• There Is Nothing For You Here

  • Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century
  • By: Fiona Hill
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,308 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“Of every book written by anybody associated with the Trump administration, in any way, [this] is absolutely the one to read.” —Rachel Maddow  

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | A celebrated foreign policy expert and key impeachment witness reveals how declining opportunity has set America on the grim path of modern Russia—and draws on her personal journey out of poverty, as well as her unique perspectives as an historian and policy maker, to show how we can return hope to our forgotten places.

"This book has a miraculous quality.... As a memoir this is hard to put down; if you are seeking a better American future you should pick it up.”—Timothy Snyder, New York Times best-selling author of On Tyranny

Fiona Hill grew up in a world of terminal decay. The last of the local mines had closed, businesses were shuttering, and despair was etched in the faces around her. Her father urged her to get out of their blighted corner of northern England: “There is nothing for you here, pet,” he said.  

 The coal-miner’s daughter managed to go further than he ever could have dreamed. She studied in Moscow and at Harvard, became an American citizen, and served three U.S. Presidents. But in the heartlands of both Russia and the United States, she saw troubling reflections of her hometown and similar populist impulses. By the time she offered her brave testimony in the first impeachment inquiry of President Trump, Hill knew that the desperation of forgotten people was driving American politics over the brink—and that we were running out of time to save ourselves from Russia’s fate. In this powerful, deeply personal account, she shares what she has learned, and shows why expanding opportunity is the only long-term hope for our democracy.

New York Times Bestseller | A Washington Post Bestseller | A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year | Financial Times Best Book of the Year

©2021 Fiona Hill (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Excellent book on populism, Putin, Trump and us

Ms. Hill's experiences are an engaging read, and her insights into the malaise threatening the stability of developed nations around the world are sharp and illuminating. I learned a lot about the forces that brought Brexit to bear and the rise of Putin. Her reading of the book is also superb. This is one of the best non-fiction books I've read in a long time. I highly recommend it! I couldn't stop listening!

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Brilliant Dr. Hill!

I'd give this book ten stars if I could...I was blown away by Dr. Hill's thesis and the lifetime of formal and real world education into political economy in the UK, US, and Russia upon which it is based. I think every American should read this book.... as all of us can see threads of our own individual lives reflected in Hill's analysis. We had better listen and follow through with the policy recommendations, foreign and domestic, that Dr. Hill has provided.

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Timely, intelligent worth the time

I enjoyed this book very much. It tells the story of how societies effect the individual. She is a brilliant person. I wish I could spend one morning a week having coffee with her just so I could hear her thoughts. This book gives hope at a time when it is needed. Thank Fiona for taking the time to write this book.

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Insightful and genuine

Dr. Hill shares her unique but common upbringing that shaped her work experiences in and out of government. She offers suggestions to make a difference in the direction of society from the ground up, no matter where each of us fits in the socio-economic fabric of our communities. Important and heartfelt story.

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Audio Book Is Worth It!

When an author does an audiobook is can be better--or worse--than the text itself. This is certainly the former. Emphasis, as well as dead pan humor, really come to the fore with this recording. The author's accent, insight, and love of home come to life in a way few audio books (especially those on politics) can.

Life stories like this really come to life when spoken by "the voice", almost as if directly to the reader. Emphasis in stories, emotion, and wit; can't ask for more.

The accent that limited opportunity in their early life is no impediment in this reading. As even President Trump said, "nice accent."

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An absolute MUST!

Expertly researched and written! This book is a true joy on every level. This first hand account, read by the author, is insightful and enlightening. Added to my favorites so I can listen again and again.

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A wonderful and insightful book

Fiona Hill elucidates the concept of "infrastructure of opportunity" with her own life story, brilliantly weaving together post-1980's history in the UK, Russia, and the US, into an effective explanatory framework for the rise of authoritarianism. She also includes many policy prescriptions by describing what worked in the past, along with her ideas for what might work in the future. It is a bit long-winded in parts, and I found myself upping the narration speed for some passages, but the insights are well worth it, particularly in the early chapters.

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  • 10-15-21

An author-read autobiographical audiobook

Fiona Hill is a woman of impact. I was so impressed with her during her Congressional testimony and now I am even more impressed. While she covers many topics besides herself, it all relates to her personal observations and experiences. she is a shining example of why women should run the world instead of the petty, arrogant and ignorant men who have destroyed democracy. 'Nuff said.

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An in depth look at a remarkable woman

From the first five minutes, she captured my interest. Ever since her strong and honest demeanor while testifying at the impeachment trial, I wanted to know more about her and her rise under George Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

She understands the disappointment of the middle class American and their anger at the ethical ambiguity of the 21st century. Much of what is happening in America, with political unrest, has plagued other countries and she clearly defines the comparisons. Her analysis of the behavior of powerful people gives great insight.

She shows young people, struggling to make a success in their careers and in life, to make good choices. Those of us who have experienced quality of life in the past decades, find this century to be far more chaotic, dishonest and financially difficult.

