The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

The Destruction of Hillary Clinton is an answer to the question we’ve all been asking: How did an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced, and admired candidate—whose victory would have been as historic as Barack Obama’s—come to be seen as a tool of the establishment, a chronic liar, and a talentless politician?

In this masterful narrative of the 2016 campaign year, Susan Bordo unpacks the right-wing assault on Clinton and her reputation, the way the left provoked the suspicion and indifference of a younger generation, and the unprecedented influence of the media.

Urgent, insightful, and engrossing, The Destruction of Hillary Clinton is an essential guide to understanding the most controversial presidential election in American history.


SUSAN BORDO is a media critic, cultural historian, and feminist scholar. Her books include Unbearable Weight, and, most recently, The Creation of Anne Boleyn. She is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. Read her on MobyLives!

“For the many of us still shell-shocked by this unrecognizable America, Bordo’s book offers a clear analysis of how a candidate who received the overwhelming majority of the popular vote, did not win the presidency.” —The Forward

“Vital. An important…examination of the strange political life of Hillary Clinton.” —Salon

“Bordo’s feminist analysis is concise and incisive…A large part of Bordo’s objective with this books is to counter the deep trove of misogynist material that has been used to discredit Hillary throughout the decades. In this regard, Bordo faces a nearly impossible task – a lone voice in the winds of the misogyny. But it is admirable. Openly loving Hillary Clinton is, indeed, a radical act.” —Quartz

“A fascinating take on the painfully long campaign and how the political upset happened.”—Bustle

“Bordo has successfully picked apart the various threads of unfairness (there are so many that sometimes one struggles to think about it) that brought us to the conventional Hillary narrative that destroyed her.” —Bust Magazine

“Bordo superbly chronicles the election campaign…thorough, accurate and convincing.” —The Missourian

“This perceptive, thoroughly readable book will strike a chord with [Clinton] supporters and prove enlightening to many others hoping to make sense of a contentious election.” —Booklist