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1. Mi Vida
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2. My Life: The Early Years
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3. My Life: The Presidential Years
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4. In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological
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5. Clintonomics: How Bill Clinton
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6. The Secret Life of Bill Clinton:
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7. The Clinton Foreign Policy Reader:
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8. Postmodern Presidency: Bill Clinton's
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9. Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's
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10. First In His Class : A Biography
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11. Bill Clinton: An American Journey:
 
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12. Bill Clinton (Presidents and Their
13. The Survivor: Bill Clinton in
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14. The Pact: Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich,
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15. Bill Clinton (History Maker Bios)
 
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16. Running in Place: How Bill Clinton
 
17. Bill Clinton: Politician (Overcoming
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18. Bill Clinton (Getting to Know
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19. Billy Clinton's Letters from Camp
 
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20. Willy Nilly: Bill Clinton Speaks

1. Mi Vida
by Bill Clinton
Hardcover: 1200 Pages (2004-08)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Mi vida, del presidente Clinton, es un impresionante y sorprendentemente honesto retrato de un l’der global que decidi— cuando era joven que dedicar’a sus dotes intelectuales y pol’ticas, y su extraordinaria capacidad para el trabajo duro, al servicio de los ciudadanos.
Nos muestra el avance de un americano notable que, gracias a sus enormes energ’as y su esfuerzo, logr— realizar el improbable viaje desde Hope, Arkansas, hasta la Casa Blanca — un trayecto alimentado por su apasionado inter?s en el proceso pol’tico que se manifest— en cada etapa de su vida: en la universidad, trabajando como becario para el senador William Fulbright; en Oxford, cuando form— parte del movimiento de protesta contra la guerra de Vietma; en la facultad de Derecho de Yale, haciendo campa–a a nivel de base para los candidatos dem—cratas; y de nuevo en Arkansas, cuando se present— candidato al Congreso, a fiscal general y al cargo de gobernador.
A lo largo de esta obra, somos testigos de c—mo su carrera pol’tica se forj— a partir de su decidida voluntad de mejorar la vida de sus conciudadanos, un compromiso firme con el avance de los derechos civiles, y una excepcional capacidad de comprender los detalles pr‡cticos de la vida pol’tica.
Tambi?n llegamos a comprender las presiones emocionales a las que se vio sometido en su juventud, desde su nacimiento tras la temprana muerte de su padre, hasta la d’ficil situaci—n que vivi—, atrapado en una relaci—n disfuncional entre su en?rgica madre que tanto se preocup— de ?l, y un padrastro maltratador al que jam‡s dej— de querer, y cuyo nombre adopt—. Asistimos a la atracci—n que sinti— por la brillante e irresistible Hillary Rodham, con la cual decidi— casarse, y a la apasionada devoci—n, desde su infancia, a su hija Chelsea, as’ como a toda la experiencia de la paternidad. Y tambi?n, c—mo lenta y dolorosamente, empieza a comprender que su temprana negaci—n del dolor en ocasiones le arrastr— a pautas de conducta da–inas.
El libro del presidente Clinton es tambi?n la narraci—n m‡s completa, matizada y con m‡s detalles concretos de una presidencia que se ha escrito jam‡s, abarcando no s—lo los momentos m‡s destacados de las crisis sino tambi?n la manera en que la presidencia funciona realmente: el bombardeo cotidiano de problemas, personalidades, conflictos, reveses y ?xitos.
Es un testamento acerca del impacto positivo que su labor y sus ideales tuvieron en Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo.
Es el emocionante relato de un presidente sometido a un asalto implacable y concertado, orquestado por sus enemigos de la extrema derecha, as’ como la historia de c—mo sobrevivi— y termin— por prevalecer sobre todo ello.
Estamos ante un tesoro de momentos capturados en toda su vivacidad, entre ellos:
• El ni–o de diez a–os contemplando las convenciones pol’ticas nacionales en el nuevo (y primer) aparato de televisi—n familiar.
• El joven candidato en busca de votos por las colinas de Arkansas, y el prof?tico habitante de un pueblo, que le dijo, ÇCualquiera que est? haciendo campa–a en un tugurio en Joiner a medianoche de un s‡bado se merece llevarse la urnaÉ Ganar‡s aqu’. Pero ser‡ el œnico maldito sitio en el que ganes de todo el condadoÈ. (Ten’a raz—n en ambas cosas).
• La monta–a rusa que fue la campa–a de 1992.
• Las conversaciones extraordinariamente francas con Newt Gingrich y Bob Dole.
• La delicada manipulaci—n necesaria para convencer a Rabin y Arafat de que se dieran la mano frente a las c‡maras, a la vez que deb’a evitarse que Arafat besara a Rabin.
• El coste, tanto pœblico como privado, del esc‡ndalo que amenaz— a la presidencia.

Nos hallamos frente a la vida de una destacada figura nacional e internacional, que nos es revelada con todos sus talentos y contradicciones, contada abiertamente, con su voz personal y reconocible. Un libro excepcional de un americano excepcional. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELENTE
Como habitante de Mexico fronterizo, vivo en Mexicali, conocemos bastante bien a los Estadounidenses, sabemos que cuando les va bien a ellos, nos va bien a nosotros, cuando Clinton fue presidente creo que fue de las mejores epocas, pero leer su historia ha sido fascinante, todo un ejemplo para los que quieren llegar a ser algo, en cualquier ambito, el detalle en como fue su ninez y su entrada en actividades politicas desde temprana edad es ameno, despues su juventud y su ascenso es ejemplar. Pero la historia no ha terminado, Clinton sigue con su impetu humano y espero que alguien algun dia siga con sus ideales. Excelente libro.

5-0 out of 5 stars Todo un caballero
(I'll write this in English and Spanish because speakers of both languages read these reviews.) Aunque no soy demócrata, tengo un gran cariño para Bill, pues le conocí en la universidad de Georgetown en 1964 cuando era casi un chiquillo, y de veras se ve por su manera de escribir que todavía tiene la misma personalidad. I met Bill in '64 at Georgetown, and his writing style shows he's still the same open and essentially unassuming guy he was then (no, I'm not a democrat). Aunque su estilo va saltando de manera parentética, logra bastante claridad en lo que presenta. His style jumps around somewhat, but his conversational tone still gets his points across clearly. Aquí se presentan los pormenores y las estrategias políticas de su vida. He lays out the problems he encountered and the strategies he used to size up and win elections. Bastantes asuntos muy personales están presentados sin recriminaciones ni disimulaciones. Lots of very personal matters are here presented without excuses or blaming of others. Les recomiendo este libro a los lectores que quieran comprender el corazón de este líder tan talentoso. Readers who want to understand Clinton's spirit should read this autobiography..

5-0 out of 5 stars Translation style gaps
Good book, very interesting, and rich in valuable topics that can be used as an indirect experience for life, and learning purposes.From my personal point of view, due to the translation style the book is better in English than in Spanish. In the Spanish version, it's very curious how the translator uses some words like"Madre" instead of "mi mamá ó mamá". Examples: Page 79: "El viaje fue más duro para Madre que para mí". Page 59: "...el 14 de abril de 1962, Madre presentó la demanda de divorcio." Page 36: "A pesar de las reservas de Madre,"Take a look at Page 75: "Con esta última realicé un viaje de fin de instituto a Pensacola,".

Furthermore the book let us know that the life of a president is just like any body else.

Rodolfo Aguirre
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2. My Life: The Early Years
by Bill Clinton
Mass Market Paperback: 656 Pages (2005-05-31)
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Asin: 1400096715
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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President Bill Clinton’s My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public.

It shows us the progress of a remarkable American, who, through his own enormous energies and efforts, made the unlikely journey from Hope, Arkansas, to the White House—a journey fueled by an impassioned interest in the political process which manifested itself at every stage of his life: in college, working as an intern for Senator William Fulbright; at Oxford, becoming part of the Vietnam War protest movement; at Yale Law School, campaigning on the grassroots level for Democratic candidates; back in Arkansas, running for Congress, attorney general, and governor.

We see his career shaped by his resolute determination to improve the life of his fellow citizens, an unfaltering commitment to civil rights, and an exceptional understanding of the practicalities of political life.

We come to understand the emotional pressures of his youth—born after his father’s death; caught in the dysfunctional relationship between his feisty, nurturing mother and his abusive stepfather, whom he never ceased to love and whose name he took; drawn to the brilliant, compelling Hillary Rodham, whom he was determined to marry; passionately devoted, from her infancy, to their daughter, Chelsea, and to the entire experience of fatherhood; slowly and painfully beginning to comprehend how his early denial of pain led him at times into damaging patterns of behavior.

President Clinton’s book is also the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written—encompassing not only the high points and crises but the way the presidency actually works: the day-to-day bombardment of problems, personalities, conflicts, setbacks, achievements.

It is a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

It is the gripping account of a president under concerted and unrelenting assault orchestrated by his enemies on the Far Right, and how he survived and prevailed.

It is a treasury of moments caught alive, among them:

• The ten-year-old boy watching the national political conventions on his family’s new (and first) television set.

• The young candidate looking for votes in the Arkansas hills and the local seer who tells him, “Anybody who would campaign at a beer joint in Joiner at midnight on Saturday night deserves to carry one box. . . . You’ll win here. But it’ll be the only damn place you win in this county.” (He was right on both counts.)

• The roller-coaster ride of the 1992 campaign.

• The extraordinarily frank exchanges with Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole.

• The delicate manipulation needed to convince Rabin and Arafat to shake hands for the camera while keeping Arafat from kissing Rabin.

• The cost, both public and private, of the scandal that threatened the presidency.

Here is the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions, told openly, directly, in his own completely recognizable voice. A unique book by a unique American.


