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By Christopher Andersen

"I do not hand over. I hold going."
Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Back at Wellesley, Hillary decided to write her thesis on the work of Saul Alinsky, the leftist firebrand whose 1947 book, Reveille for Radicals, was regarded by many as the bible of the protest movement. Colorful, outspoken, and often outrageous, Alinsky believed the only way to effect change was by confronting those in power—with protest marches, strikes, and sit-ins. Hillary was an ardent admirer of both Alinsky and Marxist theoretician Carl Oglesby, who denounced America’s “ruling class” and had nothing but praise for Ho Chi Minh, Castro, and Mao.

Although he told her she was throwing her life away—and the chance to make a real difference in the lives of the poor and disenfranchised—Hillary applied to several of the country’s top law schools. ” She may have questioned Saul Alinsky’s overall strategy, but she embraced many of his tactics. The agitator emeritus believed in a win-at-all-cost approach in the battle for power, and that that required zeroing in with laserlike intensity on one’s enemies. ” Senator Edward Brooke was Hillary’s first major target, and the speech in which she castigated him caught the eye of the national media.

Dorothy was, in fact, concerned about Hillary’s appearance—Hillary irked her mother by refusing to wear makeup—and her apparent lack of interest in boys. When the school newspaper predicted that the humorless, compulsive overachiever would wind up in a convent as “Sister Frigidaire,” Hillary paid little mind. “She thought it was all superficial and silly,” Dorothy said. ” Indeed, as a teenager Hillary seemed hell-bent on filling every spare moment with fresh ideas and eye-opening experiences. Through her church, First United Methodist, she volunteered to babysit the children of migrant farmworkers brought in each year to work the fields not far from Park Ridge.

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