First In His Class: A Biography Of Bill Clinton

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Simon & Schuster, Feb 8, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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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.

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Both deeply researched and well-written. - Goodreads
A lot of Insights gained. - Goodreads
Meticulously research and balanced. - Goodreads

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To truly understand Clinton, reading Maraniss's account of his youth and pre-presidency is helpful. Similar to his more recent book on Obama, there are details upon details (the author clearly did a lot of research). Read full review

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Remarkably insightful and balanced analysis of one extremely complex dude. Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
Hope and Chance
21
In All His Glory
37
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Born in Detroit, David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post. Maraniss is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author of First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton; Rome 1960: The Olympics that Stirred the World; Barack Obama: The Story; Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero; They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967; and When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, which was hailed by Sports Illustrated as “maybe the best sports biography ever published.” He lives in Washington, DC and Madison, Wisconsin.

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