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Customer Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Even though I had the chance to live through the years that Bill Clinton was president, I cannot believe how much of the Clinton years I had forgotten. Bill has a great sense of humor and is a great storyteller with compassion, grace and style. He is one of my favorite presidents of all time.A great read. It made me want to know more about his early years growing up in Arkansas.

4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting look at a complicated man
As someone who has written a lot on Bill Clinton I eagerly awaited the release of his biography.It met most of my expectations although at times he put in far more than I needed to or cared to know.Nigel Hamilton does an excellent job in his early years biography and it matches most of what Clinton talks about here. The need for Bill Clinton to please everyone around him really comes out in his own biography and while I feel he skirts around his disagreement with Carter and does not express the anger that most sources say he felt it is a very honest attempt.I would have liked more details about his college years and meeting Hillary which he jumps past fairly quickly and gets into their political relationship. It is very well written which is to be expected from someone as educated as Bill Clinton.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than expected but less than the hype
As I said to my fellow authors earlier, Bill's one of us. He's a writer. This isn't about agreeing with his politics, by the way. It's about, as the book title implies, his life. Which, as luck would have it, does feature a whole lot of politics. I can picture professors building courses around this book, and I think that'is probably a good thing. In China we use FORREST GUMP, which is quite good, but in the US let's go for the gold. MY LIFE goes way below the surface.

Bill Clinton has an amazing memory, in addition to detailed notes and journals and such, and he takes us on a very candid journey. It's almost like being an imbedded journalist. We start with a country boy and many southern tales, then move through some "small town hick in the big city" tales that include Oxford and the soul-searching of the Vietnam War years, then finally through his lengthy political career, one year at a time. Campaigns for others, then for himself. A lot of politics when he's in office.

Politics doesn't simply bore me. I find them downright painful. But I must admit that I've wondered where presidents come from. When I was a little boy, I wanted to be a writer, a teacher or perhaps a cop. Or an NFL quarterback, but I realized early on that might be a tad unrealistic. But president? It never occurred to me. Why did it occur to the poor bumbling fat kid from Arkansas? Read his book and you'll know the answer.

I admire anyone who can pull together a wide variety of seemingly contradictory influences into a consistent whole. You've seen me try to do it in this newsletter, and you can see Bill Clinton do it in this book. Those who equate "thinking" with "waffling" just don't get it. Quite probably they quit subscribing to THIS rag ages ago, if they ever found it at all. So I don't write for them. I write for you.

I'm reaching the age where it's getting very hard to find a non-fiction writer older than me writing about events that I find interesting. Bill qualifies. It's very good to watch history unfold through his eyes. The events I lived through and remember, the ones that preceded those, the ones I just plain missed because I was too busy with other things. One of life's little ironies is that I missed some of Bill's efforts to unburden the lower class because I was too busy shouldering that burden.

This is a 957-page monster, folks. It's a big-un, and it's largely narrative. I've been at it for maybe two weeks. There's no law saying you can't take longer. Stop to read something else, come back to it later, whatever. I'm glad I'm reading it. I think you will be too. (It helps to be American.) Heck, I think you already have read it and I'm just preaching to the choir over here. But hey, Mikey likes it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than I was led to believe.
I like a story that takes its time and give me the details to make my own conclusions and that is just what Bill Clinton has done with his book.I didn't vote for him either time he ran for national office and I still enjoyed this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Life-Sized
Okay, so the man didn't exactly need redeeming in my eyes.I thought him a kind of hero before I picked up this book and think of him that way still, though now I have better reasons for it than his public humility, esteem on the world stage, and deft financing of public schools across the country.In his biography, Clinton plies his stock-in-trade, or better, his skill in spades, charm, to his life, both private and political, early and late.When was the last time a public figure acted with such transparency regarding his motives, failures, and frustrations?If he is guilty here of recasting his life favorably, as most biographers eventually are, it is not the usual kind of favoritism that has a large figure becoming mythic, larger-than-life.It is rather that he is uber-authentic, having been born of an alcoholic dad, and living aside an estranged and drug-addicted brother; these snapshots tend to emphasize his claim to the title "the nation's first black president," a street kid who made good through excessive pulling of bootstraps.Larger-than-life is precisely what Clinton is not in this story, but endearingly and precisely life-sized. ... Read more


3. My Life: The Presidential Years Vol. II (Vintage)
by Bill Clinton
Mass Market Paperback: 704 Pages (2005-06-28)
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Asin: 1400096731
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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President Bill Clinton’s My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public.

It shows us the progress of a remarkable American, who, through his own enormous energies and efforts, made the unlikely journey from Hope, Arkansas, to the White House—a journey fueled by an impassioned interest in the political process which manifested itself at every stage of his life: in college, working as an intern for Senator William Fulbright; at Oxford, becoming part of the Vietnam War protest movement; at Yale Law School, campaigning on the grassroots level for Democratic candidates; back in Arkansas, running for Congress, attorney general, and governor.

We see his career shaped by his resolute determination to improve the life of his fellow citizens, an unfaltering commitment to civil rights, and an exceptional understanding of the practicalities of political life.

We come to understand the emotional pressures of his youth—born after his father’s death; caught in the dysfunctional relationship between his feisty, nurturing mother and his abusive stepfather, whom he never ceased to love and whose name he took; drawn to the brilliant, compelling Hillary Rodham, whom he was determined to marry; passionately devoted, from her infancy, to their daughter, Chelsea, and to the entire experience of fatherhood; slowly and painfully beginning to comprehend how his early denial of pain led him at times into damaging patterns of behavior.

President Clinton’s book is also the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written—encompassing not only the high points and crises but the way the presidency actually works: the day-to-day bombardment of problems, personalities, conflicts, setbacks, achievements.

It is a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

It is the gripping account of a president under concerted and unrelenting assault orchestrated by his enemies on the Far Right, and how he survived and prevailed.

It is a treasury of moments caught alive, among them:

• The ten-year-old boy watching the national political conventions on his family’s new (and first) television set.

• The young candidate looking for votes in the Arkansas hills and the local seer who tells him, “Anybody who would campaign at a beer joint in Joiner at midnight on Saturday night deserves to carry one box. . . . You’ll win here. But it’ll be the only damn place you win in this county.” (He was right on both counts.)

• The roller-coaster ride of the 1992 campaign.

• The extraordinarily frank exchanges with Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole.

• The delicate manipulation needed to convince Rabin and Arafat to shake hands for the camera while keeping Arafat from kissing Rabin.

• The cost, both public and private, of the scandal that threatened the presidency.

Here is the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions, told openly, directly, in his own completely recognizable voice. A unique book by a unique American.


From the Hardcover edition. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book and Easy to read...
I have been reading this book since the first days of January and this is abook encourages you to read it more and more.. Every time you read a page.. you want to read the next one..

For me, as a not an english native speaker, it is pretty easy to read.. the vocabulary is not difficult.. the structure of the speech is clear and easy to follow.

I love this book .. but I dont grade it with 5 stars because the part about Lewinsky affair is not very realistic.. according to what really happened in the real life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend This Book
As a long time follower of Bill Clinton, I have enjoyed his books.Clinton's time as President was overshadowed by his sexual encounters, which is disappointing.In my opinion, Clinton was an excellent President.Clinton gives insight in to his adminstration and the condition of the political world during his time in office.It's an unknown fact that we have only had two Presidents who did not have mistresses or affairs at some point in their lives.As Nixon had to face the music for Watergate, Clinton faced the music for his sexual indiscretions. Both became poster children for actions that neither were the first to participate in, nor the last, leaving their legacy's forever tarnished.Politics is a dirty business and for those who manage to endure the mud slinging and back stabbing, I take my hat off to them. Bill Clinton is a survivor who has managed to shake off past negativity, to reemerge as a strong and trust worthy leader.I highly recommend this book for any Clinton follower looking for insight in to the Clinton administration, as it is a very detailed, honest accounting of his life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compare the reception among reviewers.
Most interesting of all is reader reception.For some reason, hundreds of readers commented upon the first volume of My Life.Yet, on the second volume, I am the fourth to make any remarks.So, why do people pay such great attention to the "developmental" volume and so little attention to the "consequences" volume?That is the question of prime importance, in grasping how Americans, in particular, have been overly receptive to issues of character and less attentive to more critical issues of policy formation, in the crucible of current circumstantial events.People would rather cling to some indefensible opinion of the man than explore the interleaved nuances of public necessity and private interest that we call politics.[Perhaps, volume III will draw our attention better to the stories we ought to read, of American public values processes!]

4-0 out of 5 stars Review by Nan Kilar and Bob Miller
A homecoming of sorts, as much for Clinton as his readers---it's a weaving together of philosophy, religion, sex, and a deep love of country. Book was not what I expected, but in a word it was, compelling. Mr. Clinton explains the stress in those years in a manner that leaves the Clinton gang, I'm sure, wanting less compassion for those who tried their best to destroy him and his family. That's the difference between a politician, any politician, and a human being.

I too felt stress in those years. It was impossible to find employees--everyone who wanted a job had one. Even more stressful was what to do with the huge surplus of money in our national treasury. Then there was that fulltime worry about Bill's sex life. That wouldn't have been an issue for me had I had a sex life. Then there was all that training and money we were spending on our armed forces who were not out there earning their keep invading oil rich countries so the likes of Exxon-Mobil and Halliburton could exploit their natural resources.

Life has been worry free for me during the Bush years. It's the minorities and middle income whites who are doing the worrying now--about things like where to bury their war dead, employment and paying the bills. I confess, I'm not sure how these people are going to handle the national debt with me getting a tax cut and them without a job. But Mr. Bush said not to worry. What a relief! I'm Bob Miller, a registered Republican.

