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Hillary Rodham Clinton Book Tells Story of Life in White House


The former first lady and now New York Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has written a book about her eight years in the White House. It is being released with a great deal of public fanfare.

The book reveals details about the notorious Monica Lewinsky scandal involving her husband, President Clinton.

In Living History, the wife of former President Clinton recounts the moment when Mr. Clinton informed her that he had, in fact, had what he called "a relationship that was not appropriate" with Miss Lewinsky, then a White House intern.

She writes, "I could hardly breathe. Gulping for air, I started crying and yelling at him, What do you mean? What are you saying? Why did you lie to me? I was furious and getting more so by the second. He just stood there saying over and over again, I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I was trying to protect you and Chelsea," referring to their daughter.

Mrs. Clinton says she hopes that people will read the book for more than intimate details of her troubled marriage. "It's a pretty long book, and it's about my life, and it's about all of the issues that I've worked on, particularly on behalf of women and children, and things that I've cared about literally since I was a little girl," she said. "I think it will give people more insight and, perhaps, answer questions. It's also my story."

Publisher Simon & Schuster paid Senator Clinton $8 million for the 560-page book, and has ordered an unusually large first printing of one-million copies. Publishing rights to the book already have been sold in 16 countries.

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