The Girls in the Van by Beth Harpaz
A Reporter's Diary of the Campaign Trail

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The Girls in the Van is the ultimate press pass to Hillary Clinton's historic Senate run, following the first lady from the moment she dons a black pantsuit and a Yankees cap all the way to her historic victory. This book is a front-row seat in the press van as Hillary takes a "My Fair Lady" -style Yiddish lesson, invokes Harriet Tubman thirty times on a tour of black churches, and spends as much time explaining why she kissed Yassir Arafat's wife as she does justifying why she stays married to Bill. The Girls in the Van takes you on an unforgettable trip, from the ladies room at the Waldorf to the garden of the Clinton's Westchester home.

About Beth Harpaz

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Beth Harpaz joined The Associated Press in 1988 after working for newspapers in Staten Island, N.Y., and Bergen County, N.J. She has won feature-writing awards from the New York Press Club and the Newswomen's Club of New York, and she holds degrees from Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her coverage of Hillary Clinton's campaign has appeared in newspapers all over the country, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Published October 12, 2001 by Thomas Dunne Books. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Harpaz provides juicy details contrasting Clinton and Lazio: while the first lady’s foreign-policy vision, as presented to the Council on Foreign Relations, “cover[ed] everything from the Balkans to missile-defense technology to human rights to Israel,” Lazio “referred to the president of North K...

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The Clinton campaign staff felt from the beginning that the press corps was underreporting their candidate's base of support, and Harpaz concedes that she and her colleagues resisted the positive reactions of people who came to hear Clinton speak.

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For two long years, Associated Press staff writer Harpaz covered Hillary Clinton's Senate election campaign.

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