Note to New York Magazine Frank Rich — and ‘personality?’

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Yes…I found Secretary Clinton’s book interesting to read – even fun – because I traveled on many of the foreign trips she writes about (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India etc.)  Her book gave me more information about those trips than what I saw or heard while on those trips.  That is interesting, and yes, fun, since I like to learn and getting more information is fun for me.  I am forever curious….

 The traveling press is not given an all access pass to official meetings on foreign trips and this book gave me information that I did not already have.  

 I read all the books of authors I interview.  

My thought?  To quote you in part “you know you are in trouble” when you are writing about a book that came out two months ago. :)  

And as for the description that I am a “personality” is  funny.  Is that my job? to be a personality?  


“…It has been an unexpectedly hard summer for Hard Choices—and, by implication, for its author. The book had a dream rollout worthy of J. K. Rowling: a prime-time ABC special with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America with Robin Roberts, a CNN town hall with Christiane Amanpour, Jane Pauley on CBS, The Daily Show, online Q&As at Facebook and Twitter, even a respectful interview with Greta Van Susteren and Bret Baier at Fox News. But the book tour was stalked by controversies—Clinton’s tone-deaf complaint about being “dead broke” after leaving the White House in 2001, her fumbled answers to questions about her astronomical speaking fees. And much of the press was unkind to Hard Choices itself. You know a Clinton book is in trouble when one of its few partisans is a Fox News personality—Van Susteren, who called it “a fun read.” John Dickerson of Slate spoke for many of those hardy few who actually read the book from cover to cover when he described it as “the low-salt, low-fat, low-calorie offering with vanilla pudding as the dessert.” The only news in Hard Choices was not to be found in its 656-page ocean of prose but in the subtext. Despite Clinton’s disingenuous claim in the epilogue about 2016 (“I haven’t decided yet”), no one in her right mind would write a fat book this dull, this unrevealing, and this innocuous unless she were running for president…”

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