The Seduction of Hillary Rodham

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The Seduction of Hillary Rodham was written by David Brock. The 464-page book was published by the The Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster Inc, on February 2, 1998.

Background

  • Cliff Jackson after reading Brock's book The Real Anita Hill said he would provide a $5,000 check to Brock to do a book proposal about the Clintons.[1]
  • David Brock traveled to Arkansas to do research for the book in 1993.[2]
  • Brock conferred with William Kristol and Laurence Silberman about publishing allegations of Clinton's affairs. Kristol relayed words of caution while Sliberman encouraged moving forward.[3]

Reaction

  • In 2002 Brock published a book Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative, in which he outlined his falling out with the conservative movement. He also later apologized to Bill Clinton for the substance of his book, The Seduction of Hillary Rodham.[4]
  • In his book A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, author Carl Bernstein said "some parts were surprisingly sympathetic to its subject, not that the book could be interpreted as friendly. Rather, it was the product of some impressive fact-digging, its narrative swathed in a historical dialectic that emphasized the long ideological struggle of left and right in the Cold War yars in America, and tried too hard to place many of Hillary's actions in a context of leftist radicalism."[5]
  • After publishing the book, Brock later wrote, "As difficult as it may be for the general public to fathom, Arkansas political culture has a rich history of personal intrigue in which wild sex stories do feature prominently...Sit in the Capitol Bar, in downtown Little Rock, for a few nights, and you can be told that virtually every prominent public figure in the state is a rapacious womanizer and also gay -- including Clinton. Even Hillary Clinton was not spared this treatment: one can hear that she was having an affair with Vince Foster and also that she is a lesbian, often from the same lascivious gossips."[6]

Notable quotes

  • Hillary's direct and sometimes chilly demeanor -- her high school classmates named her 'Sister Fridgaire,' predicting a future as a nun -- may have reflected that of her father."[7]
  • "It's a pretty gutsy thing to do to stand up and challenge an American senator, especially one who is black," Wellesley Professor Marshall Goldman, in response to Hillary's commencement speech where she rebutted one given minutes earlier by Republican Senator Edward Brooke.[8]
  • "Hillary knew something was going on from the beginning, but she was too much of a lady to ask about it." -- Mary Lee, friend of Hillary's in Fayettville, Arkansas in 1974, who said her job was in part to hide "Bill's girlfriend's from Hillary."[9]
  • "We're very proud of Hillary, and if she had ever quit having two lives and concentrated on the law practice, she'd have been a superb lawyer." -- Bill Kennedy, managing partner of the Rose Law Firm, in an interview with the American Lawyer in 1992.[10]
  • "The myth of the housewife whose life centers only on her home is effectively dispelled by statistics demonstrating that the average school child now has a working mother. The myth, or perhaps more accurately, the prejudice, that each family should be self-sufficient is challenged in a compelling chapter on the 'stacked deck' faced by the poor, minority or handicapped children who are born into a situation of inequality and, most of them, kept there for the rest of their lives."[11]
  • "One thing which I think would improve the quality of education probably about 100 percent in five years is to increase by one hundred fold the number of women superintendents and principals."[12]
  • "No marriage is perfect, but just because it isn't perfect doesn't mean the only solution is to walk off and leave it." -- Hillary to Glamour magazine in 1992.[13]

Chapter summaries

One: Hillary for President

Topics Discussed
  • Hillary's childhood is discussed, detailing her parents' (Hugh Rodham and Dorothy Rodham) political beliefs.
  • Hillary's relationship with Saul Alinsky
  • Her senior thesis
Notable events
  • Hillary met Reverend Don Jones, who introduced her to philosophers and theologians[14]
  • Hillary attended Wellesely College, which shaped her political outlook for her career ahead.

Two: A Seminar for Radicals

Topics Discussed
  • Hillary's decision to choose Yale Law School over Harvard.[15]
Notable events

Three: Love and Squalor

Topics Discussed
  • Hillary even in 1974 was telling people that her boyfriend Bill would one day become president.[16]
  • Hillary decides to keep her last name of "Rodham," which Paul Fray believes will be Bill's "Waterloo."[17]
Notable events
  • Hillary meets Bill Clinton's mother, Virginia Kelley. They are described as "opposites."[18]
  • Served on the committee that investigated the Watergate events. Hillary was one of 43 members of the legal staff of John Doar.[19]
  • While in Washington, Hillary prepared a confidential history of presidential abuse of power.[20]
  • Hillary called for Richard Nixon's resignation in July 1974.[21]
  • Hillary moves to Fayettvile to live with Bill and teach at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
  • Hillary and Bill are married in October 1975.

