Shattered by Jonathan Allen
Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

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Thus, the first book paved the way for this one. The authors had been straight with the sources they’d interviewed the first time around; and this time out, they were ready to tell their stories, encouraged by the authors’ agreement, as they explain in an end note, to withhold the names of those requesting anonymity.
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Synopsis

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign--the candidate herself.

Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the authors' deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC, Shattered will offer an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders.

Moving blow-by-blow from the campaign's difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way readers understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.
 

About Jonathan Allen

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JONATHAN ALLEN is the White House Bureau Chief for POLITICO. An award-winning reporter, he has also written extensively about Congress and national politics, and he appears frequently as a political analyst on national television news programs. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Asher and Emma.AMIE PARNES is the White House correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington, where she covers the Obama Administration. A ten-year veteran of political journalism, she traveled with the Clinton, Obama and McCain campaigns while covering the 2008 presidential race for POLITICO. She appears frequently on MSNBC and has also been featured on CNN, Fox News and other networks.
 
Published April 18, 2017 by Crown. 480 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 25 2017

A top-notch campaign examination. If, like so many others, you wonder what on earth happened in November 2016, this is all the explanation you need.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Ron Elving on Apr 18 2017

Ultimately, Allen and Parnes get inside the campaign but not inside the mind of Hillary Clinton. Much the same seems to have been true for most of her staff and, ultimately, the voters.

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by John R. Coyne Jr. on May 01 2017

Thus, the first book paved the way for this one. The authors had been straight with the sources they’d interviewed the first time around; and this time out, they were ready to tell their stories, encouraged by the authors’ agreement, as they explain in an end note, to withhold the names of those requesting anonymity.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by David Shribman on Apr 24 2017

...Shattered provides a sharp behind-the-news and behind-the-scenes palette of details of a campaign that, in retrospect, seems preordained to fail, and fail miserably.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Apr 17 2017

In chronicling these missteps, “Shattered” creates a picture of a shockingly inept campaign hobbled by hubris and unforced errors, and haunted by a sense of self-pity and doom...

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The Columbus Dispatch

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Reviewed by Jack Torry on May 14 2017

The book is fast-paced and exceptionally well-done, although a few cliches get in the way, such as when the authors describe vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine “as dull as a month-old razor.”

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Seattle PI

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Reviewed by Joel Connelly on May 21 2017

...disconnected "data driven" 2016 campaign of Hillary Clinton helped deliver to America the disorganized, ego-driven presidency of Donald Trump..."Shattered" is fair to its subject. It gives full treatment to hits taken by the Clinton campaign.

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Lincoln Journal Star

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Reviewed by JAMES CAMPBELL on May 15 2017

A tangible absence from the book is a true feeling for the candidate herself. What should have been a story of profound tragedy for an individual denied the achievement of a lifetime goal instead becomes one of bureaucratic mismanagement.

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National Review Online

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Reviewed by JIM GERAGHTY on Apr 19 2017

If the journalists with the best access to the front-running campaign hadn’t had to save all of their best material for a post-election book, maybe the results of the 2016 election wouldn’t have been so stunning.

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BG Daily News

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Reviewed by Steven Ginsberg on Apr 23 2017

Those who have been fascinated with Hillary Clinton for the past quarter-century may want to add “Shattered” to their libraries. But those looking for some of those answers will want to look elsewhere.

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