Book Description: Speaking of Hillary is a balanced gathering of the best writing on Hillary Rodham Clinton. It includes well-established experts on public policy and the Clinton administration, as well as voices from unexpected and nonpolitical quarters. Several biographies of Mrs. Clinton exist, ranging in tone from very critical to fawning. Likewise, there are literally thousands of articles and essays exploring particular facets of her life, personality and actions. There has not been one source, however, that combines the depth of a biography with the convenience of an essay. Speaking of Hillary not only provides biographical background on Mrs. Clinton but also collects different views about what makes her interesting (or infuriating) to a broad array of people. Among the admirers, detractors and neutral observers brought together in this thought-provoking collection are many of the nation's leading cultural commentators, including Ellen Goodman, Maureen Dowd, Walter Shapiro, Barbara Ehrenreich, Pat Shroeder, Gore Vidal, Camille Paglia, Jean Houston, Joe Klein, Christopher Hitchens and Wendy Wasserstein. Readers will come away from the book knowing more of the facts of Mrs. Clinton's life, her personal story, her religious faith and the conflicts surrounding her. Most importantly, though, Mrs. Clinton is revealed as a complicated individual with great passion and many opinions rather than a black-and-white caricature of good or evil, as she is often portrayed. Since well before the 1992 elections, Hillary Rodham Clinton has caused both inspiration and despair for both liberals and conservatives. She is among the most beloved and despised of current public figures. Speaking of Hillary will be released during Mrs. Clinton's campaign for the New York senate seat, when the media will be focused intensely on her it is perfectly timed to grab the attention of a huge audience of readers with an unquenchable thirst for information about the First Lady.