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It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign - the candidate herself.

Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss. Drawing on the authors' deep knowledge of Hillary from their previous book, the acclaimed biography HRC, Shattered will offer an object lesson in how Hillary herself made victory an uphill battle, how her difficulty articulating a vision irreparably hobbled her impact with voters, and how the campaign failed to internalize the lessons of populist fury from the hard-fought primary against Bernie Sanders.

Moving blow by blow from the campaign's difficult birth through the bewildering terror of election night, Shattered tells an unforgettable story with urgent lessons both political and personal, filled with revelations that will change the way listeners understand just what happened to America on November 8, 2016.

©2017 Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes (P)2017 Random House Audio

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A stark reminder why they lost...

What would have made Shattered better?

The book has some soft criticisms of the Clinton's, the kind you might roll out in a job interview, 'Interviewer - what is a weakness of yours' HRC - 'I am too community minded and gave so much of myself to help others'.

The too long didn't read summation of this book is 'James Comey and white non educated voters cost HRC the election. HRC is amazing'.

What was most disappointing about Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes ’s story?

It glossed over HRC's weaknesses and minimised her involvement in scandal after scandal.

What does Kimberly Farr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Good voice inflection.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A quizzical understanding of the mindset of American Liberals.

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  • Dr
  • 18-07-2018

The Gulf Between Politicians and Reality

When you compare journalistic writing styles there is a. The kind of analytical, fair-minded, deep-thinking and superlative investigative writing style of e.g. John Carryrou in his book "Bad Blood" and b. The superficial, sycophantic and self-deluded writing style of so-called journalists that only understand a political food-chain. i.e. "Shattered".

Starting with the inability to answer the most basic question such as, 'why a country as wealthy and powerful as the United States' can only come up in the end with these two 'finalists' is for us, non-Americans, an eternal enigma.

But given that this may be conveniently beyond of the scope of the book, what is not beyond the scope is the failure to recognise (sic) any contribution of any international geopolitical trend (apart from Bill Clinton loosely mentioning it), the total detachment of US and international politics from the democratic reality of grass-roots self-determination (and aspirations) and the utter capitulation of politics to 'special interest' and lobby groups that has hijacked not just US politics but the entire global political agenda.

Whether it's so-called 'man-made global warming' or 'gay marriage', or 'social engineering' or business interests, the part played by the gulf between your leaders and the people who's standard of living is spiraling downwards out-of-control that drove Trump's success was barely explored. The comparatively few who prosper at the cost of the many who lack of their own champion after the demise of Sanders. Mind you, even the latter as a choice strikes an outsider as bizarre when you tally up the outbursts and eccentricities.

Instead, the time spent on the endless conveyor belt introducing one-political-nullity-after-another, portrayed as 'gifted geniuses' I guess doesn't just demonstrate how cheaply the word genius (or gifted) goes these days but seems to gives the book (laughingly) the feel of a 'celebrity roast' where everyone's in on the joke and everybody wins a prize. I'm sure everyone who got their name mentioned bought a copy.

Serious national issues were hardly touched. For example the outcry of alleged electoral fraud over the Sanders/'Hillary' primaries as outlined in documents (globally available and read I assure you) 'electionjusticeusa', 'A Report on the Fatally Flawed 2016 Primaries'. While an allegation (and apparently a well-thought-through allegation), voting irregularities played no part in this book while paradoxically, plenty of so-called irregularities are now being leveled at your president thanks to 'an ex-red under every bed' new political terror.

Sadly, all this replaces any serious analysis or understanding that should have been the object of why Hillary's campaign failed through all three lenses; local, national and the influence of international geopolitical trends. Instead, this book is a lightweight political 'wake' with little in the way of objectivity, understanding beyond the political food-chain and it's also downright boring. It finally refuses to say those 'three little words'. It's her fault.

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well read

The book was well read. The story is interesting, but it is a bit all over the place. Still interesting.

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  • Jonathan Burg
  • 23-04-2017

disappointing reading

I would have loved this book. The slow, mechanical reader completely ruined this for me. I'm a regular political junkie, but this was just unlistenable.

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  • Margaret A. Schuler
  • 24-04-2017

Better read than heard

Any additional comments?

