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President Bill Clinton'sMy Lifeis 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 Housea 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 youthborn 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 writtenencompassing 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.

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ISBN-100375414576
ISBN-139780375414572

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AuthorBill Clinton
Number Of Pages1008 pages
FormatHardcover
Publication Date2004-06-22
LanguageEnglish
PublisherKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Additional Details
Copyright Date2004
IllustratedYes

Dimensions
Weight52.6 Oz
Height2 In.
Width6.4 In.
Length9.4 In.

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GroupTrade

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LCCN2004-107564
LC Classification NumberE886.A3 2004
Dewey Decimal973.929092
Dewey Edition22

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Created: 11/09/08

2005 Paperback Edition of Pres. Clinton's Autobiography

Pres. Clinton credits his family up-bringing in Hope, Ark. for his many successes. With detailed & meticulous acumen, he self-analyses numerous political life events & people who worked for & against him from Hope to DC. As the former President of the US carefully critiques his significant achievements from rapidly stopping Milosevic's genocide in Serbia to steadfastly constructing the best US economy ever, Clinton doesn't fail to reveal his senses of failure to mediate an enduring peace in the Middle East & to adopt a nationalized healthcare system for all Americans.

Most interesting of all is Pres. Clinton's recounting of his administration's intelligence & knowledge of Osama bin Laden's terrorist threat to the US & that they were striving to target bin Laden & his terrorist cells. In hindsight, Clinton's report of his adminstration's work to prevent attacks on US soil makes Condilezza Rice's ignorance even more heinous.

Pres. Clinton credits Hillary for being his rock. His adoration of Hillary & Chelsea is ever-present throughout the text. Pres. Clinton takes full responsibility for his trist with Lewinsky. But, like Hillary's account of his impeachment, partisan politics conflated with Christian zealousy, in the form of Kenneth Starr, are what he holds responsible, as do a majority of the American people.

Pres. Clinton paints the accurate portrait of the last global leader since the Bush Supreme Court's Presidential selection. Influenced as a teen by JFK to commit his innovative intellect & political ambitions to public service he proved himself through independent & creative hard work.

"My Life," is certainly the most detailed & well written account of a presidential autobiography that I've read. As one critic says, "It's almost voluptuous to read Clinton when he's recounting or analyzing a political race or a legislative battle, whether it's his own or somebody else's....Passages like these, and there are plenty of them, are enriched by a characteristic mixture of shrewdness, and a nuanced appreciation of context" New Yorker Hendrik Hertzberg 8/2/2004. Perhaps that is the most challenging work Pres. Clinton achieved in his autobiography, contextualizing himself & everyone else in the very moments of being.

The late Former Texas Governor of US diversity, Ann Richards, wisely said, "Bill Clinton is one smart man," to Larry King on a CNN broadcast. His presidential autobiography clearly reveals Richards was right. The US had a humble, gentle-speaking statesman at the helm who was beloved nearly throughout the world. "My Life," couldn't do a better job of reminding me of that, especially in contrast to nearly 8 years of the most arrogant & supremacist Bush administration White House, that is hated nearly around the world; including in the US, where he can't even safely walk a city street that Pres. Clinton used to shake hands while jogging along. As Bob Dylan's oscar-winning song claims: "I used to care, but things have changed."

Indeed, on November 4th, 2008, the nation proved that the Bush adminstration's failures are the most mobilizing force that ever happened in the USA, to make people care about "things" being changed~

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Created: 11/15/06

Memoir of a Writer, Self-Critic & Beloved Statesman

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Former Texas Governor of US diversity, Ann Richards, wisely said, "Bill Clinton is one smart man." His Presidential autobiography clearly reveals that truth. The US had a humble, gentle-speaking statesman at the helm who was beloved nearly throughout the world. "My Life," couldn't do a better job of reminding me of that, especially in contrast to an arrogant and supremacist Bush-led White House that is hated nearly around the world, including in the US where he can't even safely walk a city street that Pres. Clinton used to shake hands while jogging along. As Bob Dylan's oscar-winning song claims: "I used to care, but things have changed."

