The Truth-O-Meter Says:
Clinton

Says she is the subject of 60 books.

Hillary Clinton on Sunday, April 13th, 2008 in a forum on faith-related issues at Messiah College in Grantham, Penn.

Yes, from American Evita to The Very Unofficial Hillary Clinton Coloring Book

Hillary Clinton has been good for the book business.

She's sold lots of her own books ($10.5-million in royalties from 2000-2007, according to her tax returns), and she has inspired dozens more by her friends and enemies.

At a forum on faith issues in Grantham, Pa., on April 13, 2008, Clinton was asked about her comments that she had felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. She replied that since she was young, she had felt the presence of God many times.

She added, "You know, I am someone who has talked a lot about my life. You know more about my life than you know about nearly anybody else's, about 60 books' worth, some of which are, you know, frankly, a little bit off-base."

She has mentioned the 60-book figure several times before. We wondered if she was right.

We don't normally rely on Wikipedia as a primary source for PolitiFact because it's open-to-all-editors approach raises questions about its accuracy, but we found it has the most complete list of Clinton books. It conveniently separates them into volumes by Clinton herself, as well as those that take an anti-Clinton and pro-Clinton approach.

From Clinton herself there is It Takes a Village and Living History, not to mention her senior honors thesis, "There Is Only the Fight...": An Analysis of the Alinsky Model." The pro-Clinton books include The Case for Hillary Clinton and Hillary's Turn: Inside Her Improbable, Victorious Senate Campaign.

The anti-Clinton market must be considerably more lucrative because it has four times the pro-Clinton offerings. The anti-Clinton books include Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House, Can She be Stopped? and Hillary's Scheme: Inside the Next Clinton's Ruthless Agenda to Take the White House.

The "mostly neutral" books include Carl Bernstein's A Woman in Charge and Judith Warner's Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story. We also found some intriguing scholarly studies: The Rhetorical Construction of the Female Politician in Newspapers: How National Newspapers Portrayed Katherine Harris and Hillary Clinton During Controversial Times and Hillary Rodham Clinton as 'Madonna': The Role of Metaphor and Oxymoron in Image Restoration.

We checked the count on WorldCat.org, an online catalog of books. We only counted books in English, which meant we excluded Hillary Clinton: die machtigste Frau der Welt, and we skipped The Hillary Clinton Voodoo Kit: Stick It to Her, Before She Sticks It to You! because it sounded more novelty item than literature.

Our WorldCat search came up with 48 books. Wikipedia's list was more complete: 69 books if you include the scholarly studies, 58 if you don't.

So Clinton was in the ballpark. We rate her statement True.

 

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Published: Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Candidate Biography

Sources:

CNN, Transcript of Democratic Candidates Compassion Forum, April 13, 2008

Clinton campaign, Hillary and Bill Clinton Tax Returns, 2000-2007

WorldCat

Wikipedia, List of books about Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

Written by: Bill Adair
Researched by: Lissa August
Edited by: Scott Montgomery

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