I looked forward to reading this book and discovering the dynamics of the of Hillary Clinton campaign. I was quite disappointed. Much of analysis struck me as superficial, even though the authors managed to quote a lot of people. Something didn’t quite ring true. But since I listened to, rather than read, this book, I am not quite sure.My biggest difficulty with Shattered was with the reader. She stamped every line with her own snarky personal interpretation and this had to have altered the meaning of the written words in some way. If I listen to a book ready by an author, I know that the way she says something is the way she means it. In this case, I wonder if the authors agree with the interpretation of their chosen reader.In the end, I believe this is a book better read than listened to.

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  • JereMiami
  • 04-05-2017

Good, But Slanted

The book is a thorough revisit of the 2016 election. My only problem with it is that it has selective memory of the things that Clinton thought caused her loss For example, the book describes the Wikileaks dump dominating that week's news cycle far more than the Access Hollywood tape release.

Anyone who watched cable news during that week would know that about 90% of coverage was dedicated to the Access Hollywood tape. The book goes on to argue that the Comey letter and the Wikileak dump as unfair to Clinton without recognizing that the Access Hollywood tape may have been seen as unfair to Trump, but perhaps even more so.

Other than the subtle slant towards Clinton in what purportedly caused Clinton to lose the election, the book is still worth reading.

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  • R. Squyres
  • 22-04-2017

Kept At Arms Length From Hillary

What made the experience of listening to Shattered the most enjoyable?

The reader is very clear. I was able to listen at increased speed and get every word. The book itself is well paced.

What did you like best about this story?

The inside view of the Clinton Campaign.

Any additional comments?

I wish some of the comments in the conclusion had been made at the beginning of the book. In particular, the explanation of how the authors knew what people were thinking. Often Shattered includes statements about what Clinton or Obama thought. "Humm, how did they get in their head," I would wonder. That is explained.

The book works to show Clinton from many angles, but paints Republicans with one wide brush.

In many instances the book does not really take us behind the scenes as much as we'd like. It doesn't keep us close to Clinton, it keeps moving to campaign staff. We get very very familiar with the people working for Hillary, but are often kept at arms length from the main character.

What exactly happened on election night? According to Shattered, all was calm and collect on Hillary's end. A few calls from the President, a thoughtful night on how to step aside gracefully. No explosions. And maybe that's how it was. But it again gives the reader a feeling that they aren't being shown everything.

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  • Tommie F. Brown
  • 23-04-2017

Disappointed

It didn't really measure up to the "insider information" as touted. The story seemed to follow what was out there as public knowledge.

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  • Christopher Arthur
  • 28-04-2017

It's no "Game Change"

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it had some real insight into the campaigns.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes again?

Probably not.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shattered?

The authors are clearly Hillary supporters and their partisanship ruins the book unless you are a Hillary fanboy. I would cut out the blatant bias and cheap shots when describing The Hillary's primary opponents and Republican adversaries, which ruins the objectivity of the book.

Any additional comments?

It's no "Game Change", the behind the scenes book on the 2008 election.

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  • Rahul Thathoo
  • 13-07-2017

Slightly verbose but still valuable learnings

Spends way too much time around the primaries. Wished they spent more time on the campaign activities during presidential elections. But overall I would recommend this book as it describes in a lot of detail the biggest political debacle in recent history.

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  • Geysershark
  • 30-05-2017

Disappointing

What would have made Shattered better?

The book was written from a point of view devoted entirely to the apologetics of Clinton. Instead of reporting the overall facts of the campaign, the authors instead chose to report only what is considered the approved narrative.

What could Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Report the entire story, not just the narrative approved by the Clinton Campaign.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kimberly Farr’s performances?

No.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

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  • GRYHS
  • 14-05-2017

Another "what happened" re: Nov 8 2016

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

While there is no shortage of "How did we end up with Trump " books, this one is quite interesting in so far as it concentrates on the Clinton's team character, rather then trying to psychoanalyze the mood of the country. By no means, is it a complete and comprehensive picture, but neither it should be. Instead, in combination with something like Devil's bargain, you can really get a complete picture. How Trump was indeed perfect match to defeat Clinton and why.