Pres. Clinton credits his family upbringing in Hope, Ark. for his many successes. With detailed and meticulous acumen, he self-analyses numerous political life events and people who worked for and against him from Hope to DC. As the former President of the US carefully critiques his significant achievements in rapidly stopping Milosevic's genocide in Serbia and steadfastly constructing the best US economy ever, Clinton doesn't fail to reveal his senses of failure to mediate an enduring peace in the Middle East and a nationalized healthcare system for all Americans.


Most interesting of all is Pres. Clinton's recounting of his administration's intelligence and knowledge of Osama bin Laden's terrorist threat to the US and that they were striving to target bin Laden and his terrorist cells. In Hindsight, Clinton's report of his adminstration's work to prevent attacks on US soil makes Defense Sec. Rice's ignorance even more heinous.

Pres. Clinton credits Hillary for being his rock. His adoration of Hillary and Chelsea is ever-present throughout the text.

Pres. Clinton takes full responsibility for his tryst with Lewinsky. But like Hillary's account of his impeachment, partisan politics conflated with Christian zealously in the form of Kenneth Starr are what he holds responsible, as do a majority of the American people.

Pres. Clinton paints the accurate portrait of the last global leader since the Bush Supreme Court's Presidential selection. Influenced as a teen by JFK to commit his innovative intellect and political ambitions to public service he proved himself through independent and creative hard work.

"My Life," is certainly the most detailed and well written account of a Presidential autobiography that I've read. As one critic says, "It's almost voluptuous to read Clinton when he's recounting or analyzing a political race or a legislative battle, whether it's his own or somebody else's.....Passages like these, and there are plenty of them, are enriched by a characteristic mixture of shrewdness, and a nuanced appreciation of context"
New Yorker Hendrik Hertzberg 8/2/2004. Perhaps that is the most challenging work Pres. Clinton achieved in his autobiography, contextualizing himself and everyone else in the very moments of being.

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Created: 04/18/10

Great Reflections by a Great World Leader

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When William Jefferson Clinton was the 2 term president of the United States he was truly a world leader who was admired as such by so many.

Now that his successor has made a mockery of the presidency and a mess of our nation and probably much of the rest of the world as well, President Clinton's memoirs are more significant than ever.

His writing makes it very clear that he's a very wise man who's quite willing to thoroughly examine both his mistakes and successes. Unlike the administrators of the executive branch of US government who followed him, President Clinton very clearly exposes that he's a man of deep conscience.

This is a collectible book for one and all because it is reader-friendly. obviously, President Clinton wanted to make his memoirs available to a very wide readership, including youths. Bravo!

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Created: 12/05/09

MY Life Bill Clinton

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I bought this book out of curiosity. When a president sits at the White House every move they make is either loved or hated by the left and or right wings. The press writes the stories that they think we might want to hear allot of these being very Bias based. The whole Monica thing blew up and tarnished his great legacy. I wanted to see what if life was really like, There have been a few lame duck Preidents that you can't remember much about but no matter what you thought of Bill, Billary etc he had a certain charm about his ways. I want to know the man away from the Oval Office. The one and only WILLIAM CLINTON,,,,,,

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Created: 08/25/10

Best Presidential Memoir I've Read

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US President Bill Clinton has remained beloved across the Earth largely because of his contagious style of communicating at eye-to-eye level with we the people. That's no small feat considering how many cultures of we the people with whom he's been an expert communicator.

A few years ago, his self-penned memoir was published only to become a sell out best seller. I love how he mixes the personal and political parts of his experiences into a blend that sounds just like him: down to Earth even as he writes about soaring to the heights of the US Presidency.

I still miss him being our President. The world was a far better place when he was. Hopefully, we'll give Sec. Hillary Clinton enough time to repair all the damage the Bush administration did to world relations. Reading this memoir had made me all the more aware of how terrible the adminstration that followed him really was.

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