The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton

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Broadway Books, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 230 pages
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Joe Klein, best-selling author of Primary Colors and one of our most brilliant political analysts, now tackles the subject he knows best: Bill Clinton. Astute, even-handed, and keenly intelligent, The Natural is the only book to read if you want to understand exactly what happened–to the military, to the economy, to the American people, to the country–during Bill Clinton’s presidency, and how the decisions made during his tenure affect all of us today.

Much has been written about Clinton, but The Natural is the first work to cut through the gossip, scandals, media hype, and emotional turbulence that Clinton always engendered, to step back and rationally analyze the eight years of his tenure, a period during which America rose to unprecedented levels of prosperity. Joe Klein puts that record into perspective, showing us what worked and what didn’t, exactly what was accomplished and why, and who was responsible for the successes and the failures.

We see how the Clinton White House functioned on the inside, how it dealt with the maneuvers of Congress and the Gingrich revolution, and who held power and made the decisions during the endless crises that beset the administration. Klein’s access to the White House over the years as a journalist gave him a prime spot from which to view every crucial event–both political and personal–and he sets them forth in an insightful, readable, and completely engrossing manner.

The Natural is stern in its criticism and convincing with its praise. It will cause endless debate amongst friends and foes of the Clinton administration. It is a book that anyone interested in contemporary politics, in American history, or in the functioning of our democracy, should read.


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User Review  - LordHarris - LibraryThing

I certainly enjoyed this small book by Mr Klein. It is an interesting perspective of Clinton and his policy achievements, enjoyable because he writes objectively, from outside the direct partisan ... Read full review

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A brief look at the comples individual who is Bill Clinton and his two administrations. After all is said and done he was a fighter for the little guy. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
23
Section 3
44
Section 4
64
Section 5
85
Section 6
113
Section 7
131
Section 8
162
Section 9
186
Section 10
219
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About the author (2003)

JOE KLEIN is a political columnist for Time, formerly a staff writer for The New Yorker, and the author of the novels Primary Colors and The Running Mate, as well as of two nonfiction books – Woody Guthrie: A Life and Payback: Five Marines After Vietnam.

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