This is the story of a woman and a marriage, both so famous the world over, we think we know everything there is to know. But Hillary’s Choice renders America’s First Lady fully human for the first time.
Gail Sheehy uncovers the lifelong imprint of Hillary’s drillmaster father and the frustrated mother who taught her to bottle up her emotions and who took subversive pleasure in teaching her only daughter how to fight like a man. We listen in as Hillary describes, in letters to a college pen pal, her dreams of becoming a star and her depression when trying to choose an identity. And we meet her first love, the handsome Georgetown man who melted her midwestern puritanism but lost her to the more ambitious Bill Clinton.
We see the arc of Hillary’s life through her headstrong choices: as a Yale Law School graduate who chooses to marry an Arkansas boy, thinking she will get him elected to Con-gress and take him back to Washington; as a professional wife who chooses to abandon her own career dream so she can raise a “boy” to be a president; as a woman betrayed once too often who finally confronts her husband and makes the deal that will determine their future.
Sheehy has been observing Hillary Clinton for seven years, talking to her informally and writing about her in “Vanity Fair.” The biographical portrait that emerges is a tour de force of hard reporting shaped by the intimate contour of the author’s unique insights.