In This Review

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign
By Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes
Crown, 2017, 180 pp

As Americans struggle to come to terms with the consequences of the remarkable presidential election of 2016, Allen and Parnes take a comprehensive look at the dysfunctional campaign of Hillary Clinton that failed to stop Donald Trump’s improbable march to the White House. It is a gripping read about a dispiriting team. One of the interesting phenomena of recent American elections has been the increasing mismatch between the quality of the reportage and the quality of the candidates; rarely in the long annals of political history have so many good books been produced about such mediocre figures. Anyone with an interest in the U.S. political process will want to consult this book, but in the end, it is hard to believe that the root causes of Clinton’s failure lay with the team she assembled. Future historians seeking to understand her defeat will learn less from tales about squabbling among her aides than from the story of the troubled American polity outside the bubble they inhabited.