4-0 out of 5 stars I would have liked to see him actually comment on the issues instead of list them
As someone who has written a lot about Bill Clinton over the years I was disappointed by his book.This was a chance for him to set the record straight on both the good and bad in his administration and he did neither. He talks about a lot of the issues but not how he approached them. He talks about what his administration looked at but not what he did and did not solve. He allows Yassir Arafat to get off completely free for his rejection of the Clinton plan the book is very well written and is still worth reading if nothing else to understand Clinton's perspective on what happened but overall it could have been far more enlightening. ... Read more


4. In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography
by John Gartner
Hardcover: 480 Pages (2008-09-30)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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What makes Bill Clinton tick?

William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States is undoubtedly the greatest American enigma of our age -- a dark horse that captured the White House, fell from grace and was resurrected as an elder statesman whose popularity rises and falls based on the day’s sound bytes.  John Gartner's In Search of Bill Clinton unravels the mystery at the heart of Clinton’s complex nature and why so many people fall under his spell.  He tells the story we all thought we knew, from the fresh viewpoint of a psychologist, as he questions the well-crafted Clinton life story.  Gartner, a therapist with an expertise in treating individuals with hypomanic temperaments, saw in Clinton the energy, creativity and charisma that leads a hypomanic individual to success as well as the problems with impulse control and judgment, which frequently result in disastrous decision-making.  He knew, though, that if he wanted to find the real Bill Clinton he couldn’t rely on armchair psychology to provide the answer.  He knew he had to travel to Arkansas and around the world to talk with those who knew Clinton and his family intimately. With his boots on the ground, Gartner uncovers long-held secrets about Clinton's mother, the ambitious and seductive Virginia Kelley, her wild life in Hot Springs and the ghostly specter of his biological father, Bill Blythe, to uncover the truth surrounding Clinton’s rumor-filled birth.  He considers the abusive influence of Clinton's alcoholic stepfather, Roger Clinton, to understand the repeated public abuse he invited both by challenging a hostile Republican Congress and engaging in the clandestine affair with Monica Lewinsky that led to his downfall.  Of course, there is no marriage more dissected than that of the Clintons, both in the White House and on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign trail.  Instead of going down familiar paths, Gartner looks at that relationship with a new focus and clearly sees, in Hillary’s molding of Clinton into a more disciplined politician, the figure of Bill Clinton’s stern grandmother, Edith Cassidy, the woman who set limits on him at an early age.   Gartner brings Clinton’s story up to date as he travels to Ireland, the scene of one of Clinton’s greatest diplomatic triumphs, and to Africa, where his work with AIDS victims is unmatched, to understand Clinton’s current humanitarian persona and to find out why he is beloved in so much of the world while still scorned by many at home.   John Gartner’s exhaustive trip around the globe provides the richest portrait of Clinton yet, a man who is one of our national obsessions.  In Search of Bill Clinton is a surprising and compelling book about a man we all thought we knew.

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Customer Reviews (18)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not much of anything, really. Interesting bits and pieces wrapped in psych theory
Gartner tries to prove that Clinton is a hypomanic. Interesting, but as another reviewer said, this is nothing more than a "distance diagnosis". Yes, Gartner has interviewed primary sources, which is good, but he doesn't dig deep into the phenomenon that is Bill Clinton.

What makes Clinton tick? For starters, his young years were filled with "winners" - a strict grandmother, a promiscuous mother, an absent biological father, and an abusive stepfather. Bill dealt with A LOT, and the messages he received from these authority figures shaped his often poor decisions in adulthood. He's replaced his rigid grandmother with Hillary Clinton; a promiscuous brunette with heavy make-up is no longer his mother, but he has Monica Lewinsky. And although Bill's real father died before Bill's birth, Bill inherited his father's wreckless ways. Read the first part to learn more about this dysfunctional clan- you won't be disappointed!

In addition to young Bill's family, you can also learn about his formative years, and how these years foreshadow his success as a polical figure. (You might not think he's a success, but according to wordly standards, he is.) Young Bill's religious practices, high school and college years, and governship are all covered, and all well-written.

However, there is only so much "Bill is hypomanic and here's why" you can take. The book becomes rather dull. The chapter "It's the Economy, Genius" ruined my interest in the rest of the book. When talking about his presidency, some interesting topics come up, but soon fizzle out. (I'd rather have a chapter devoted to the hypomania and the Balkan War, rather than a mere mention of the issue.) Gartner promises to show how the hypomania assisted the Irish peace process, but it did not go into as much depth as would have been appropriate.

I'm thinking I'll skip the other chapters, save for the one studying Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky's affair. But who knows? Even that section might be dull. I'm not expecting much at this point.

My policy is to review books that I've completed. But this time, I feel it necessary to warn readers that this book is a waste of money, and it's far better to get it out of the library. Even then, just read the chapters that interest you. And look for a more comprehensive biography, because this scratches the surface, at best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good analysis of Bill Clinton
For the last few years I have had an interest in reading about Bill Clinton. I got this book for a Christmas present and been reading it on and off for the last few months. This is a very good biography of Clinton, though a bit bias, but the author would reason it is Bill's "Hypomanic Edge" that makes him so likable and charming. I did not mind the bias, I thought it showed true feeling of how Clinton affected the author.

One of my favorite chapters was when he discussed Clinton in Ireland and the Peace Accords that took place because of Clinton. I thought that really showed who Clinton really was. The second favorite chapter was the last chapter when the author went to Africa with Clinton in 2007. Both chapters show Clinton in his true light.

When the politics are removed, Clinton becomes a very likable and charming person, who is very compassionate toward people of all standings. He comes across or is portrayed (I am not sure which, but I lean toward the former) as a humble person who wants to do only what is right.

In our time, he is a modern day Jesus Christ, people flock to him just to see him, touch him, many have told the author they are alive because of Clinton. His ability to get things done, that government only get in the way of is astounding. What would take years for other organization, take literally days for the Clinton Foundation to do.

The model of the CF is the model that all need to form after, instead of going in and running it themselves (whatever the CF needs to do) they open it up and fund it and then turn it over to the local government. All the while praising and showing that the operation was the idea of the local government. In contrast to an incident with a French Politician who insulted the populous because the French men (who if I understood spoke English) rather spoke in French and had a native interpret into English what he was saying, publicly humiliated him and had a Frenchmen interpret instead, showing the arrogance of France and showing how incompetent the local native was. In contrast Clinton praised the government for its job in helping the local population in the AIDs fight.

The other contrast between Clinton was when Laura Bush arrived, according to the author, she was heavily guarded by FBI and Secret Service and rode around in a armored limo, which offended the local population. Characterizing that the country was a dangerous place. While Clinton would walk around the country in open air, not afraid to communicate or touch the locals.

This is really where Bill Clinton compares to Jesus Christ in the bible, who was not afraid to touch people and had compassion on them and healed them. You can not tell the difference between the two men in this instance when Clinton is in Africa helping them to heal them.

3-0 out of 5 stars Clever and Compassionate
Lots of bits and pieces about Clinton's history that tell us more than was known before about life with his grandmother and mother, one sweet, the other sour.I feel personal vindication, as I have always thought -- as the author apparently does -- that Clinton's mother's death was what pushed him over the edge and into the ill fated affair.I do not, however, care for the fact that the author has chosen to perform distance diagnosis, and (wonder of wonders) it appears that Clinton has that very syndrome which is the focus of the author's career.By comparison, the "bad guys" are pathologized.I would expect better from someone affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University.Still, a good and fast read and one which evokes compassion for Clinton even in those who might not have been counted among his admirers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very interesting analysis, good writing.
I deeply enjoyed this audiobook.I look forward to getting into the car and getting to the next chapter. I rewind it two, three times because i get distracted while driving, and the point the author is making is good, so i need to get the background.I've recommended it to one of my literate friends, and i'll recommend it to others.Tons of work went into this, and i'm grateful to be able to absorb so much effort with so little effort.
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This book makes me think. And one of the things I'm thinking about is the literary genre that this book utilizes.The genre is psychoanalytic profiles (these are the author's words).The author has stated he is wary of falling into the trap of reducing Clinton to a quick boil-down, to an oversimplified outcome of one or two events from childhood. And the author succeeds in this goal. He paints a vivid portrait, an engaging profile, and he gives insights into Clinton's background that frame his portrait well.

Here's what strikes me though.Is a post-event explanation of the causes of why someone behaved the way they did real science? This book explores Clinton in excruciating detail.But do multiple single-example "proofs" about one personmake the endeavor credible?The author wants the reader to assume that he can find the key to Clinton's behavior from important childhood events.But the author only uses one person to support the assumption that childhood events can predict adult behaviors.
If this were a ground-breaking book, the method of describing how childhood events predict adult behaviors would be done for multiple historical people.The author would apply the same reasoning to 3,4,5 presidents.He would show how to choose the childhood events that accurately predict adult behaviors, and how to reject the childhood events that cannot accurately predict adult behaviors.But he doesn't do this. He only gives examples that support his conclusion, and he doesn't show why the other childhood events shouldn't be used.If a childhood is made up of millions of events, then the author uses less than 1/1000th of the data to support his conclusion.
The author's method of psychoanalytic science hasn't been proven as viable. So, his book, which uses an unproven method of analysis for only one instance, is suspect.

My conclusion: I liked the detail, i liked the research, i liked the writing. I understood what the author was saying, and I took time to relisten to key parts because it was interesting. I gave the book 5 of 5 stars. It's worth your time.
However, I don't buy into the author's approach of psychoanalysis to understand Bill Clinton.He derives conclusions from single examples that are spurious at best.
Aristotle fell into the same trap. Aristotle assumed that vermin were created in dung.Aristotle's logic was convincing, but that didn't make it true.
Fascinating gossip, dressed up as science. Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Necessary to Understanding Bill Clinton
I have read several books on Clinton including his autobiography and this was the most enlightening. The author's research into Bill's past and analysis of his habits are very entertaining. The book contains information that can not be found elsewhere. Any person interested in learning more about Bill Clinton should read this book.

