I suppose it’s not technically plagiarism if you’re copying yourself, unless you decide to also implicate yourself for the theft of intellectual property from your own mind, but if you were wondering how Hillary Clinton had managed to eek out a book when she’s so stingy with public statements, it seems she literally took a page from herself.
As discovered by the Washington Free Beacon, Clinton cribbed entire passages for Hard Choices, her book about her years in government, from earlier speeches, testimony she gave in front of the House and Senate, from her husband and even from some of her earlier works.
Large portions of Hillary Clinton’s $14-million memoir Hard Choices are copied from more than a dozen public speeches, congressional testimony she made while serving as secretary of state, and her previous book Living History, a Washington Free Beacon analysis found.
Other passages mirror writing from other authors, including a speech given by her husband, Bill Clinton, in 1998, and an op-ed co-authored by Adm. James Stavridis, the former military commander of NATO, in the New York Times in 2011.
Clinton also appears to have recycled a sentence from Hard Choices in her review of Henry Kissinger’s book World Order, which appeared in the Washington Post on Sept. 14, 2014, three months after her book was published.
The book does not cite the segments that were drawn from prior speeches or note that the speeches were used in the acknowledgements.
You can check the instances for yourself over at Free Beacon, and their report is fairly comprehensive. The best part might be where Hillary Clinton either assumed you’ve never read – or had somehow forgotten – her previous book, and lifted passages straight from the self-aggrandizingly titled, Living History, for use in Hard Choices. It turns out, it seems, that Hillary Clinton herself couldn’t even come up with enough new accomplishments to fit into her de rigeur pre-Presidential autobiography; she had to pull a few exciting examples of her inspiring story from her earlier, already published other pre-Presidential autobiography (the one she released the last time she was supposed to win the nomination).
As you get to the bottom, you’ll notice where her ghostwriter began to tire of the topic of “Hillary Clinton” and moved on to opining on world affairs, at which point he or she abandoned speaking to Hillary Clinton as an authority and instead went to more reliable sources, like op-eds written by actual foreign policy scholars. Apparently, his or her boss was not expert enough at such foreign policy nuance to fill in the blanks herself.