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
24 Reviews
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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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

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User Review  - Dan Bartholomew - Goodreads

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
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)

David Maraniss is the author of critically acclaimed bestselling books on Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi, Vietnam and the sixties, Roberto Clemente, and the 1960 Rome Olympics. He won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Clinton, was part of a Post team that won the 2007 Pulitzer for coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy, and has been a Pulitzer finalist three other times.

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