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5. Clintonomics: How Bill Clinton Reengineered the Reagan Revolution
by Jack Godwin Ph.D.
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2009-03-25)
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For years, a pervasive belief has reigned in American politics—that two of our most recent presidents had drastically opposing views of our economy and our world. Historians and economists alike have explored, extolled and criticized Ronald Reagan’s presidency, particularly the theory of “Reaganomics,” which affirmed that big government was the cause, not the solution, to our problems. In public, President Bill Clinton positioned his approach as the antidote to Reaganomics. But in reality, his governing philosophy was the logical corollary to the Reagan Revolution.

Clintonomics explores how Clinton’s presidency marked the return of fiscal discipline and the end of big government. Political scientist Jack Godwin reveals how Clinton succeeded where Reagan failed and how Clinton’s ability to demystify, but not simplify, the world around us made him one of the most successful politicians of all time. He shows how Clinton succeeded by repairing the flaws in Reaganomics and then presenting a governing philosophy appropriate for the 21st century and equal to the powerful forces of globalization. Controversial and insightful, this book will redefine how we see the legacies of these two leaders—and the forces that helped define their influence on the world.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Very good value!
Jack Godwin explains the complexity of the Bill Clinton's Presidency.Excluding "Monica-gate," He explains how important President Clinton was.

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read and Premise
This book is a great read. "Clintonomics" analysis on Clinton Economic Policy Philosophy is thorough and important to our current economic situation. Great Read. ... Read more


6. The Secret Life of Bill Clinton: The Unreported Stories
by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Hardcover: 320 Pages (1997-10-01)
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An illustrious investigative reporter adds shocking new and exclusive revelations to his swelling bag of Clinton scandals.Amazon.com Review
These days, it seems like everyone's a Friend of Bill--Clinton'sbuddies from Arkansas are turning up in powerful White House positionsfaster than you can say "Whitewater." But make no mistake,Britishjournalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is no F.O.B.: in the course of TheSecret Life of Bill Clinton's 350-plus pages, he manages to connectthe president to everything from 1997's Oklahoma City bombing toArkansas's drug underworld to the mysterious death of White House aideand longtime Clinton friend Vince Foster, and, of course, to PaulaJones. According to Evans-Pritchard--who has reported for theLondon-based Spectator, Sunday Telegraph (where he servedas Washington bureau chief), and Daily Telegraphnewspapers--Clinton's "original sin" was the Waco incident,the FBI'smuch-criticized assault on the Branch Davidian community in Texas thatled to the deaths of 76 people. From that point on, the author asserts,it was all downhill for the American people.

Evans-Pritchard's exposé of Arkansas's favorite son is indeedscathing: he documents the then-governor's drug use and consort withprostitutes (primarily in the company of ne'er-do-well brother Roger);innumerable lies to friends, staff members, and the people who empoweredhim; numerous infidelities; blackmail--the list goes on and on.Evans-Pritchard claims that, because he is not an American citizen, heis not "beholden to any political or financial interest in theUnitedStates," and he does not "hang on lips of officialsources," nor does he"fear the loss of access in Washington, or the blackball of [his]profession"; in other words, he ain't afraid to call 'em like hesees'em. And although many of his seemingly wild claims and accusations aresubstantiated by thorough notes and appendixes following the text(including copies of original FBI documents), you're never quiteconvinced of the author's theories. Whether or not you come to believe,as Evans-Pritchard does, that "Arkansas was a mini-Colombia withintheUnited States, infested by narco-corruption"; that--because ofWilliamJefferson Clinton--"you can sniff the pungent odors of decay in theAmerican body politic"; that the president's "actions andcharacter ... have engendered the most deadly terrorist movement in the industrializedworld," you will most certainly be entertained and enlightened bythedirt this British muckraker has uncovered. You may not be an F.O.B., butafter reading this book, you may not mind so much. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars ...with liberty and injustice for all
It's time to take off the rose colored glasses and finally come to the realization that America is not the same country she was even 30 years ago. Corruption is running rampant in gov't circles. The worst part is that not only is the executive, and legislative branch corrupt, but the final check and balance; the judicial branch, is there as well. This book covers the Ok.city bombing, the Vince Foster murder; the Jerry Parks murder, the Mena,Ak scandal, and a small segment on Paula Jones. The author uses excellent metaphors as he describes the people and situations he ventures into. I find it interesting that some people would only talk to him because of his British accent. They felt he wasn't part of the "establishment". You will come to admire this author because he talks to people that have had their lives threatened, and visits places that are very dangerous.

The most fascinating aspect to me was the Oliver North contra operation was being run through Arkansas, where Clinton was governor. The author states," It suggests that the political rhetoric of the two parties in Washington is mere window dressing, while the real decisions are made in secret collusion without democratic accountability." This book has excellent information on Iran/Contra and will prove how much of a sham it was!

The epilogue in the book is only 2 pages, but what the author writes is profound. The final check and balance to good government is the average citizen. If he or she lives morally, and demands honest gov't; it can be achieved. If we as citizens of this country have become corrupt ourselves, then indeed there is no hope.

5-0 out of 5 stars A chilling read
I always knew that old lady Hillary was evil evil evil and after reading this book, I now realize that Bill is even worse.The corruption, oh the corruption.Of course we all know our government is now corrupt anyway, but Bill Clinton is one sick puppy.He's broken every commandment there is, including the one on murder.I wasn't really shocked though.I have always detested these two for what they are.Can you just imagine what has NOT been written about these two?God will be their judge in the end I'm afraid and they will deserve exactly what they get.

4-0 out of 5 stars All the things every American Should Know -- but doesn't!
The author, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, a British newspaperman, came to the States without preconceived judgment of the Clintons, an attitude which changed as time passed. He observed the difference between public utterances and private behavior too often screened from view by a fawning press which persists even unto today.Barnum said you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time, but the Clintons et al made a pretty good stab at it --.No one should go to the polls to vote without having read Pritchard.

5-0 out of 5 stars How to become a Banana Republic without even trying (or one Scandal at a Time)
This is a chronicle of how the Clintons and their twelve years in the governor's mansion of Arkansas and two terms in the office of the Presidency have left our democratic institutions in shambles. From a perch at the pinnacle of the Dixie Mafia, Hot Springs Arkansas, they have taken the nation on a descent down into "anti-democratic" hell, from which the Republic may never recover. This book is a virtual catalogue of how they did it: an unimaginable tale of corruption and abuses of power that, in comparison, will make the Monica Lewinsky scandal seem like a Sunday school picnic.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard a reporter for London's Sunday Telegraph uses his considerable investigative skills and his diplomatic immunity from the Clinton terror tactics to weave a series of tales that will literally make the reader's hair stand on end. Everything here has the ring of truth. But even if it did not, and a tenth of it is correct, then we are already living deep inside a "well-regulated" police state.

One word of caution to the reader: A great deal of this is circumstantial and hearsay evidence, however, as will become obvious to any astute reader: in a "soft police state," after witnesses have been intimidated, cajoled and murdered; documents have been tampered with, lost or shredded; drug money has been laundered and reinvested; subpoenas have been ignored or squashed; secrecy and plausible deniability have been invoked to shield everything from the public; we have a sycophantic incurious press, and public officials have been muted, silenced, bribed or coached into lying -- all up and down the line -- there isn't much else left but hearsay and circumstantial evidence. Plus, there is so much of this kind of evidence that its preponderance and very cross-confirmation alone takes on a life of its own, that is to say, it lends to these stories a kind of credibility and credence of its own.

In each of the scandals included -- from the Okalahoma City bombing cover up, to the reasons for Vince Foster's and Jerry Parks murders, to Dan Lasater, Don Tyson, and the Stephen's brothers cocaine empire -- run by the Clintons out of the Arkansas Development Finance Administration (ADFA) -- to complicity in a contract to murder Colonel Terry Reed -- this is in every respect a blue print for how to turn our democracy into the world's largest "soft police state."

In short, this book is nothing if not the anatomy of a "soft police state" in the making, with the State of Arkansas taking the lead in the descent into irretrievable corruption. How does it happen? The subtext of this book gives us a step-by-step manual for how its done: When unchecked power, secrecy, a complacent public, weak kneed and corrupt political authorities and ruling elites, a press that will not face the reality before it, and large illicit sums of drug money, collide; and then collude: morality and civility are the first to go out the window. And then our democracy is in grave if not mortal danger.

Like a snake lying coiled waiting ready to spring on its prey from the grass, unwary citizens were enticed, lured, seduced or co-opted inside the circle of the Clinton corruption. Once inside, the noose is tightened and the trap door slammed shut. There are no exits except to "go on the lam" as Colonel Terry Reed, L. D. Brown, Patty-Ann Smith and Dennis Patrick did; or to play ball and pretend to love it, as Patsy Thomasson and Bob Nash, and so many others did; or be committed to jail or suicide as was done to Sarah McClendon; or be banished to purgatory as Paula Jones and Monica Lewinski were, or indeed give up your life as Vince Foster, Barry Seal and Jerry Parks did.

The author's thoughts are best summarized on page 316 when he is discussing the issue of Mena, Arkansas:

"What makes [the Iran Contra affair] so fascinating today is evidence that the CIA's base of operation was actively involved. The idea that an outwardly liberal and progressive Democrat like Bill Clinton was secretly assisting Oliver North's crusade against the Revolucion Sandinista is so shocking that the American press has dismissed it out of hand. But it is precisely because Mena turns the world upside down that it matters so much. If true, it validates the inchoate suspicion felt by many Americans that things are not what they seem. It suggests that the political rhetoric of the two parties in Washington is mere window dressing, while the real decisions are made in secret collusion without democratic accountability. To examine Mena is to examine the institutional condition of the United States. As for the president, it exposes him as a remarkable counterfeit, willing to betray his liberal principles for self-advancement."

