Chasing Hillary

Chasing Hillary

Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling

Book - 2018
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"The dishy, rollicking, and deeply personal story of what really happened in the 2016 election, as seen through the eyes of the New York Times reporter who gave eight years of her life to covering the First Woman President who wasn't"--Amazon.com.
"For nearly a decade, award-winning New York Times journalist Amy Chozick chronicled Hillary Clinton's pursuit of the presidency. Chozick's assignments, covering Clinton's imploding 2008 campaign and then her front-row seat to the 2016 election on "The Hillary Beat," set off a years-long journey in which the formative years of Chozick's twenties and thirties became, both personally and professionally, intrinsically intertwined with Clinton's presidential ambitions. As Clinton tried, and twice failed, to shatter "that highest, hardest glass ceiling," Chozick was trying, with various fits and starts, to scale the highest echelons of American journalism. In this rollicking, hilarious narrative, Chozick takes us through the high- (and low-) lights of the most noxious and dramatic presidential election in American history. Chozick's candor and clear-eyed perspective--from her seat on the Hillary bus and reporting from inside the campaign's Brooklyn headquarters to her run-ins with Donald J. Trump--provide fresh intrigue and insights into the story we thought we all knew. This is the real story of what happened, with the kind of dishy, inside details that repeatedly surprise and enlighten. But Chasing Hillary is also the unusually personal and moving memoir of how Chozick came to understand Clinton not as an unknowable enigma and political animal, but as a complete, complex person, full of contradictions and forged in the crucible of political battles that had long predated Chozick's years covering her. And as Chozick gets engaged, married, buys an apartment, climbs the professional ladder, and inquires about freezing her eggs so she can have children after the 2016 campaign, she dives deeper into decisions Clinton had made at similar points in her early career. In the process, Chozick develops an intimate understanding of what drives Clinton, how she accomplished what no woman had before, and why she ultimately failed. Chozick also reveals how the social fissures in the electorate that drove angry voters to Trump and blindsided Clinton would unexpectedly bring out the tensions in Chozick's own life--between the red state she came from and the blue state she ended up in, and her desire to climb in her career as a woman but be treated no differently than a man. Clinton's shocking defeat would mark the end of the almost imperial hold she'd had on Chozick for most of her professional life. But the results also make Chozick question everything she'd worked so hard for in the first place. Political journalism had failed. The elite world Chozick had tried for years to fit in with had been rebuffed. The less qualified, bombastic man had triumphed (as they always seem to do), and Clinton had retreated to the woods in Chappaqua, finally comfortable enough to just walk, no makeup, no pants suit, showing the real person Chozick had spent years hoping to see. Illuminating, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, Chasing Hillary is a campaign book unlike any other that reads like a fast-moving political novel"--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062413598
0062413597
Branch Call Number: B CLINTON
Characteristics: x, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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11lbh09
Nov 21, 2018

The author covered Senator Hillary Clinton's 2008 (primary) campaign and Secretary Clinton's 2016 (primary and general election) campaigns. Ms. Chozick was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and then the New York Times. The book should engage many readers as it is personal, profane, morbidly entertaining, full of inside anecdotes, and avoids giving much attention to profound policy issues. Moreover, for those of us who are appalled and confused about the current state of politics In this country, the book confirms and extends our worries, suspicions, and disillusionment. Many of our political leaders are self-absorbed, corrupted by money, myopic, consumed by ambition, and overconfident. Ditto the political operatives. Ditto the political journalists. In part, these insights are provided directly and intentionally through the reporter's information shared in the book. These insights, however, are also provided by the author's writing style and personal experiences. She was obsessed with her status as a political reporter and getting her byline on front page stories. For months at a time, she truly had no life beyond following and reporting on a campaign. (Was her husband a saint, or an enabler?) One is sympathetic for a while, but eventually one wants to scream that she should have left this nightmarish existence. The reader must hope that she is now smelling a few roses.

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pollymolden
Aug 15, 2018

Very surprised by the two other reviews - I loved it! I plowed through it quickly and found the perspective of a female journalist covering a the first female candidate for pres fascinating. Also really loved hearing about the conflicts and pressures NYT journalists face from campaigns, readers, bosses and their own sense of accomplishment. I wish campaigns were covered in this first person voice more . . .

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Snape1417
Jun 25, 2018

A complete waste of time. Like many so-called "biographies", this is just another "me myself and I" book about the author. 'Nuff said...

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wiley1827
May 26, 2018

Worthless. Self-centered and not even a beginning of analysis of the person and the candidate. Hard to know why it was written. Author was pretending to be a reported but clearly was a camp follower and unabashed fan of the person Clinton. I tried every chapter and was unable to keep moving. Simply a dump of stupid and unconnected anecdotes along with some very brief political tidbits of back room stuff. Reviewers thought it was racy. It was dull and simply an early entry in the library of "on the scene" recollections which actually cover Hillary over a very period and all of that time someone who the author found simply splendid. Publishers putting out this crap should be ashamed.

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