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Influential Hillary Clinton biography to launch in DUMBO

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the subject of a new book, “HRC,” written by White House correspondents Amie Parens and Jonathan Allen. The authors will appear in DUMBO for a book launch party on Feb. 12.  AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File

Brooklyn BookBeat

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Two White House correspondents trace Hillary Clinton's political comeback, from the ashes of her primary defeat to the most important diplomatic position in the world.

Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history.

The story of Hillary’s phoenix-like rise is at the heart of “HRC,” a riveting political biography that journeys into the heart of “Hillaryland” to discover a brilliant strategist at work. Masterfully unfolded by Jonathan Allen of Bloomberg News and The Hill’s Amie Parnes from more than 200 top-access interviews with Hillary’s intimates, colleagues, supporters, and enemies, “HRC” portrays a seasoned operator who negotiates political and diplomatic worlds with equal savvy.

Loathed by the Obama team in the wake of the primary, Hillary worked to become the president’s greatest ally, their fates intertwined in the work of reestablishing America on the world stage. “HRC” puts readers in the room with Hillary during the most intense and pivotal moments of this era, as she mulls the president-elect’s offer to join the administration, pulls the strings to build a coalition for his war against Libya, and scrambles to deal with the fallout from the terrible events in Benghazi—all while keeping one eye focused on 2016.

“HRC” offers a rare look inside the merciless Clinton political machine, as Bill Clinton handled the messy business of avenging Hillary’s primary loss while she tried to remain above the partisan fray. Exploring her friendships and alliances with Robert Gates, David Petraeus, Leon Panetta, Joe Biden and the president himself, Allen and Parnes show how Hillary fundamentally transformed the State Department through the force of her celebrity and her unparalleled knowledge of how power works in Washington.

Filled with deep reporting and immersive storytelling, this remarkable portrait of the most important female politician in American history is an essential inside look at the woman who may be our next president.

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The Feb. 12 event will begin at 7 p.m. The powerHouse Arena is located at 37 Main St. in DUMBO.

February 11, 2014 - 9:30am


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