West Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/26/16 – Bond, Alma H., PhD.Baltimore: Bancroft Press, 2015. 285 pages. (Genre: Psychobiography)
Happy Birthday Hillary Clinton! What a belated birthday present the Presidency would make.
Today seemed like the right day to review Dr. Alma Bond’s book HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: ON THE COUCH for THE HOLLYWOOD TIMES. The 285 pages flew by very fast during the roar of election news pouring in from all sides.
The best thing about reading Dr. Bond’s book during this historic campaign is that it overviews Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s remarkable life history from A to Z, touching equally upon the personal and the political. “I only follow the rules when I agree with them,” says the Clinton character on page 194.
Unsurprisingly, Hillary Clinton’s conflicted relationships with her father and husband loom the largest in this fictional psychoanalysis. Clinton crafted her legendary career in public life with very little support from her narcissistic father, a former petty officer in the Navy. She later married a sex addict from the South who did support her in many ways but was unable to remain faithful to her.
Echoing former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Clinton asserts that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. “You win one day, you lose another day, you don’t take it personally. You get up every day and you go on” (page 18).
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: ON THE COUCH should be accessible to the intelligent general reader except perhaps for the complex international political matter touched upon later during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. “The world of the Secretary of State is a closed world, which is difficult to understand if you are not deeply involved in it” (page 272).
Here is an example from one of these later sections to gauge reader accessibility: “When Chelsea was fifteen. . .we took our first extended trip abroad without the President. . . .He wanted to oversee the development of good relations with India after their forty-year policy of non-alignment with the United States and ties with Russia during the Cold War. The State Department approved of our visit, seeing it as a way to highlight the administration’s commitment to the region, and I wanted to extend my passionate crusade to improve the rights of women” (page 164).
Clinton’s four-year term as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 netted her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination along with successor John Kerry for work done on the decade-long Iranian nuclear negotiation. She was the only former First Lady of the United States to become a member of the US Cabinet and visited a record total of 112 countries.
“My goal in life is to improve the lives of humanity,” says the Clinton character on page 98. Daughter, mother, wife, lawyer, former First Lady of Arkansas, former First Lady of the United States, former Senator of the United States, and former Secretary of State who is now fighting Donald Trump himself for the nation’s highest office: Hillary Clinton could go down in history as one of the most qualified Presidents ever to hold the position!
Like its subject, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: ON THE COUCH combines the uncombinable. Dr. Bond requested an interview from Clinton that was never granted.
Of course all psychiatric records are strictly confidential and could never be published and circulated to a mass audience. Some Amazon reviewers feel that the form negates the book’s value while others clearly appreciate the content.
Naturally a woman as accomplished and self-assured as Hillary Clinton can excite extreme reactions. Bond’s fictional psychotherapist begins to articulate commonly heard biases against Clinton’s unfashionable clothing, Type A personality, and other distinctive traits from the very first pages of the book.
With these caveats in mind, read HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: ON THE COUCH as a reminder about all its subject has done and could do for the USA. For few women in history have spent as little time on the couch as Hillary Rodham Clinton!