Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency

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PublicAffairs, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 766 pages
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A decade-and-a-half after President William Jefferson Clinton first took the oath of office, biographer Nigel Hamilton tells the riveting story of what was possibly the greatest self-reinvention of a president in office in modern times. The Clinton presidency began disastrously—kicking off with the worst transition in living memory and deteriorating through a series of fiascos, from gays in the military to Hillary Clinton's failed health care reform.  How Bill Clinton faced up to his failures and refashioned himself in the White House thereafter is an epic, hitherto unwritten story—a story that climaxes with the trouncing  of Bob Dole in the landslide presidential election in 1996. Clinton began his second term as the undisputed and tremendously popular leader of the Western world.   In vivid prose, Hamilton charts Clinton's dramatic reversal of fortune and his ultimate triumph over himself—and his foes. Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency is a riveting narrative of American politics, an incisive character portrait, and powerful reminder of what a  great president can accomplish.

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User Review  - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing

This is a cracking book. I complained at the end of ,'An American Journey', that Mr. Hamilton had pursued the sexual scandals too far: this was not a mistake that continued into this book. Hamilton ... Read full review

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Although it is not Nigel Hamilton's fault, his Clinton biography suffers from the fact that there is a limit to the kind of sources a researcher has access to. Most of the story's key characters have ... Read full review


Chapter One Inauguration
Chapter Two Investment or Deficit Reduction?
Chapter Three A Perilous Transition

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Nigel Hamilton is the author of Monty, an award-winning three-volume biography of World War II commander Bernard Montgomery, of JFK: Reckless Youth, a bestselling narrative of the early life President John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton: An American Journey. He is a Fellow of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston.

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