This is truly scary stuff. Five stars

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Work
I just read this book for the second time after having read it a few years ago.It's amazing how time dulls the memory.I had forgotten about all of the scandals and crimes associated with the Clintons and it is chilling that after all of this time the Clintons still have not been held accountable and at this time Hillary is even in the running to become our next president.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has written a well-documented and well-researched book from years of investigation and interviews.He has meticulously laid out the evidence for the Clintons association with the Oklahoma bombing, Vince Foster's death, the sad murder of Kevin Ives, the "Dixie Mafia" and even Paula Jones.

I can understand why those who are enamored of Bill Clinton will not like this book but in typical left-wing form those who have given this book only one star and complain that it is filled with lies offer no facts to refute those supposed lies. ... Read more


7. The Clinton Foreign Policy Reader: Presidential Speeches With Commentary
by Bill Clinton, Alvin Z. Rubinstein, Albina Shayevich, Boris Zlotnikov
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8. Postmodern Presidency: Bill Clinton's Legacy in U.S. Politics (Political Science)
by Steven Schier
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As America’s first truly postmodern president, Bill Clinton experienced both great highs and stunning lows in office that will shape the future course of American politics. Clinton will forever be remembered as the first elected president to be impeached, but will his tarnished legacy have lasting effects on America’s political system?

Including the conflict in Kosovo, the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle, and new developments in the 2000 presidential campaign, The Postmodern Presidency is the most comprehensive and current assessment of Bill Clinton’s presidency available in print.

The book examines Clinton’s role in redefining the institution of the presidency, and his affect on future presidents’ economic and foreign policies. The contributors highlight the president’s unprecedented courtship of public opinion; how polls affected policy; how the president gained “celebrity” status; how Clinton’s “postmodern” style of public presidency helped him survive the 1994 elections and impeachment; and how all of this might impact future presidents.

This new text also demonstrates how the Clinton presidency changed party politics in the public and in Congress, with long-term implications and costs to both Republicans and his own Democratic party, while analyzing Clinton’s effect on the 1990s “culture wars,” the politics and importance of gender, and the politics and policy of race.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Examines Clinton's role in redefining the institution
The Postmodern Presidency: Bill Clinton's Legacy In U.S. Politics examines Clinton's role in redefining the institution of the presidency, and his affect on future presidents' economic and foreign policies. The contributors focus on the president's unprecedented courtship of public opinion; how pools affected policy; how the president gained "celebrity" status; how Clinton's "postmodern" style of public presidency helped him survive the 1994 elections and impeachment; and how all of this might impact upon future holders of the office. The Postmodern Presidency also demonstrates how the Clinton presidency changed party politics in the public and in Congress, with long-term implications and costs to both Republicans and Democrats, while analyzing Clinton's effect on the 1990s "culture wars", the politics and importance of gender, and the politics and policy of race. A strongly recommended addition to 20th century political science and American political history reading lists and reference collections, The Postmodern Presidency is informative, engaging, insightful, and thought-provoking. ... Read more


9. Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror
by Richard Miniter
Paperback: 317 Pages (2004-08-15)
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Journalist Rich Miniter brings us the shocking story of how Clinton repeatedly let Osama bin Laden slip through his fingers. Using his unparalleled access to sources and stories throughout the Middle East, Africa, and the U.S. he paints a devastating portrait of how close the U.S. military was to killing bin Laden - on multiple occasions - and how, each time, Clinton allowed him to grow stronger and more dangerous. This is a dramatic and riveting account of a terror war that bin Laden openly declared, but that Clinton left largely unfought. With a pounding narrative, up close characters and detailed scenes, it takes you inside the Oval Office, the White House Situation Room and within some of the deadliest terrorist cells ever faced. If Clinton had fought back, the attacks on September 11, 2001 might never have happened. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Liberals beware
This book really takes it to the left wing, specifically the pacifist. Year by year of the Clinton Admin. and the countless opportunity to kill bin Laden. The book is entertaining when you read about the incompetence of the admin, will anger you when you read how they drug their feet in making a decision, and annoy you with all of the non-Christian names.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing on many levels
Richard Miniter's book falls far short of what it could have been.Instead of being an accurate and incisive treatment of the Clinton Administration's shortcomings in dealing with bin Laden, it degenerates into mindless bashing of Clinton at every opportunity.For example, at page 16 (I refer to the 2003 hardcover edition), he faults Clinton for not paying sufficient attention to an attack on a hotel in Yemen--on December 29, 1992, three weeks before Clinton was sworn in.Miniter excuses the outgoing Bush (41) Administration, saying outgoing administrations brief incoming ones and "in practical terms, the decision was not Bush's [41] prerogative, but Clinton's."On the other end of Clinton's term, though, Miniter heaps blame on Clinton for not doing anything about the USS Cole attack on October 12, 2000.I wonder if Miniter would lay as much blame on the incoming Bush (43) Administration's lack of response to an attack that killed 17 American sailors as he lays on Clinton for not noticing the 1992 attack, which didn't hurt any Americans?

At another point (pages 85-87), Miniter describes how Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was able to leave Qatar in 1995 through the "lack of focus at the highest levels of the Clinton Administration."However, in his ensuing description, he discusses how the director of the FBI was pressuring Qatar officials to allow FBI agents in Qatar to capture KSM.It is thus unclear what "lack of focus" he is referring to.It seems that he doesn't miss any chance to blame Clinton, no matter how tenuous or unfounded the accusation.

Miniter's accuracy also leaves much to be desired.At one point (p. 14) he says bin Laden argued that allowing non-Muslims into Saudi Arabia "violated a well-known passage in the Koran that says that `there shall be no two religions in Arabia.'"However, this is not a passage from the Koran--it is a saying by the prophet Muhammad, allegedly when he was on his deathbed.Even if Miniter is that unfamiliar with Islam, he should have at least opened up a Koran to check (or he could have used the marvelous invention of Al Gore's, the Internet).At another point, he is discussing the Taliban, and notes that their government was only recognized by three nations, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Yemen (see footnote 31 to page 176; the text of the footnote is on page 294).This time he doesn't even check the facts against his own book!The three nations that recognized the Taliban government were Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates, as Miniter does correctly state on page 206.

It is truly a shame that Miniter didn't do a better job.Clearly the Clinton Administration has many failures to answer for.Miniter discusses many important events in detail, and says that he "interviewed and re-interviewed dozens of participants and experts...[m]uch of what they told me has never been reported..." (page xxi in the introduction).In theory, Miniter's original research could make his book a valuable resource.But given his carelessness with fact-checking, I am not sure that I would take any statement in his book at face value without extensive corroboration.His nearly hysterical anti-Clinton tone in the book doesn't help matters either.There is definitely a need for a clear and critical analysis of the Clinton Administration's actions and inactions with respect to bin Laden and al-Qaeda; unfortunately, this book isn't such an analysis.

1-0 out of 5 stars Miniter's entire premise has since been discredited
The premise of this screed by Richard Miniter, a conservative partisan hack, is that Clinton didn't care enough about finding Bin Laden, and was asleep at the switch.

As Richard Clarke has pointed out, this premise is entirely false, and Miniter has been left gasping ever since to make sense of his utterly discredited theory, the exact opposite of reality.

Meanwhile, Mr. Bush has had seven years and counting to find Bin Laden, and has failed at every turn.It turns out that Bush doesn't even CARE about the perpetrator of 9/11, and has little interest in even trying to find him, as revealed during an interview on March 13th, 2003:

Q: Mr. President, in your speeches now, you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? [...]

BUSH: ... I don't know where he is. Nor -- you know, I just don't spend that much time on him really, to be honest with you [...]

Q: Do you believe the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead of alive?

BUSH: As I say, we hadn't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, you know, again, I don't know where he is.

I'll repeat what I said: I truly am not that concerned about him.


-President George W. Bush, March 13, 2003

5-0 out of 5 stars It takes a strong stomach to read this
The last time I got sick reading a book was probably while in a car and I got motion sickness.Yet, this book made me physically ill.In this well-researched and thoroughly-documented book, Richard Miniter points out the repeated errors in strategy and lack of interest that Bill Clinton and his administration showed in capturing bin Laden between the time of the February 1993 World Trade Center bomb attack and the September 11th 2001 plane attack on the Twin Towers.Before the 9/11 attack which killed 3,000+ Americans, bin Laden was responsible for the deaths of 59 Americans with attacks on the World Trade Center, several U.S. Embassies, the U.S. Cole and other atrocities.Why was Clinton asleep at the switch?There are several reasons according to Miniter.Foremost was the president's constant fighting to save his political career while facing the Lewinsky and other sexual charges, illegal campaign contributions, and selling sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom.Interestingly, the day after Lewinsky admitted she had previously lied about having sex with the President (which meant Clinton had also lied), bin Laden's forces bombed two American embassies.Clinton now faced a two-war front: his political survival and his country's security.He chose to concentrate attention on the former.Sudan was ready to come to our aid by delivering bin Laden to the FBI at that country's airport.The fact that he did not accept that or any other offer from Sudan to silence bin Laden was, according to a quote from Clinton, "the greatest mistake of my presidency."As Miniter says in his introduction, "After reading the evidence in these pages, the reader can be the judge of that."I have two minor complaints about this book:There is a map, but it is too small.Much of the African-Middle East territory covered by this history is excluded.A bigger map with more information would be very helpful to the reader.Another aid would be a list of participants with a thumbnail sketch of each.Because there were so many people in the Clinton Administration involved, and because the Muslim names are so foreign to us, it is difficult to keep them straight.Such a list would also be very helpful.But beyond that, this is an eye-opener that every American should read.Hopefully, this book will become Clinton's legacy.

