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Shvoong Home>Books>Biographies>LIVING HISTORY : MEMOIRS Review

LIVING HISTORY : MEMOIRS

Book Review   by:TRANSCRIBER     Original Author: HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
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“Bhutto(Benazir) was the only celebrity I had ever stood behind a rope line to see. Chelsea and I were strolling around London during a holiday trip in the summer of 1989. We noticed a large crowd gathered outside the Ritz Hotel, and I asked people what they were waiting for. They said Benazir Bhutto was staying at the hotel and was soon expected to arrive. Chelsea and I waited until the motorcade drove up. We watched Bhutto, swathed in yellow chiffon, emerge from her limousine and glide into the lobby. She seemed graceful, composed and intent.” – Living History (pp.271) “At the momen’s luncheon, Meenakshi Gopinath, the principal of Lady Sriram College, a secondary school, presented me with my inspiration – a hand-printed poem written by one of her students, Anasuya Sengupta. It was called “Silence,” and it began :Too many women in too many countries speak the same language. Of silence… I couldn’t get the poem out of my head…” – Ibid(pp.277) In this memoir written by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator and the former First Lady, she primarily recounts her life in White House. With this she also recollects her child hood , her family, her childhood friends,her high school and college years. Although many events described by her in her memoir are not highly interesting the recollections of her years in the Yale Law Schoo andl her friendship and courtship with Bill Clinton are quite interesting. Besides dealing with her elevated status as the first lady of Arkansas, when Bill Clinton became the Governor of Arkansas, she also deals with many historic and social issues like Vietnam War, Feminism , women’s rights, gender inequality, Education, human rights, prostitution, abuse of children, non-violence movement, Rural Banking movement of Bangladesh, and many more important and complicated issues.
She has narrated her ecounter with many interesting personalities belonging to dofferent walks of life. She has nicely recounted her travels and gives a balanced opinion about places and people she visited. The recollections of her visits to Pakistan, India and Bangladesh have been written with remarkable passion. She gives a detailed account of white water scandal, and a brief account of Monica Lewinsky scandal. She describes her devastating state of mind when Bill Clinton finally confesses the truth about Lewinksy to his family. A clear picture of functioning of the White House emerges from her work. The tremendous self control and patience of this otherwise tough and ambitious lady during times of adversity has an exemplary effect. The passion, ambition, hope, aspiration, frustration and failings of the common woman finds ventilation in the memoirs of Hillary Clinton, one of the most remarkable women of modern times.
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