Title: Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History
Author: Karen Blumenthal
Recommended for: 7th Grade and up
Call Number/Link: Teen Biography Clinton, H.
Synopsis: As a young girl growing up in the fifties, Hillary Diane Rodham had an unusual upbringing for the time-her parents told her, “You can do or be whatever you choose, as long as you’re willing to work for it.” Hillary took those words and ran. Whether it was campaigning at the age of thirteen in the 1964 presidential election, receiving a standing ovation and being featured in LIFE magazine as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley, or graduating from Yale Law School-she was always one to stand out from the pack.
And that was only the beginning. Today, we have seen Hillary in many roles. From First Lady of the United States to the first female Senator of New York and most recently as the United States Secretary of State. An activist all her life, she has been devoted to health care reform, child care, and women’s rights, among others. And she’s still not done.
Review: As a teen biography on a politician this book was highly readable. I’ll admit that I learned quite a bit about Hillary, especially about her earlier life. The material is presented in a way that is not over dry and I do believe teen interested in politics would enjoy it. The only thing I wish would have gone more in-depth about would have been her days as in Senate as as Secretary of State. However, at almost 400 pages, I can understand why that may have been cut. Overall, an entertaining & informative read.