(aka William Jefferson Clinton)
[August 19, 1946 - ]
July 2, 2004
Health Security: The President's Report to the American People (1993)
Between Hope and History : Meeting America's Challenges for the 21st Century
My Life: The Early Years
My Life: The Presidential Years
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
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
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
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
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.
First In His Class: A Biography Of Bill Clinton (1996) by
High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton (1998) by
Ann H. Coulter
The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and
Hillary Clinton (2000) by
and Joe Conason
The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
(2001) by Barbara Olson
The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton (2002) by Joe
The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk (2002) by
Susan McDougal with Pat Harris
Bill Clinton: An American Journey: Great Expectations (2003) by Nigel
Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Endangered
America's Long-Term National Security (2003) by
Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years (2003) by
Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror
(2003) by Richard Miniter
The Clinton Wars (2003) by Sidney
The Choice: How Clinton Won (1997)
by Bob Woodward
Based on a massive body of original reporting and
documentation and on hundreds of interviews with firsthand sources,
The Choice is the behind-the-scenes story of President
Bill Clinton and Senate Majority Leader
Bob Dole over the last two years. It is the
personal and political story of how the nation's two top leaders
prepared themselves to square off for the 1996 presidential election.
Never before has political reporting provided voters with so much
authoritative, in-depth information on the candidates before a
presidential election. The Choice sets the stage for the November
5, 1996, election with a study of the contenders in action-- their
decisions, their conversations, their private assessments, their
disappointments, their anger and triumphs, their definitions of
themselves and their evolving understanding of national purpose.
Included in this wide-ranging political history is exclusive new
material on the Republican primary contest; the White House and
congressional budget battles; the top secret Bosnia strategy sessions in
the White House; the influence of Vice
President Albert Gore, Jr., and House Speaker
Newt Gingrich; the role of
political money; the uses of public opinion polling and advertising;
former General Colin Powell's decision not to run; and the strategies of
both campaigns, including Dole's decision to leave the Senate and his
consideration of possible running mates.
Woodward has dug deeply into the personal and political relationship
between Clinton and Dole, revealing their private conversations as these
most tested products of the American system attempt to balance political
gain against the welfare of the country. The Choice is also a
character study of the two men and their wives,
Hillary Rodham Clinton and
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