The Choice | SLJ DVD Review

redstarThe Choice. (Frontline). 120 min. Dist. by PBS. 2016. $24.99. ISBN 9781627899031.

DVD-The Choice 2016Gr 8 Up –The PBS series presents a biography/documentary to examine the latest presidential candidates, an election year tradition since 1988. This edition concentrates primarily on the psychological makeup of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump and the influences that combined to create their well-known personas. The candidates are presented in an evenhanded manner that allows their primary personality traits to surface through archival footage that reaches back to their parents’ generation and interviews with friends, colleagues, critics, and historians. In Clinton’s case, secretiveness, suspicious behavior, and caution are key characteristics, along with an early desire to serve the nation. Trump is shown as a great manipulator whose penchant for revenge is an essential factor in his run for the presidency. Without any apparent bias, the work allows the lives and deeds of the two candidates to speak for themselves. In a time when entertainment has generally co-opted news, this is an important analysis of the new leader of the United States and of Clinton. VERDICT Highly valuable for social studies, history, political science, and economics classes. It will become even more useful as the Trump presidency evolves.–Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School Library, Pawling, NY

This review was published in the School Library Journal February 2017 issue.

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