Monday, May 22, 2017

Shattered by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

Now this is what I call a decent political book about the failure that was Secretary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

What went on behind the scenes when Bernie Sanders was on the move? How in the world does someone with such extensive political background respond effectively to Donald Trump and his unanticipated rise?

This book does a wonderful job of giving us a snapshot of that look.

I walked away from this book with a confirmation that the problem, while there many within Clinton's journey, was mainly with Clinton herself. And that is a shame because she has such a depth of political insight.

What she doesn't have is the ability to connect with the American people on a level that would energize and inspire.

Part of the book that I found interesting was the divide between the "old school" political hacks and the analytics-minded millennials. "Follow the data/numbers" seemed to be the rule of law for her team.

I'm always fascinated with political behind-the-scenes books that remain civil. This books does a great job with that. If you think there is a bias from the authors, it didn't come through too hard with their reporting, as I read it.

The poor team just couldn't figure out what was going on in the United States and why their candidate couldn't break through.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Crown Publishing.

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