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  • elvellon03
  • 02-05-2017

Worth the read

We all know how the story ends. I was hoping the book would give further anecdotes and tidbits and maybe dive in more to why the HRC campaign made the decisions it did.

Some of the writing was dramatic. The book is told from the perspective of Hillary's to lose so people like Bernie are described as "scowling" etc. but otherwise it flowed like a story.

The narrator was excellent

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-2017

To lose an election to Trump takes some doing

If you're looking for a politically neutral narrative then you won't find it here.

Too hagiographic at times, the book gives too much importance to the Comey letter as the main reason for her loss, but two days before the election Comey cleared her again which should resulted in a late surge. Earlier she had struggled against an improbabile Bernie Sanders..in a country with a female majority more white women -like herself voted for Trump so the misogyny excuse doesn't make sense either

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  • Tommy
  • 24-06-2017

Compelling and entertaining

The inside story of the struggles and dramatic collapse of Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential election campaign makes for a compelling and entertaining listen.

The book was compiled largely from off-the-record insider testimony, which means that much of it is unverifiable, but on the whole it comes across as credible and plausible.

I felt though that the authors glossed over the issue of Hillary's apparent toxicity within her own party during the protracted primary season and within the wider electorate in November.

Doug Wead in "Game of Thorns" convincingly attributes this to the scandals that dogged her husband's career in local and national politics.

"Shattered" would have benefitted from its own analysis of these issues and the extent to which they ruined Clinton's dream of a return to the White House.

The book's conclusion is marred somewhat by the authors' acceptance at face value of Clinton's dubious "The Russians hacked the election" excuse for her loss, despite its complete absence as an issue during the campaign itself.

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  • G. Raney
  • 20-04-2017

Book should have been called POOR BRAVE HILLARY

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The only people who will enjoy this book are those who are 100% for Hillary and the Democratic Party as it stands today. Anyone else who is looking for a well researched, open minded , unbiased, even handed book might as well forget it.

Has Shattered put you off other books in this genre?

No, but I will be researching the authors more closely before buying another one.

Have you listened to any of Kimberly Farr’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not and she did fine. The problem was not the reader.

What character would you cut from Shattered?

Can't cut any characters

Any additional comments?

I knew this was a Hillary apology book by page four or so, but managed to get through it. The authors either have no idea how to research, how to interpret what they learn, or they just don't want to. To say they are biased is an understatement. From all the hype I was expecting an even handed handling of the subject and found that not to be the case. Some big events like Bill Clinton's impeachment are glossed over and almost trivialized ........Hint to the authors.... No, Bill was not impeached for having extra marital sex, he was impeached for lying under oath and obstruction of justice. I think it had something to do with him being accused of sexual harassment or something not very nice, that I know Hillary has said was bad bad bad when others were accused of it. The email debacle is glossed over. Neither author bothered to really look into it or question the fact that Hillary got away with something that any lower level civil servant would have been fired, prosecuted and fined for. Their lives would have been destroyed. And on and on it goes with glossing over events that are easily researched if the authors were serious. America is still misogynist because it didn't elect Hillary. The fact that she is not trusted, even by liberals like Camille Paglia, is not a problem or even delved into. The authors also overuse the standard description of anyone who is not pro Hillary like misogynist, racist, non college educated, bigot...blah blah blah......... Hillary's faults are not looked into very deeply. She is misunderstood, tired, not feeling well and her team was not always up to the job. Hillary's biggest fault is that she cares too much! But then anyone who is truly trying to write a non biased even handed book might have delved into some of her real problems and come up with the conclusion that just maybe Hillary had too much history and baggage to win the election. The Democrats picked the wrong woman.

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  • Paul c
  • 27-09-2017

Good book

Interesting insight to the Clinton election defeat. Detailed background to the reason of here failure. A gripping lead up to the election and sad realisation of her defeat and bases of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-05-2017

Can't stop listening!

Am totally gripped, such an interesting tale of twists and turns. Strongly recommend. Loving it.

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  • Jack
  • 15-05-2017

If you're a political nerd, you'll like this book.

However, whilst I consider politics a big interest of mine, this book was too detailed in some areas.

It needed to frame Trump, and why he won, better.