2-0 out of 5 stars More Right Wing Hypocrisy
If only President Clinton had invaded Iraq,tortured the usual suspects, tapped our phones and gone trillions of dollars in debt!
Miniter followed this hit piece with a book telling the untold story of how the Bush administration is winning the war on terror. Mission accomplished! ... Read more


10. First In His Class : A Biography Of Bill Clinton
by David Maraniss
Paperback: 512 Pages (1996-02-08)
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Who exactly is Bill Clinton, and why was he, of all the brilliant and ambitious men in his generation, the first in his class to reach the White House? Drawing on hundreds of letters, documents, and interviews, David Maraniss explores the evolution of the personality of our forty-second president from his youth in Arkansas to his 1991 announcement that he would run for the nation's highest office. In this richly textured and balanced biography, Maraniss reveals a complex man full of great flaws and great talents. First in His Class is the definitive book on Bill Clinton.Amazon.com Review
Lots of people have put forth theories on what makes Bill Clinton tick, but the most trustworthy source may be David Maraniss of the Washington Post. Maraniss won a Pulitzer covering Clinton's campaign, and his book on the man is nonpareil; you simply can't understand Clinton without reading Maraniss's anaylsis of his past. When Bill Clinton is good, he is very, very good, and when he's bad, he's exactly like he has been all his life. Fair-minded but no apologist, Maraniss is essentially an inspiring reporter who, virtually alone among Americans, has troubled to interview Clinton's Oxford classmates and therefore knows that Clinton was, according to them, not lying when he said he "never inhaled"; his classmates devoted hours to teaching Bill to inhale, but he just couldn't do it. Maraniss also casts light on what Clinton did imbibe intellectually at Oxford; precisely what he did to elude the draft, and its moral significance; how Arkansas politics shaped his political style; and what his character and marriage might actually be like. Yes, Maraniss gives us a comic scene in which fiancée Hillary comes through the front door of the campaign headquarters while a young female staffer is hustled out the back--but more importantly, Maraniss puts such events in perspective. As he once observed in the Post, "The question of whether a president who cannot control his sexual appetite should not be president is a tough one. It might mean that most of our presidents should not have been presidents." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars you'd want david maraniss to write YOUR biography ~
he nails a lot of truth about clinton's early years and presidency...

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david maraniss is also fair... approaching it all as a Fellow Human just trying to get along in the world...

this book was fascinating to read and, like all good biography, taught life lessons ~

it was so interesting because ~ say what you will about bill clinton ~ he's the most interesting capable man of a generation...

anne coulter, christopher hitchens and ALL the folks of that Ilk who are not nearly as impressive as the people they love to skewer... lack everything someone like david maraniss demonstrates: for starters, insights that MATTER...

5-0 out of 5 stars Spot On
I decided I hated Clinton a few days after 18 of my brother soldiers were slaughtered in Mogadishu.It was the day the first load of wounded Rangers came back to the states.I dont expect Presidents to be standing tall every moment wounded troops come back.But I do expect they would have enough decency not to tout their health care initiatives by visiting wounded gang bangers on such a day (as Clinton did).I read this book a few years after that incident.Still hate Clinton and her husband......just not as much!

Mr. Maraniss paints an interesting picture of Bill Clinton.Here is a truly brilliant man who learned the ins and outs of the American political system.A man who can spend a law school semester on the campaing trail yet manage to pass with some intense studying at the least moment (Im a law school grad an freely admit I couldnt do this!).But he also shows us the spoiled child side too.A person who was doted an indulged in his early years and who essentially got everything he wanted.Its no wonder he thought he was too good to serve in the military!Speaking of that Mr. Maraniss puts to bed for all eternity the draft issue.He makes it quite clear Clinton received an induction notice and then did everthing in his power to avoid service.Why should he serve his nation or follow his marriage vows?He was the best of the best and should be above the law!

So there you go.The good and the bad of a very polarizing character in a very intriguing format. Clinton lovers, nows the time to hit the not helpful button and get the hate email flowing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't wait till the autobiography, but this will do for now!
If you are a right wing nut, stay away from this book, you might actually appreciate and respect Bill Clinton.Maraniss really sheds light on the former President's childhood, initial interest in politics, Arkansas' governorship and his announcement for the presidency.Unbiased and definitely a page-turner.I have read a bunch of Bill Clinton books and this is definitely one of my favorites.You do not need to be a policy wonk or even a political hack to enjoy learning about our 42nd president.Even some of my Republican friends find his ascent interesting and even revealing as to some of his decision making during his time in the White House.A great book, a greater president, two thumbs up!!

4-0 out of 5 stars A great reflection of a truly great president
First, the title of this story can be misleading. In highschool, college, at Oxford and Yale, Clinton was never "first in class," based solely on grades. But, who cares? Clinton is one of the best presidents in United States history and Maraniss gives an inside look into the life of this great man despite not interviewing anyone in the Clinton family. He uses research based solely on interviews from those people closest to the man himself. When you reach for this book don't think it will give you an inside look at the presidency. It rolls along in chronological order from birth to announcement of candidacy for the 1992 presidential election so never gets to the presidency. It does however provide some interesting insights into the Clinton marriage, and the Clinton psyche. His temper, although rare is described well in this biography. Overall, it is a great read for anyone who wants to know more about a former president. Everything from his Oxford years and apparent affairs with other women not named Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones. Perhaps the greatest thing about this book is how Maraniss remains neutral. Regardless of his like or dislike of Clinton, he never shows it.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Eminently Readably Biography of a Fascinating Man
I'll just start this by saying that I recommend this book wholeheartedly.Maraniss does a fantastic job of creating an incredibly readable work and his research here shines through.Interviews with former friends, old letters, yearbook signatures...!If you want to gain a better understanding of Bill Clinton, both his strengths and weaknesses, I strongly urge you to read this book. ... Read more


11. Bill Clinton: An American Journey: Great Expectations
by Nigel Hamilton
Hardcover: 816 Pages (2003-09-30)
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Bill Clinton, forty-second president of the United States, is the quintessential baby boomer: on the one hand blessed with a near-genius IQ, on the other, beset by character flaws that made his presidency a veritable soap opera of high ideals, distressing incompetence, model financial stewardship, and domestic misbehavior. In an era of cultural civil war, the Clinton administration fed the public an almost daily diet of scandal and misfortune.

Who is Bill Clinton, though, and how did this baby-boom saga begin? Clinton’s upbringing in Arkansas and his student years at Georgetown, Oxford, and Yale universities help us to see his life not only as a personal story but as the story of modern America.

Behind the closed doors of the house on the hill above Park Avenue in Hot Springs, the struggle between Clinton’s stepfather and mother became ultimately unbearable, causing Virginia to move out and divorce Roger Clinton. Dreading confrontation, Bill Clinton excelled in almost every field save athletics. But the fabled success of the scholarship boy would be marred by the decisions he came to make regarding Vietnam and military service—choices that haunt him to this day.

We watch with a mixture of alarm, fascination, and awe as Bill Clinton does so much that is right—and so much that is wrong. He sets his cap for the star student at Yale, young Hillary Rodham, seducing her with his dreams of a better America and an aw-shucks grin. Wherever he goes, he charms and disarms—young and old, men and women...and more women. He becomes a law professor straight out of college; he contests a congressional election in his twenties—and almost wins it. He becomes attorney general of his state and within two years is set to become the youngest-ever governor of Arkansas, at only thirty-two.

Yet, always, there is a curse, a drive toward personal self-destruction—and with that the destruction of all those who are helping him on his legendary path. His affair with Gennifer Flowers strains his marriage and later nearly scuttles his bid for the presidency. He is thrown out of the governor’s office after only one term and suffers a life-shaking crisis of confidence. Though with the stalwart help of a female chief of staff he regains his crown, it is clear that Bill Clinton’s charismatic career is a ceaseless tightrope walk above the forces that threaten to pull him down—the most potent of them residing in his own being.

Imbued with sympathy, deep intelligence, and the storyteller’s art, this extraordinary biography helps us, at last, to understand the real Bill Clinton as he stumbles and withdraws from the 1988 presidential nomination race but enters it four years later, to make one of the most astonishing bids for the presidency in the twentieth century: the climax of this gripping political, social, and scandalous journey. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars What happened to Nigel Hamilton?
Once upon a time there was a first-rate biographer named Nigel Hamilton. Twenty years ago he wrote the definitive three-volume life of Lord Montgomery of Alamein, one that is still the essential source for understanding the man. Then in 1993 the first book of his projected multi-volume biography of John F. Kennedy, JFK: Reckless Youth, was published, a work that will probably remain the essential source for understanding Kennedy's pre-political life for decades to come.

At some point after that, though, Hamilton changed. Perhaps it was a consequence of immersing himself in JFK's salacious life or perhaps it was some sort of traumatic personal experience, but Hamilton's focus changed. The shift emerged in 2001 with his atrociously-named "Full Monty," a reinterpretation of his earlier subject that focuses on Montgomery's sexual orientation. Now we have his latest book, the first of a promised two-volume life of Bill Clinton that covers his life up to his election in 1992. Like the Kennedy biography it is an "unofficial" life; unlike the Kennedy biography, though, Hamilton did not have access to any of the papers from the Clinton Library, which obviously limits much of its scope.

