First In His Class: A Biography Of Bill Clinton (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - 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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Review: First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton

User Review  - Chris Appel - Goodreads

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

Review: First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton

User Review  - Joe Federici - Goodreads

Top book. Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
Hope and Chance
21
In All His Glory
37
The Road Ahead
50
He Was on Fire
69
The Back Room Boys
83
All Hell Broke Loose
96
The Great Escape
122
The Grand Tour
206
Law and Politics at Yale
225
Rodham and Clinton
246
Texas Days
265
Home Again
287
And Not to Yield
307
Running with the Boy
319
GovernorinWaiting
339

The Dreaming Spires
131
Feeling the Draft
149
The Torment
167
The Lucky Number
185
Contents
358
Notes
465
Bibliography
499
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About the author (2008)

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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