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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Amazon delivers its verdict

Guy Davis just pointed out that the reviews of Hillary Clinton's new book, Hard Choices, are quite amusing.

It's worth spending five or ten minutes reading them; many are surprisingly clever. They are undoubtedly far more entertaining than the book itself.

Almost every review gives Hard Choices either one star or five stars, which is increasingly the case for books by prominent politicians. Hillary, as of this writing, has 753 one star reviews and 258 five star reviews.

Let's hope that's indicative of her future electoral returns.


Anonymous said...

Do we really want her to not get elected? The last time she failed, look what we ended up with.

John Craig said...

Anon --
True, but this time around, we don't necessarily have to end up with another Democrat. Also, as far as Democrats go, I've even rather have that fake Indian, Elizabeth Warren, than Hillary. Warren used her "ancestry" for affirmative action privileges, which is disgusting, but at least she stands for something. Hillary lies in practically her every public utterance, and stands for nothing except what is politically expedient.

Pavonine99 said...

I have sort of a theory that the more terrible of a person you are, the less likely it is that your prose will be any good. It's silly, but with every politician's memoir that gets published, I am more and more convinced of this.

Anonymous said...

Would you really rather have Elizabeth Warren than Hillary Clinton? Maybe I am mistaken, but I picture Elizabeth Warren effectively driving far left liberal politics down the throat of America. I picture Hillary effectively doing what most politicians do - achieving very little while making it seem otherwise.

John Craig said...

Pavonine --
There may be a correlation there, but wouldn't it be sort of hard to tell from any of these "autobiographies" given that most of them are ghost-written anyway? Theoretically, a professional writer would be able to iron those things out.

(Full disclosure: I almost never read politician's books anyway.)

John Craig said...

Anon --
Good point, and good analysis of what Hillary would do as well. And Warren certainly wouldn't be my first choice as Pres, I was only making the point that I really don't want HC. But that said, the primary way in which Warren is far left is that she wants to cut down on government support for the banks, and also reign in the ways in which corporations in general take advantage of all the various loopholes available to them, which I actually agree with. (I'm more libertarian than conservative, and think the way Apple and others are allowed to park their money overseas is outrageous.) THAT said, you're right, she's probably pretty far left in other ways too, which I'm sure I'd disagree with.

Glen Filthie said...

I like to understand my political enemies. I tried to read 'The Audacity of Hope' but threw it away in disgust. I know, burning books is a hallmark of fascism - but so is Mein Kampf! Obama's book was about race and vote whoring and made for pathetic, contemptable reading. The author was exactly what I thought he was.
I will bet you are bang on the money with Hillary too, John. She will not say ANYTHING controversial or shocking in her book. She will try and present herself as the woman that, if elected - can provide More Free Money To Stupid People AND lower taxes to boot! (Of course, she can't get specific about that until after she's elected dontchya know...). I remember how she put on a corn pone Aunt Jemima accent once when she was speaking to a gaggle of black women in her last campaign. Pull my other finger, Hillary - it has bells on it!
The last guy won on hopey-changiness and victim politics...I am not sure that Americans will fall for that again...but who knows, I didn't think Obama would get a second term either.

John Craig said...

Glen -
I've actually read most of The Audacity of Hope and thought it wasn't bad. But the entire time I was reading it, I couldn't help but think, what happened to this reasonable-sounding guy? Obama is far left, no question, but the book sounds more like one of his campaign speeches from 2008: more centrist. In effect, it did end up as one of his campaign speeches, and was about as honest.

I sure hope they play the film of Hillary's black church speech over and over in 2016. That was definitely one of the most cringe-worthy moments of the 2008 campaign. Of course, no one ever called Obama on the fact that his own "black accent" got thicker whenever he spoke to a primarily black audience.

Anonymous said...

Too bad Hillary Clinton doesn't have the desire to retire, kick back and enjoy her "golden years" (outside of public office). I guess the love of power is an addiction for her. Many of the comments left by Amazon reviewers were spot-on (and even amusing), concerning Hillary Clinton's book - it was apparently a "flat" book, not having much truth (or depth) to it. I won't read it.


John Craig said...

Birdie --
I hadn't thought about it that way, but I think you're right, it IS an addiction for her. And I'm with you, I own't be reading her book either.