Hillary Clinton
A Life in American History
by Kathleen Gronnerud
September 2021, 229pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7417-8
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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Hillary Clinton has served her country as a lawyer, first lady of Arkansas and then the United States, senator from New York, secretary of state, and, in 2016, the first female presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party.

This single-volume resource for students and general audience readers provides an in-depth overview of the life experiences, influences, and personal views of Hillary Clinton from her childhood in 1950s suburban Chicago to her presidential run in 2016.

While numerous volumes have been written about Hillary Clinton, many authors have devoted entire books to just one aspect of Clinton’s public or private life. Yet few, if any, single volumes have provided a comprehensive look at her life in public service from an objective, scholarly viewpoint.

Designed both for students doing research and general readers wanting to know more about Clinton’s life and career, this book not only offers an overview of her education, family, career, and political views, but also provides historical context to her choices, accomplishments, and defeats. The volume’s chapters present a chronological telling of her life story thus far including key experiences, influences, and the development of her political views. The volume also includes photographs and short sidebars, which help to tie Clinton’s personal experiences to the contemporaneous culture of the nation. A lengthy bibliography provides assistance to readers interested in further research or reading.


  • Provides readers with a comprehensive look at Hillary Clinton's life in public service from an objective vantage point: her education, family and marriage, career as an attorney, experience as the first lady of Arkansas and the United States, and various roles in national politics
  • Contextualizes Clinton's life choices and contributions to U.S. political life through scholarly research and Clinton's own observations as expressed in her three memoirs and numerous media interviews over the course of 25 years
  • Clearly articulates how, at the highest levels of power, Clinton brought gender bias to the forefront of America's conscience, thereby further clearing the path for women in politics
  • Includes text-enhancing sidebars, a full chronology that includes the 2016 election, primary source documents, an extensive bibliography, and eye-catching photos
Kathleen Gronnerud is adjunct professor of history at Saddleback College. She is co-editor of Modern American Political Dynasties: A Study of Power, Family, and Political Influence. Gronnerud is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Northwestern University, and California State University, Fullerton and holds master's degrees in both journalism and history. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and the American Historical Association.

Women Making History

Women Making History is a series of single volume books that examine the lives and historical impact of the most iconic figures in American Women’s history.

Books in the Women Making History series explore the lives and contributions of important women in American history. Each volume goes beyond biographical details to consider historical context and explicitly discuss the world in which the individual lived and worked, the challenges she faced, and her lasting contributions. This approach allows readers to explore not just the life of a particular woman but also her various political, social, cultural, and historical contexts. In addition to chronological chapters, sidebars, a timeline, document excerpts, and a bibliography, an introductory chapter explores the cultural and historical significance of the individual and places her in the overall historical context, as well as how her actions, beliefs, or positions influenced not only women’s history, but history as a whole.


Each title in the series includes:
    • Series foreword
    • Preface
    • Chronological biographical chapters with sidebars
    • Supplemental chapter that explores "Why the Person Matters"
    • Timeline
    • Primary source documents
    • Bibliography
    • About the author
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