Title: "A Woman in Charge"

Author: Carl Bernstein

Publisher: Knopf

Pages: 628

Price: $27.95

In a Nutshell: Rejecting the caricature that is often used to describe Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., veteran journalist Bernstein portrays her, warts and all, but also with all her visible strengths as the front-runner for the presidential Democratic nomination. Using unusual access to numerous people who either are or have been close to Clinton, Bernstein presents an impressively balanced view of her life, her politics and her surprising devotion to religion. He is especially instructive on her transition from first lady to senator.

—Dennis Lythgoe