An admiring biography chronicles the life and many remarkable accomplishments of Hillary Rodham Clinton, from childhood to her campaign to become the Democratic candidate for U.S. president in 2016.
The subtitle refers to a quote attributed to Methodist Church founder John Wesley that Clinton learned in Sunday school and then internalized. It is through this frame that Levinson chronicles her subject’s lifelong devotion to service: working for the committee investigating the possible impeachment of President Richard Nixon, as attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund, first lady of Arkansas and then of the United States, U.S. senator, secretary of state, partner in the Clinton Foundation, and two-time candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Levinson also offers insight into Clinton’s personal life: her childhood and youth in Illinois; her immersion in activism as a student at Wellesley College and Yale University; relationships with her parents, daughter, and husband; and reliance on her religious faith to see her through the most difficult and disappointing times in life, including the Health Security Act failure, Whitewater, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and Benghazi, even touching on the classified-email fiasco.
A respectful, insightful, and inspiring portrait of a fiercely ambitious, remarkably successful woman who has changed the face of American politics. (photos, notes, bibliography) (Biography. 8-12)