subject for someone else and not reason enough to skip this book. HILLARY'S TURN is a real page-turner!

  • I might not particularly like Mrs. Clinton, but I have a great deal of respect for her vision and ability to maintain a focused and fair campaign amid the ever-widening scandals with which her husband continues to embrace himself.
    In this book, Michael Tomasky has offered a valuable document to people like me. This is a window through which I was able to finally, at least to my best guess, see the person behind the face and the name some of us have come to meet with churning stomach.
    I expected more of a biography, but was met instead with the story of the candidacy for the Senate. We're presented with the ins and outs of the campaign trail, one that would seemingly be somewhat low-key considering it was, after all, for one state and not for all fifty (in a shallow comparison to the Presidential campaign). We're given a look into the turmoils that surrounded Mrs. Clinton, from Rudolph Giuliani's attacks to "that speech, that kiss" from Mrs. Clinton to Arafat's wife. Through it all, we are credibly told and shown, Mrs. Clinton took the high road.
    If nothing else, this book has greatly increased my respect for Mrs. Clinton. She's been shown as a human being, one who has the same emotions as you and me, and one who has the character and strength to face a hell of a lot more tribulations in one year than I would ever hope to see in a lifetime. Hats off to Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Tomasky for a well-crafted, perfectly outlined book.