Even when this is taken into account, though, Hamilton has written a lousy book. His primary focus is on Clinton's personal life, which he covers in salacious detail (enough to ensure that his book will occupy a prominent place on the bookshelves of most Clinton-haters) and follows up with superficial psychoanalysis. While I do not doubt the accuracy of his account, the result is Clinton the libido, with little about the political career which is the reason why he warrants our attention to begin with. I grant that Hamilton did not have access to Clinton's papers, but would it have been so hard to glean something about Clinton's tenure as governor from newspaper accounts and interviews with other Arkansas politicos? Without it, the reader is left with the impression that Clinton was elected president based on his charm - a facile impression that does a great disservice to anybody seeking a true understanding of the man.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very interesting but could use some more flushing out
Bill Clinton is a very debated about politician and Nigel Hamilton takes a great stab at his early life. This book ends in 1992 but does an excellent job talking about his childhood growing up, college years, marriage to Hillary and the turbulent times of governor. It captures the rocky relationship with Carter and the pervasiness of Bill Clinton in his early scandals. It clearly captures the relationship with Hillary and puts out some interesting theories for their marriage and why Bill Clinton feels the need to get involved with other women.I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in how Bill Clinton got to the presidency.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rush to Judgement?
The forces and dynamics of both the Democratic Party, and the national unrest prevalent during the period that Clinton "rose" to shoulder his duties at the White House during his administration, and the manner in which he went about it suggests that it will be years before the clarity of his personal strengths and weaknesses will be understood fully. Complicated by the number of extraordinary events (including his impeachment process, the innovation of the internet, and the flaws of the political process itself, as they were revealed during the election of 2000, make rushes to judgement less accurate than they are entitled to be in American history. In addition, the unique upbringing of Clinton, his background, and the unusual experiences that preceded his Presidency obscure typical thinking about him within the normal boundaries in which other Presidents have been examined. As one of the most visible of persons, with a staff strikingly involved, and yet removed from his Presidency, it will take years to sort out the important dynamics of his terms, and may be seen as the beginning of an era where Americans, themselves, awakened to the strengths and weaknesses of their democracy to play a greater role in its outcome. He will, no doubt, remain an enigma for years to come both because of what he respresents, and because of his forceful personality, not to mention the importance of his wife, the Senator, who was fully vested in his administration, and continues to play a significant role in American politics as well as American government. It's obvious that Mr. Hamilton's attempts might be much more important in the future, and through development of his second volume, when and if that becomes available in the distance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book about a Complex Man
I tried very hard to like President Clinton's Memoirs.But instead I found myself frustrated at the way his autobiography blames everyone else for Clinton's problems except himself.That being said, while his memoirs frustrated me it causes me to read further about Clinton and fill in the many gaps between the truth and what was presented in My Life by Clinton.

An American Journey is a highly readable, truthfull, and ultimately sympathetic look at Clinton's rise to presidency.The author does not sugarcoat anything and you see the real Bill Clinton: his many strengths and his many weaknesses.I also enjoyed how the author put the situations Clinton was in into the Context of the times and place.I really could not stop reading this book.It is very good and should be read rather than Clinton's memoirs.

1-0 out of 5 stars What hapened to Nigel Hamilton?
Once upon a time there was a first-rate biographer named Nigel Hamilton.Twenty years ago he wrote the definitive three-volume life of Lord Montgomery of Alamein, one that is still the essential source for understanding the man.Then in 1993 the first book of his projected multi-volume biography of John F. Kennedy was published, a work that will probably remain the essential source for understanding Kennedy's pre-political life for decades to come.

At some point after that, though, Hamilton changed.Perhaps it was a consequence of immersing himself in JFK's salacious life or perhaps it was some sort of traumatic personal experience, but Hamilton's focus changed.The shift emerged in 2001 with his atrociously-named "Full Monty," a reinterpretation of his earlier subject that focuses on Montgomery's sexual orientation.Now we have his latest book, the first of a promised two-volume life of Bill Clinton that covers his life up to his election in 1992.Like the Kennedy biography it is an "unofficial" life; unlike the Kennedy biography, though, Hamilton did not have access to any of the papers from the Clinton Library, which obviously limits much of its scope.

Even when this is taken into account, though, Hamilton has written a lousy book.His primary focus is on Clinton's personal life, which he covers in salacious detail (enough to ensure that his book will occupy a prominent place on the bookshelves of most Clinton-haters) and follows up with superficial psychoanalysis.While I do not doubt the accuracy of his account, the result is Clinton the libido, with little about the political career which is the reason why he warrants our attention to begin with.I grant that Hamilton did not have access to Clinton's papers, but would it have been so hard to glean something about Clinton's tenure as governor from newspaper accounts and interviews with other Arkansas politicos?Without it, the reader is left with the impression that Clinton was elected president based on his charm - a facile impression that does a great disservice to anybody seeking a true understanding of the man.No doubt that disservice will be continued once Hamilton's second volume is published. ... Read more


12. Bill Clinton (Presidents and Their Decisions)
 Hardcover: 212 Pages (2001-07-26)
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Bill Clinton won the 1992 presidential election promising to lead from the center, rather than from the left or right, of American politics. However, he proved too liberal for most Republicans, whose attacks on the Democratic president's character finally culminated in his 1998 impeachment on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice regarding his testimony about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Topics in the volume include Clinton's failed proposal for universal health care, his lift of the ban on gays in the military, U.S. foreign policy under Clinton, and the Lewinsky scandal and subsequent impeachment. (20010301) ... Read more


13. The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House
by John F. Harris
Kindle Edition: 560 Pages (2005-05-31)
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The definitive account of one of the most accomplished, controversial, and polarizing figures in American history

Bill Clinton is the most arresting leader of his generation. He transformed American politics, and his eight years as president spawned arguments that continue to resonate. For all that has been written about this singular personality–including Clinton’s own massive autobiography–there has been no comprehensive, nonpartisan overview of the Clinton presidency.

Few writers are as qualified and equipped to tackle this vast subject as the award-winning veteran Washington Post correspondent John F. Harris, who covered Clinton for six of his eight years in office–as long as any reporter for a major newspaper. In The Survivor, Harris frames the historical debate about President William Jefferson Clinton, by revealing the inner workings of the Clinton White House and providing the first objective analysis of Clinton’s leadership and its consequences.

Harris shows Clinton entering the Oval Office in 1993 primed to make history. But with the Cold War recently concluded and the country coming off a nearly uninterrupted generation of Republican presidents, the new president’s entry into this maelstrom of events was tumultuous. His troubles were exacerbated by the habits, personal contacts, and the management style, he had developed in his years as governor of Arkansas. Clinton’s enthusiasm and temper were legendary, and he and Hillary Rodham Clinton–whose ambitions and ordeals also fill these pages–arrived filled with mistrust about many of the characters who greeted them in the “permanent Washington” that often holds the reins in the nation’s capital.

Showing surprising doggedness and a deep-set desire to govern from the middle, Clinton repeatedly rose to the challenges; eventually winning over (or running over) political adversaries on both sides of the aisle–sometimes facing as much skepticism from fellow Democrats as from his Republican foes. But as Harris shows in his accounts of political debacles such as the attempted overhaul of health care, Clinton’s frustrations in the war against terrorism, and the numerous personal controversies that time and again threatened to consume his presidency, Bill Clinton could never manage to outrun his tendency to favor conciliation over clarity, or his own destructive appetites.

The Survivor is the best kind of history, a book filled with major revelations–the tense dynamic of the Clinton inner circle and Clinton’s professional symbiosis with Al Gore to the imprint of Clinton’s immense personality on domestic and foreign affairs–as well as the minor details that leaven all great political narratives. This long-awaited synthesis of the dominant themes, events, and personalities of the Clinton years will stand as the authoritative and lasting work on the Clinton Presidency.


From the Hardcover edition.Amazon.com Review
The Survivor is the rare book with positive recommendations from both liberal historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. and Brit Hume of the Fox News Channel. The author, John F. Harris--who covered the Clinton presidency as a political reporter at The Washington Post for six years--finds the perfect balance for his subject, writing with point-blank frankness about Clinton's impressive strengths and many weaknesses and painting an utterly fair portrait of one of the most charismatic and enigmatic political figures of the last 50 years. Harris at times is harsher to Clinton than many of the president's critics were and at other times, as in the case of his impeachment, is far kinder. He occasionally editorializes on the motivations of the Clintons, that ultimate power couple: why their marriage was not (despite public opinion) a sham based on political opportunity; how Bill's upbringing contributed to his willingness to take risks (sometimes to his great harm); and how "permanent Washington," including the presidential press corps, was determined to teach these Arkansas outsiders a lesson in the administration's rocky early days.

Harris peppers the book with both fact and anecdote, moving swiftly from subject to subject. The Survivor shows Clinton's growth as a leader throughout the eight years of his presidency, and how his personal failings almost brought them to a close. Far from being a milquetoast summary of events, The Survivor is a gripping read set behind the scenes in the West Wing. Harris has crafted a brilliant book with writerly style and with an eye on history. The Survivor is one of the best political titles of the year, and--like its subject matter--may be appreciated even more as time goes on. --Jennifer Buckendorff ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding historical writing
The Survivor is a superb historical account of Bill Clinton's presidency. The writing is beautiful, just a pleasure to read. Clinton, Hillary, Al Gore, and the entire cabinet come alive in the pages, almost like a fiction novel. This book is not a biography. It does not delve much into Clinton's life before he became president, other than as those things relate to his time in the White House. After reading this book you will have a thorough understanding of how Clinton handled his presidency. But beyond that, the author makes a strong attempt to UNDERSTAND Clinton's choices, to tie them into the type of person he was. Some history books can get dry and bogged down. This one does not. If you read one book on the Clinton presidency, this should be it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impartial look at Bill Clinton
Along with Elizabeth Drew's "On the Edge", this is a very fair and balanced look at Bill Clinton's presidency. Highly recommended !

