My Life by Bill Clinton (2004, Hardcover)
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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.|
|Number Of Pages||1008 pages|
|Publisher||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|LC Classification Number||E886.A3 2004|
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- ljmarchant42Apr 11, 2010by
Best Post-Presidential Memoir
Just as President William Jefferson Clinton commanded the deep respect of most of the world during his presidency because of his communication skills, so too does he command a very similar respect through this memoir.
What impresses me most is how feminist a writer he is, that is, being reflexive: self-critiquing. His introspective insights are what fascinate me most. Highly recommended reading for anyone.
- honeybee1962-20...Apr 15, 2010by
A Marvelous Presidential Memoir by W.J. Clinton
Well worth waiting for, well worth reading every page, this presidential memoir is one of my all time favorites. Bill Clinton has a unique charm that comes through his writing just as it always has through his public presentations.
His memoir is particularly great because Clinton is deliberately using a writing style that is accessible to the largest readership imaginable. That is typical of the former president of the US. One of his great achievements was opening up the executive branch of US government, through very effective communication, to we, the people. This memoir continues that legacy.
- judge_pierreAug 21, 2010by
One of the Most Well Written Presidential Biographies
President Bill Clinton proves throughout his autobiography that he's not only a prolific writer but that he's also a very smart man. He's written this book so that just about anyone can read it, without writing down, so to speak. I have found this book to be a treasure that I like to revisit again and again. I give it the highest recommendations for a US Presidential memoir.
- 919832430@delet...Apr 18, 2010by
Great Reflections by a Great World Leader
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!Read full review
- 1006901420@dele...Aug 25, 2010by
Best Presidential Memoir I've Read
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.Read full review