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Whether it was campaigning at the age of 13 years in the 1964 presidential election, receiving a standing ovation and being featured in LIFE magazine as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley, or graduating from Yale Law School, Hillary Clinton was always one to stand out from the pack.

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Hillary: A Biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton
Karen Blumenthal
Bloomsbury
Pp 433
Rs 599

Whether it was campaigning at the age of 13 years in the 1964 presidential election, receiving a standing ovation and being featured in LIFE magazine as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley, or graduating from Yale Law School, Hillary Clinton was always one to stand out from the pack. From First Lady of the US to the first female senator of New York and, most recently, as the US secretary of state, Clinton has gone from strength to strength in her career.

Purifying the Land of the Pure: Pakistan’s Religious Minorities
Farahnaz Ispahani
HarperCollins
Pp 254
Rs 499

Purifying the Land of the Pure is an analysis of Pakistan’s policies towards its religious minority populations, as well as an attempt to set the record straight on why Pakistan was created and when it moved away from Jinnah’s modern pluralist vision to that of a purely Sunni Islamic nation. Farahnaz Ispahani brings to the subject an uncommon combination: the rigour of a scholar and the ground-level experience of a parliamentarian.

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