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HRC Book 'Hard Choices' dead-panned by Reviewers
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by Love to Read Fiction, Atherton: West of Alameda,
on Jun 10, 2014
Hillary Clinton's new book Hard Choices bombs with critics.
"Hard Choices' is a newsless snore" Politico Mike Allen
"There is little news in the book" New York Times' Michiko Kakutani
"dullness and lack of critical energy." New Republic Isaac Chotiner
"the low-salt, low-fat, low-calorie offering with vanilla pudding as the dessert. She goes on at great length, but not great depth." Slate John Dickerson
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Posted by cherrypicked reviews
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Glens
on Jun 12, 2014 at 10:12 am
@Love to Read Fiction posts a hit and run attack, content to cherry picking a certain phrase out of context, instead of actually reading the book, or. heaven forbid, even thoroughly reading each of the reviews excerpteed from. Let's look at some of the cherrypicked reviews in question.
### NY Times: "The book itself, however, turns out to be a subtle, finely calibrated work that provides a portrait of the former secretary of state and former first lady as a heavy-duty policy wonk. Compared with her 2003 memoir, "Living History" ... "Hard Choices" is a statesmanlike document intended to attest to Mrs. Clinton's wide-ranging experience on national security and on foreign policy. "
Hardly the way it was represented by the far fringe right poster above.
### @Love to Read Fiction clearly did not read the entire New Republic Isaac Chotiner peice, which wasn't about the HRC book, but rather about the NYT REVIEW of the book:
"Beyond its dullness and lack of critical energy, the book is notable for providing the perfect example of what is wrong with the way that the Times approaches hot books. Since the Times frequently runs news stories about such books, which they often obtain before anyone else in the media does, it seems odd that they then devote energy to reviewing them in the format of a news story."
Rather risingenious by our resident fringe freak.
### Slate John Dickerson
"But now she has, and over more than 600 pages of Hard Choices, her memoir of her time as secretary of state, Clinton details what it's like to steer U.S. diplomacy in a dangerous and changing world."
"What comes across, though, is that whatever Clinton leaves outand there's plenty in her omissions for criticsshe put in thousands of hours grinding her way across the globe doing the painstaking work of diplomacy."
Other reviews that the fringe poster could have cherrypicked a negative fragment of a sentence from:
### New Republic: "But here's the thing about Hard Choices: of course it's anticlimactic. It's a six hundred-page book by a woman whose every habit, style and predilection have been familiar to us for over twenty years; it was never going to be surprising or intimately revealing. It's by Hillary Clinton. Which is to say, it is carefully packaged, workmanlike, energetic, competent, diligent, and funnyish."
"It's satisfying and diverting and reliable, as long as your hopes for it are calibrated to a reasonable expectation of what it might deliver well: a solidly crafted, just-self-aggrandizing-enough, just-self-deprecating-enough portrait of a powerful woman who probably wants to be the first female president of the United States and who believesnot without reasonthat her only chance of getting there is to play it careful and safe, a mode which also has long seemed to match her natural tendencies. "
###Guardian: "Presidents are meant to be politicians: people whose job is to lead it. In this long, exhausting, faintly robotic but ultimately impressive book, Hillary makes her pitch to be both."
###The Independent: "This was never going to be a racy, humorous, self-deprecating volume. No searing soul-searcher or tear-jerker, either. As for revelations, there would be a few the pressure of the reported $8m advance, plus Clinton's desire for a positive pick-up on chat shows would have seen to that but not many. So it proved. But I admit, the experience was nowhere near as bad as I expected. As such works go, it's blessed with an instant familiarity: with Hillary herself, and of course, the ever-present Bill in the background, and President Obama; and with the events themselves"
Never trust our few, but vocal local fringe righties. They will always cherrypick and misinform.
But then again, look what they're used to their heros reading...
My Pet Goat.
Upside down, no less.
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Posted by Love to Read Fiction
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 14, 2014 at 7:37 am
The 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse tops Hard Choices in the Amazon.com best sellers. 160 Amazon.com reviewers gave Ms. Clinton's book 5 stars while 345 people gave it a one-star thumbs down.
