Out today --
(or at least according to Amazon) is a new book, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign. This book is no doubt for those who are still amazed at what a loser Clinton was and is. The authors' previous work includes a hagiography of Hillary Clinton, so I guess I'd rather trust them than Doug Wead, author of Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton's Failed Campaign and Donald Trump's Winning Strategy. If Donald Trump had a "winning strategy," it would look something like "spend half of what your opponent spent, run a campaign that would be a sure loser under any other circumstances, and wait for your opponent to lose her core voters to 'none of the above.'" That's the heroic Donald Trump in a nutshell.
At any rate, one thing that's weird about this book is that (on Amazon at least) it's only out in hardcover or in Kindle. Usually when a book isn't released in paperback it means the publishers have no faith in the public's willingness to buy the book.
At any rate, I'm sure there's a fair share of melodrama in this book as well as a lot of details. The New York Times review is indicative of this:
The authors of "Shattered," however, write that even some of her close friends and advisers think that Clinton "bears the blame for her defeat," arguing that her actions before the campaign (setting up a private email server, becoming entangled in the Clinton Foundation, giving speeches to Wall Street banks) "hamstrung her chances so badly that she couldn't recover," ensuring that she could not "cast herself as anything but a lifelong insider when so much of the country had lost faith in its institutions."
I do agree that Clinton bears the blame for her defeat, which is why I think the book is probably worth reading. But my guess is that last year's Clinton campaign was in no sense "doomed," and that there were a number of things Clinton herself could have done to win against an opponent of Trump's caliber. In the end, she did none of them.
Why the publishers can't issue a paperback, OTOH, is beyond me. Maybe we'll all just wait for Doug Henwood to host one of the authors on his radio show.