EVEN BEFORE HILLARY CLINTON'S NEW BOOK, IT TAKES A VILlage, hit the stores, Washington heard the rumor: the book was ghosted. The charge so exasperated the White House that several journalists, including TIME correspondent James Carney, were invited to Mrs. Clinton's private study to check the manuscript, including legal pads covered with her handwriting. Says Carney: "There is no doubt Mrs. Clinton wrote great parts of the book."

But as the White House acknowledged last week, there had been a collaborator. Barbara Feinman, a veteran book doctor, was hired by publisher Simon & Schuster to help organize the book and draft...

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