Some reviewers' comments from yesterday June 13. This is just one day of reviews and not even all of them!
"I believe this to be the work of a Hillary Clinton from an alternate reality as you cannot reconcile it's contents with the events of the timeline in our universe."
"A complete snoozer for everyone but rabid Hillary fans. Save your money and buy a bottle of Unisom - not a Hard Choice."
"This from a women who never has had a real job in which you had to perform well or lose your job , never met a payroll, never had a drivers license until she was out of the White House, says she is a feminist, yet stays with a man who is a serial cheater, lies about getting shot at in Bosnia, I guess to make her look like she was living dangerously, lied about how she got her name, tried to ruin the women Bill had affairs with. Without Bill Clinton we would never have known her name. Give me a break, hard choices? Try living like the Americans who actually work for a living, she wouldn't last 5 minutes."
"I wouldn't read this pack of lies if it was on the shelf at 99 Cent Store, next to OJ's If I Did It."
"A bore and a crock. As a reviewer above said, a good doorstop. Please don't waste your time or your money, it will just encourage her."
"This book simply highlights the failures of an incompetent fool. It's laughably boring and dull; no surprise given her legacy. Perhaps it would behoove the author to actually accomplish anything in life outside of politics. Predictably she was way over paid for this book, and I sincerely hope that the publishers lose money on this horrendous drivel."
"Due to the deeply discounted price, I purchased this as a cheaper alternative to toilet paper. In theory it seemed like a good idea, but the paper is just too rough. 1 Star."
MY FAVORITE REVIEW:
"After galloping through the book in two days, I found Kindle formatting to be acceptable, and quite readable. What was not acceptable was the sense of being tricked by Clinton and the media into buying the book. There is nothing really revealing in the book, except the unabashed display of self-aggrandizement and politicking that Ms. Clinton displays. As I write this review, Iraq is in the middle of the civil war with ISIS forces marching on Baghdad. Syria is in ruins of civil war. Minorities are prosecuted in Egypt. Russia has annexed Crimea. Iran is building nuclear weapons. On many many fronts, our foreign policy is in shatters. And yet, Clinton has no introspection or real answers for any of these massive failures.
One would expect an intelligent analysis of foreign policy successes and failures from a former Secretary of State. And yet we are left with a propaganda, a puff piece book that has only one design: to elevate Ms. Clinton for a presidential run.
The book is written by a ruling class politician, and not by an intelligent diplomat. And it says a lot about the society that we live in."
"After reading this garbage I quickly realized that this book is full of lies and propaganda. She is running for president and this is a campaign ploy. She should be paying us to read this and not the other way around. Waste of time and money."
"With 300 million people to choose from, are the Clinton's really the best America has to offer? Hillary is no more qualified to run our country than she is a corner store.
This book is filled with self-serving tripe from the Queen of Tripe. We all know she is a shallow, selfish entity whose only desire is to 'make history'. Well we all voted for the black guy to 'make history', and look where that got us
Change We All Bereave In."
"This whole book is less believable than the Twilight series, plus the Twilight fans aren't as vapid as Killarys fans."
"Is this book cheaper per page than toilet paper per sheet??? If so, that is the only way I would recommend this.
PS: Be sure to wash your hands in BENGHAZI BLOOD before touching this trash."
"I thought at first this would be a good read, I mean it's a book by the woman who was married to the boyfriend of Monica Lewinsky, has to be good right? It was crap from open to close, for one thing she just did an interview about how they were flat broke at one point so I was thinking, "Hey a good rags to riches story," well it turns out they were just rich to richer. I thought well we will at least learn somewhere in here how they used their intellect to create something people needed to gain their wealth, nope just lying politicians getting paid for speaking engagements, turns out they have never actually done any work at all. I was lead to believe by the media that the Clinton's were some kind of genius dynamic duo, turns out they are just well, politicians. You would think you would find out why she lied about Benghazi and how she sleeps at night knowing her decisions got innocent people killed, she doesn't even really bring it up! I then thought well I at least use it for toilet paper, the pages are too thin it just tears and leaves poop on your hands, poop on my hands is actually how I would feel voting for somebody like this."
