It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us by Hillary Rodham Clinton
In our assessment of this agreeably written and intermittently charming book, let us put aside the weighty and much-mulled matters of Hillary Clinton’s personal integrity and veracity, her role in sundry White House malefactions, and her legal and commodities-trading career in Little Rock. Let us not dwell on who wrote which pages of this volume—its “acknowledgments” are the vaguest I have ever seen. And let us even ignore the question of why she has published it at this moment.
Mrs. Clinton, after all, does not say that this book—issued with huge fanfare eight months before the voters pass judgment on her husband and, inevitably, on herself—is part of a careful strategy to change her image and reposition herself for the 1996 campaign. We find no hint here that she might be trying to deflect attention from her well-lit woes. Instead, she asserts that her sole purpose in writing is to “share . . . some of the convictions I’ve developed over a lifetime . . . about what our children need from us and what we owe to them. . . .”
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