I highly encourage people who want to understand the serious need to address middle class prosperity, to read her book and experience her great wisdom. Thank you, Ms. Hill.

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The Improbable Fiona Hill is Warm, Funny, and Tough

The "improbable Fiona Hill" was a surprise. I downloaded the Audible book because I had been so impressed with her intelligent and clear-eyed testimony during the first impeachment trial. I did not expect, but thoroughly appreciated, Ms. Hill's self-deprecating sense of humor and relatability. Her focus on her studies, her work, and nonpartisan public service is admirable. However, the stories about her wardrobe failures, mean girls, sexual harassment, juggling work and child care, and deep appreciation for the persons and programs that helped her navigate her education and career were deeply personable and relatable. She encourages us to provide tailored programs and resources to persons left behind in this economy. She paints a clear picture of the danger that we face if we do not address the social divisions in this country. She is uniquely able to draw parallels between the social upheavals in Russia, Britain, and the United States. This book was so much better, deeper and more thoughtful than what I had expected. Well done!

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  • Tara Ward
  • 11-13-21

Brilliant book, a wealth of insight

I really enjoyed this book, it’s so insightful in so many areas and there are solutions too. A great read!

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  • J H
  • 10-10-21

This bookMay save the world

This should be required listening (must be heard in Fiona’s wonderful voice) for every legislator in the US and UK. Maybe every person…..

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  • Wollocombe
  • 01-06-22

Interesting perspective

Very well done as always hard to address the UK and US markets simultaneously. Terminology may be different but structural issues the same. The depressing lack of political will to fix things is well highlighted. Slightly lost you towards the end but very enjoyable and chimed with my own life experiences.

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  • Mr. Mark Hanson
  • 11-27-21

astute and important

A well thought through analysis of wht populism gets people into power but then fails them. At points I was wishing she'd come back to the UK and go into politics herself.

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  • David
  • 06-09-22

Fiona Hill for Prime Minister… please!

A balanced, compellingly told, perhaps overly modest recount of a sensational life spent in Thatcher’s Britain, post-Soviet Russia and a White House in turmoil.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-22

Fabulous nook

What a great listen. Fiona Hill is an excellent narrator of her own story and it was so informative, thoughtful, scary and ultimately uplifting with her insights and possible solutions to offer opportunities to all. Her inside view of a populist politician in the White House was fascinating. It makes her analysis of how these individuals claim power for their own ends while pretending to fight for the rights of the underprivileged even more prescient - particularly bearing in mind the war in Ukraine and the frightening possibility that Trump could be re-elected in 2024.

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  • LMas
  • 05-18-22

Utterly boring and too long

I bought this book after listening to Fiona’s TV interview about her story. She does have a unique story, it’s just the way she goes on and on and on willowing in self obsession that put me off. Good for her getting to the top of the ladder, through determination and grit and hard work. But she lost me after too much moaning about people being judgemental. And also most of the stuff about Russia, Putin, Trump is boring too, no real insight there, nothing that we don’t already know from the media. Disappointing

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  • MR D I FLEMING
  • 05-15-22

I couldn't listen any more.

There is so much griping and self-pity in this book you just get exasperated and bored by it. First audiobook I've had to turn off.

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  • Steve
  • 05-10-22

Excellent

Very well written and thought provoking listen. It really makes you worry about the future given the current trend for populist, soundbite Government.

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  • Mum, London SW19
  • 05-03-22

Good, but long

I thoroughly enjoyed this book (when I was not sure that I would) - BUT - just as with Midnight in Washington by Adam Schiff, I felt this book was too long. Ms Hill could have got her story and points across in a far more succinct delivery.

As someone of British residency (Ms Hills country of birth), I would say that my main problem with this book at times was Ms Hills Labourite (as in Labour Party) views. The professional success Ms Hill has achieved to date is impressive and admirable. Whilst espousing views about helping others achieve greater success, I do not think Ms Hill realises how much her own hard work and studiousness have contributed to her success.

In this modern world, especially the UK, too many excuses are served up as to why people cannot achieve with the blame being later at the doors of others. Success is ultimately down to the individual and their own dedication to their cause. I have certainly not been as successful as I would have liked, but I know that all the reasons/answers for this begin and end with me. Developed worlds would do better if people were helped to take responsibility for themselves. Naturally there are always exceptions to the rule, but we are most successful when we hell ourselves (- exactly as has happed with Ms Fiona Hill!)

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  • Mike C
  • 07-20-22

Credible account of the modern era of politics

if you come here looking for a blow by blow account of a Trump administration insider you may be disappointed. Fiona does however offer a particular angle on Trip and Russia that goes against the common story of him being a stooge for Putin. Fiona has had an incredible life so far and she tells to her tale with sobriety and humility which makes it very credible. It's clear she is deeply troubled by how things are going in the world and offers strongly evidenced ideas about a better future. This is a fine book.