"Pass the Puking Bowl ... this woman has never accomplished anything except maybe to Photoshop the picture on this book jacket. I sometimes read books by or about enemy Democrats (like this one) but this drek is quite literally toxic waste. After reading the first two chapters I had an uncontrollable impulse to get rid of this book and donate money to the RNC. RJB."
"The Wizard of Oz was based in more fact than this Liberal Hags attempt at revisionist history. Unfortunately for Hill the Shill her Low Information support base does not know how to read trash like this so she will need to resort to her Marxist slogans to win them over. Unfortunately Barry Obungler has worn them all out. Hillary has failed at every level including letting down the American People for her criminal role in hiding the facts of her failure in Benghazi as well as her failure at being a wife and mother while Bill trashed the honor of the Office of President of the United States.
Some can use it as toilet paper to reclaim their wasted money but having purchased it electronically I am poorer and dumber for purchasing this book of lies. I hope she does run so the world can laugh at her stupidity."
"Hillary Clinton is not an unknown personality to the American people, so writing this fiction just won't wash. She is a political hard core operator, not a personable, caring individual trying to make the World a better place. We all know her mission in life is pure political power and to be the first female president. We witnessed her cold calculating personality during the Benghazi hearings, which the book fails to capture. Her strength is to take responsibility by not taking responsibility, dismissing the deaths of people directly under her organizational control as a matter of fact event of minor interest or concern. Her book is one long dreary Campaign speech. It was canned by political professionals to create a mythical persona that is as far from the real Hillary as humanly possible. Wait for the audio version by Michael Moore."
"Lets face it...if you didn't think she incompetent before....her book will convince you. Hillary Clinton has made her self rich and powerful, and has caused nothing but suffering."
"I bought this at my local book store, and I can unequivocally say that it was one of the worst purchases I've ever made. The book distorts her history, whitewashing the myriad controversies she's gotten in. The only "hard choice" she's had was whether to buy one house or two!"
"Boo hoo and waa waa. Oh my life is so hard. $200,000 fees for giving talks and multi-million dollar houses. Oh the agony! There is a tremendous pain coming from my heart for Hillary Rawham Clinton. The story so sad and personable to the everyday struggling American that not even the worlds smallest violin has but a single short note of sympathy to play for her. Seriously, if I really wanted to hear some lies, I'd watch some FOX news or MSNBC. Seriously. But I'm not.that.guy. I stay sucker free. Ask Monica. P.s. Hill, you're going to need quite a lot of undocumented workers' votes to pull this one off."
I wouldn't waste any effort or money buying anything to support this piece of garbage ...... the author of "hard choices" ought to be doing hard time for producing the crappiest ill conceived, nauseating infomercial ever..... Go away Hitlery! America needs another Clinton like we need a tax hike.."
Do not waste your money. Nothing more than self promotion. Leaves out her countless failures.... And I am more convinced than ever she is not qualified to be POTUS"
"Almost anyone can see the massive damage done to the country from one alinskyite president - Obama - it would be the height of imbecility to pursue another alinskyite president - Clinton...unfortunately she doesn't talk about the most interesting things like her schooling by Saul Alinsky."
"More lies and useless information from the Clinton's. She's failed with everything assigned to her as First Lady (health care), did nothing as a Senator, except earn a "dead broke" salary of $145,000 and accomplished nothing as Secretary of State and this book proves it. It's even poorly written. You'd think with their millions, they could hire a better ghost writer than the one who wrote this book."
"You had better go ahead and get yourself a stylish pair of rubber boots while you're at it with this one."
"If an author is going to put out a book of fiction it has to be much more interesting and compelling than this sorry work. What do we expect, it is consistent with her long political life of 'spins', half truths, and outright lies. The sad part is that the American people may actually embrace her once again, even with a clear paper trail and record of failure."
"OMG Please will the Clintons go away! Please don't buy this as we have been screwed enough by this family!"
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