Already the author of three weighty memoirs, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released her first novel Tuesday. Titled "State of Terror," the book was co-written with bestselling author Louise Penny and centers around a secretary of state and her rival, the president who hand-selected her. Clinton is said to be siphoning from real-life experience and would-be catastrophes to inform the work: The ongoing threat of terrorism and various complications in the Middle East and Central Asia are clearly superimposed from Clinton's life both in and out of office. The moment her debut work of fiction was published, Clinton became one of the most famous novelists in the world, with meteoric reach in peddling nearly 500 pages that reimagine her public persona. Clinton's new book is just the most recent example of a powerful leader who has exercised the privilege to tweak and prune her own history with a subversiveness via fiction not otherwise enjoyed on the paid lecture and earned media circuit. The moment her debut work of fiction was published, Clinton became one of the most famous novelists in the world, with meteoric reach in peddling nearly 500 pages that reimagine her public persona. Global political figures have always had many tools and deep resources at their disposal to craft their personal image and deploy PR rehabilitation strategies in the face of a drop in public regard. While there is precedent for politicians dabbling in both literature and art, the hypervisibility of the contemporary era allows for these hobbies to become another tool in the approval-ratings arsenal, cheapening both them and their mediums. Clinton’s own husband, former President Bill Clinton, led the charge when he tapped James Patterson to help write his book, 2018's "The President Is Missing," and more recently, "The President's Daughter." This is in addition to literature by other politicians of note: Stacey Abrams, Jimmy Carter and Newt Gingrich among them. On the visual side of the spectrum, later-in-life painters George W. Bush and Hunter Biden became two of the most well-known artists of all time overnight. The gang's all here. As with these other allegedly artistic pursuits, a release like "State of Terror" transcends literature itself. The issue of quality is lost in the fog of a predetermined commerce. An assumed financial success, the writing is the least vital component. That's not to assume it's bad, although conservative talk radio will likely have its hands — and mouths — full this week. A more interesting phenomenon than the prospect of a decent autumn read is at stake here. In this case, another take on real-world events by one of its key players is offered, but it uses the bulletproof shield of fiction to add theater and murk to what are possibly deeply held beliefs that may seem vulgar to express otherwise. It's the ventriloquist's dummy who doesn't appreciate your haircut; the vent . . . read the full article here.