3-0 out of 5 stars Bill Clinton
Republicans blamed Bill Clinton for 9/11, saying he cut the military and weakened the intelligence community. It is just as valid to say the Republicans weakened the country by impeaching Clinton and trying to destroy his presidency. We have reached a point where each party puts itself ahead of the country. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, came on television and praised the Democrats for their greatness. Problem is, we can not have a democracy without two great parties. Reflecting on the Clinton presidency, it is hard to think of anything he did. He kept the peace. He said his goal was to have no major wars. His goal of universal health coverage failed. In retrospect, his 8 years were a series of scandals from Jennifer Flowers to Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky. Clinton learned from Nixon's mistake. He knew that if he hung on, the impeachment process would run its course. The country did not need another Watergate nor a second president resigning. Republicans ignored this, seeking revenge for Watergate. One thing about Clinton, he had charisma. His womanizing ruined Al Gore. And his bridge to the 21st century became a bridge back to the Bushes of Texas!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Clinton Book !
This is an excellent book that gives the reader lots of interesting, insightful information about President Clinton.

4-0 out of 5 stars Remember How Hopeful?How Infuriating It Was??
Remember the political nineties?I remember my own early enthusiasm for the New Democrat as political antidote.Bill Clinton's maddening foibles (sins?) have always in my mind had to be balanced with some real achievements like a balanced budget and welfare reform.If anything, Clinton personified a new kind of leader in that his private life and inner mind were exposed in ways Presidents had not been before.A President just simply wasn't supposed to feel our pain or twaddle with interns.I learned about "compartmentalization" watching Clinton as President on 24-hour news cycles.

John Harris does an admirable job navigating partisan invective and still sore political wounds.Harris tells key stories well, weaving throughout the narrative an intriguing capsule of the political survivor.I give his work four stars as I don't know that I gained any new insights beyond what I observed living through the nineties.Survivor is an enjoyable series of linked essays vividly recapturing the political nineties from a view alongside Clinton. ... Read more


14. The Pact: Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the Rivalry that Defined a Generation
by Steven M. Gillon
Hardcover: 368 Pages (2008-06-03)
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Most Americans saw President Bill Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich as staunch foes--"the polar extremes of Pennsylvania Avenue." But as Steven Gillon reveals in The Pact, these powerful adversaries formed a secret alliance in 1997, a pact thatwould have rocked the political landscape, had it not foundered in the wake of the Lewinsky scandal.
A fascinating look at politics American-style, The Pact offers a riveting account of two of America's most charismatic and influential leaders, detailing both their differences and their striking similarities, and highlighting the profound and lasting impact the tumultuous 1960s had on both their personal and political lives. With the cooperation of both President Clinton and Speaker Gingrich, interviews with key players who have never before spoken about their experiences, along with unprecedented access to Gingrich's private papers, Gillon not only offers a behind-the-scenes look at the budget impasse and the government shutdown in 1995--the famous face-off between Clinton and Gingrich--but he also reveals how the two moved closer together after 1996--closer than anyone knew. In particular, the book illuminates their secret efforts to abandon the liberal and conservative wings of their own parties and strike a bi-partisan deal to reform the "third rail of American politics"--Social Security and Medicare. That potentially groundbreaking effort was swept away by the highly charged reaction to the Lewinsky affair, ending an initiative that might have transformed millions of American lives.
Packed with compelling new revelations about two of the most powerful and intriguing figures of our time, this book will be must reading for everyone interested in politics or current events. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars the Pact
this is another 5 stars for me. again i heard about it on cspan. An eye opener, well written, exept for all the mistakes the kindle edition sometime makes, like words running together. I also think this writer is very fair when judging chericters, pretty much says the facts, you decides the rest. This is my second review, please be patient, also English is my second language, allow for some errors

4-0 out of 5 stars Missed Opportunity?
I have a bit of a secret.I am a liberal Democrat with a soft spot for Newt Gingrich.Hearing Gingrich talk and reading his work has always fascinated me.I do not agree with all of his conclusions or prescriptions, but have always been impressed by his intelligence and political skill.Regarding the former, he has an incredible mind for policy and history, can think broadly about complex problems, and is always generating new ideas (even if they are ones I disagree with).Regarding the latter, his long view of returning Republicans to power and building a GOP farm team was a brilliant strategy that paid huge dividends for his party.Part of my admiration in Gingrich may be because I was not politically active until I entered college in 1999, so I missed the day to day political warfare that Gingrich was at the forefront of.

What I know of those days comes from history and books like The Pact.The Pact traces the careers of two figures with more in common than one would think when approaching the material, Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich.Although the book uses the period immediately following the 1996 presidential election and preceding the Lewinsky scandal as its hook, it is really a quick biography of these two figures from their early political careers, through their collision in 1994, to their brief attempt to do big things before impeachment crowded out their hopes.

The author may be a bit too optimistic on what these two big brains could have done had impeachment not gotten in the way.The book demonstrates that Gingrich's partisanship often overshadowed his desire to get something done when it came to the Clinton White House, for example during the budget negotiations that led to two government shutdowns.And Clinton too was often held captive by the demands of his own political base.Even without impeachment, these two barriers may have prevented the major deals on Social Security and other issues the book almost takes for granted would have occurred.

Bill Clinton, like Gingrich, also had an incredible mind and political sense.But where Gingrich's political skills were broadly applied to a movement, Clinton's were more about his personal elections and survival.But they were both leaders who seemed to implicitly understand the coming challenges of the 21st century.Clinton's attempts to tackle healthcare, energy, and some limited gay rights in his first term appear more prescient with each passing year.

I think most Americans have a general sense that Bill Clinton's presidency was a missed opportunity due to his own personal failing and the partisan divide.The Pact puts a little substance on that broad sketch of history.But it is just a little substance.If you have already read extensively about the period or these two figures, you may not find the book that enlightening.Although the author conducted extensive interviews to complete the work, many of the stories are ones I had read before.

But if you have not read much on these topics, give this quick read some of your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Piece of Journalism
Couldn't put it down - Bit of a puff piece for Bill - But I'm sort of a Newt guy - Extremely well documented - How did Erskine Bowles lose an election - D -

5-0 out of 5 stars Who Knew?!
Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich working together?! Despite the fact that these two political heavyweights have made careers out of bashing one another, this book shows that once upon a time they worked together on a secret alliance that might have fixed Social Security. Once the Lewisnsky scandal broke, Gingrich felt like he had to distance himself from Clinton and everything fell apart. The author uses a lot of first-hand resources (letters and interviews) to help tell this fascinating story. ... Read more


15. Bill Clinton (History Maker Bios)
by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
Library Binding: 48 Pages (2008-09)
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16. Running in Place: How Bill Clinton Disappointed America
by Richard Reeves
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The veteran journalist and columnist examines the circumstances and consequences of what he sees as serious missteps and misperceptions on the part of President Clinton and his administration. Original. 50,000 first printing.Amazon.com Review
Many of the people who supported Bill Clinton in1992 expected better of him. Perhaps it was candidate Bill Clinton'slofty orations, but many saw in Clinton a 1990s version of JohnF. Kennedy and a return to that time. Richard Reeves, journalistand author of books on Presidents Kennedy, Ford, Carter, andReagan, is in that camp, and "disappointment" seems to be thebest word for its view of Clinton. Reeves, whose wide-angle bookdoesn't fall into the same trap as a recent spate of books that offerinstant analysis in the guise of history, explains how hisdisappointment has resulted from Clinton's inability to inspire. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Quite Good, In Spite Of Some Flaws
A well written, brief and entertaining attack on Clinton from a mainstreamleftist. Richard Reeves, a long time President watcher (starting with JFK) provides an excellent explanation of the forces swirling around the Clinton administration that helped form the policies of the President, but he seems to have missed the truth about the man himself. Reeves suggests that Clinton was unaware that he was signing up with the conservative mainstream elements of his party, in fact Clinton has always been a leader of those very forces. Needless to say, Reeves seems a bit naive, largely because he seems to have accepted Clinton's claims to be a 'liberal' (in the misused American meaning) based on Clinton's own protestations. In fact, Clinton has acted just as one would expect a 'new democrat' to act, as an unapologetic big business toady. Still, the errors of interpretation do not mar the analysis of what happened, nor the excellence of the writing. Like any book by Reeves, it is a must for serious President watchers and a great brief for those with a passing interest in Bubba. All in all, a five star book that will strain neither your checkbook nor your calendar. I was disappointed by the lack of an index. Highly recommended. ... Read more


17. Bill Clinton: Politician (Overcoming Adversity)
by Michael Kelly
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Presents a biography of the forty-second president, who survived a difficult childhood with an abusive stepfather to become the youngest governor of Arkansas and serve two terms as American president. ... Read more


18. Bill Clinton (Getting to Know the Us Presidents)
by Mike Venezia
Paperback: 32 Pages (2008-03)
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19. Billy Clinton's Letters from Camp
by Bill Adler, Peggy Robin
Paperback: 96 Pages (1997-06)
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A humorous glimpse into what Bill Clinton's childhood camp letters may have looked like shows readers how he behaved toward girls, how he related to his bunkmates, and how he protected the environment. Original." ... Read more


20. Willy Nilly: Bill Clinton Speaks Out
by Edward P. Moser
 Paperback: 132 Pages (1994-03)
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A wicked look inside the world of presidential politics reveals the president's remarkable talent to waffle and waver to suit the needs of the moment, capturing Clinton's flip-flops and reversals on such issues as taxes, health care, and foreign policy. Original. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Uproarious fun
This guy really nailed the awful (and funny) truth about Bill Clinton, his mendacity and pandering, long before anyone heard of Monica Lewinsky. The book humorously makes it clear Clinton was full of it and himself from the earliest days of his presidency. ... Read more


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