The Evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton

ISBN: 9781911335276 (paperback, pocket-sized, 188 pages) Available June 1, 2016 from Squint Books, an imprint of Eyewear Publishing (UK): Order $14.49
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Bestseller (5th) for July-Sept. 2016, Small Press Distribution
Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 6.04.13 PMWho is Hillary Clinton, beyond the right-wing smear campaign and the reputation of her husband? Sonya Huber’s short, accessible book takes a balanced look at Hillary, delving into the evolution of her image, her detractors and their attacks, and her policy decisions, offering an overview of the forces that have shaped her. From her role as Secretary of State to her commitment to women’s rights, her changing positions and charges of unreliability on issues of trade and the environment, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s political agenda has changed over time. Do these changes make her a reptilian “shape-shifter” or just a politician? Will she be responsive to a changing Democratic Party in America, and how will she govern as President of the United States?

Sonya Huber has achieved the near-impossible: she’s managed to contextualize Hillary Clinton’s long political career with precision, clarity, and wit. Examined herein are Hillary’s complicated relationships with her husband, the American public, Wall Street, feminism, Mother Theresa, and even the author herself…you’ll find no better primer on this fascinating, polarizing woman.” –Shannon Drury, author of The Radical Housewife: Redefining Family Values for the 21st Century

“Finally, a book for people who are unsure about how they think about Hillary Clinton. Cutting beyond the partisan attacks from the Right and the Left, Sonya Huber presents a politician who is flawed yet principled, willing to compromise yet also holding on to bedrock principles. In short, Huber has humanized Hillary Clinton in a way no one else has—or is willing to. An essential read for anyone on the Left.” –Robert Greene II, Book Review Editor, Society of U.S. Intellectual Historians

“During an election cycle in which political coverage often comes across as a farce, it is refreshing to read a sincere exploration of a complicated political figure….Huber tackles meaty topics related to Hillary’s political life independent of her role as First Lady of the United States. Chapter titles include: ‘Hillary is a Woman, and That’s Apparently a Problem’; ‘Is Hillary a Feminist?’; ‘Hillary is a Capitalist’; ‘H is for Hawk’; and ‘Foreign Policy Nightmares and Quagmires.’ Readers looking for mere sound bites will be sorely disappointed as Huber presents evidence and comments on the nuances involved in political life.” (Full review here) – Wendy Besel Hahn in Barrelhouse, July 4, 2016

“She looks at Clinton’s record and history with a truly unbiased eye, offering a perspective, in the opinion of this writer, as close to objective as can be, peppered with Huber’s signature wit, in telling the story of the first female presidential nominee of a major party. Immensely readable, and in parts laugh-out-loud hysterical, I swallowed this text whole in one sitting, finding myself pulled in headfirst into the details of the record of a woman who seeks to make history.” – Nick Mancuso in Millennial/Political, August 5, 2016

“In The Evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Huber assesses fair and unfair criticisms of Clinton. I found Huber’s look from the Left balanced and interesting—and, more to the point, useful. With her historical overview, Huber clarified my own mixed feelings as a moderate progressive.” – Richard Gilbert, Nov. 2, 2016.

Press Coverage

Frank Juliano, “Fairfield Professor Authors Book on Hillary Clinton,” CT Post, May 27, 2016.

Meredith Guinness, “Fairfield U. Professor Handicaps Clinton’s Chances in New Book,” Fairfield Voice, July 27, 2016.

Thomas Fitzgerald, “Democrats’ Goal Ahead of Convention: Shifting Thinking about Hillary Clinton,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 28, 2016. Reprinted in The Wichita Eagle.

Kevin Zimmerman, “Fairfield University Professor charts Hillary Clinton’s life in new book,” Fairfield County Business Journal, August 4, 2016.

Da Chen, “Shifting Towards Clinton: A Voter’s Evolution” in Los Angeles Review of Books blog, August 26, 2016

Podcast interview: Gangrey segment 47 on The Evolution of Hillary Clinton and Sonya Huber’s other works; journalism and creative nonfiction; writing process.

Richard Gilbert, “The case for Hillary.” Nov. 2, 2016.

My Blog Pieces & Commentary

Make American Nuanced,” Stamford Advocate Op-Ed, July 24, 2016. Also appeared in Greenwich Time

Essaying Hillary,” University of Nebraska Press Blog, August 1, 2016.

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