Four: Stranger in a Strange Land

Topics Discussed
  • How Bill was only able to run for Attorney General in 1976 because he had Hillary's salary of $18,000 as a professor to fall back on.[22]
  • The relationship between the Clintons and Don Tyson, owner of the Tyson chicken empire.[23]
  • The cold reception that Hillary received from co-workers at the Rose Law Firm.[24]
  • Bill's alleged extramarital while Governor and the role that police officers played in facilitating those relationships.[25]
Notable events
  • Hillary worked on Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign as a deputy director of field operations in Indianapolis.[26]
  • Bill ran for election in 1978 to become Governor of Arkansas.
  • Hillary makes partner at the Rose Law Firm in 1979.[27]
  • In 1977 Hillary helped found the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, an advocacy organization to help assure state money for child care programs.[28]

Five: Alinsky's Daughter

Topics discussed
  • Hillary maintained a connection with East Coast activists through work with the Legal Services Corporation, the Children's Defense Fund and the American Bar Association.[29]
  • Hillary's tenure on the Legal Services Corporation board, which expired in 1982.[30]
  • Hillary's advocacy work on children's rights issues.
Notable events
  • Hillary is appointed chair of the Legal Services Corporation.[31]
  • By 1980, the budget for the Legal Services Corporation had tripled since Hillary had assumed chairmanship.[32]
  • Hillary joins the board of the New World Foundation in 1982.[33]
  • Hillary published an assortment of articles relating to children's policy in the late 1970s.[34]
  • Hillary is rated one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States in 1988 and 1991 by the National Journal.[35]

Six: The Real Comeback Kid

Topics discussed
  • Hillary's relationship to Bill's election campaigns of the 1980s.[36]
  • Bill considers jobs that would have taken the Clinton family away from Arkansas after his defeat in 1980.[37]
  • Hillary considers a job as president of Hendrix College in Arkansas. She chose against it so as to focus on helping reignite Bill's political career.[38]
  • Alleged campaign finance violations by the Clinton campaign in 1982.[39]
Notable events
  • Hillary has her first child Chelsea in 1980. Chelsea is named after the Joni Mitchell song "Chelsea Morning."[40]
  • Bill loses his re-election campaign in 1980. He is described as crying inconsolably once the results came in.[41]
  • Bill defeats Jim Guy Tucker in the 1982 Gubernatorial Democratic Primary in Arkansas.[42]
  • Hillary announces she will take Bill's last name and go by the formal title of Mrs. Bill Clinton.[43]

Seven: Joan of Arkansas

Topics discussed

  • The 1984 gubernatorial re-election campaign.[44]
  • The importance of education reform to the Clinton re-election campaign.[45]
  • Hillary pushed for getting more female administrators in the school system.[46]

Notable events

  • The Arkansas legislature defeats Bill's proposal to eliminate the public service commission and place utility regulation under the governor's control.[47]

Eight: Wifewater

Topics discussed

  • Hillary spent much of 1983 helping get education reform passed through the Arkansas Legislature.[48]
  • Hillary's reduced role at the Rose Law Firm and whether there were conflict of interest situations across the state.
  • The Whitewater controversy and events surrounding it.[49]

Notable events

  • In 1986, Frank White targeted Hillary more than Bill in the Arkansas gubernatorial campaign.[50]

Nine: Partners for Life

Topics discussed

  • The changing approach that media had to politicians and potential affairs. Particularly, the publishing of stories about presidential candidate Gary Hart.[51]
  • Various boards that Hillary served on, including TCBY and Wal-Mart.::*Hillary served on the board of LaFarge Corporation -- the second largest producer of cement in the United States -- earning $31,000 per year.[52]

Notable events

  • In July 1987, rumors circulate that Bill will run for president. However, Bill ultimately decided not to pursue the presidency in 1988.[53]
  • Hillary herself was upset about Bill's decision not to run for president in 1987.[54]
  • Hillary served on the board of LaFarge Corporation -- the second largest producer of cement in the United States -- earning $31,000 per year.[55]

See also

External links

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