Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency

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PublicAffairs, Jul 10, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 768 pages
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From best-selling, award-winning biographer Nigel Hamilton, this is an insightful, prodigiously researched, and wonderfully readable account of Bill Clinton's first term in office. It shows how a well-meaning but nave new president failed to assert true leadership in his first two years, and then illustrates how, in an astonishing act of self-reinvention, the president turned defeat into victory. Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency is a gripping tale of hubris and redemption—and a chronicle of one of the most dramatic reversals of fortune in modern American politics.
 

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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

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Page 13 - Profound and powerful forces are shaking and remaking our world, and the urgent question of our time is whether we can make change our friend and not our enemy.
Page 15 - This beautiful Capital, like every capital since the dawn of civilization, is often a place of intrigue and calculation. Powerful people maneuver for position and worry endlessly about who is in and who is out, who is up and who is down, forgetting those people whose toil and sweat sends us here and pays our way.
Page 14 - Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
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Page 14 - Revolution (35) to the Civil War, to the Great Depression, to the Civil Rights movement, our people have always mustered the determination to construct from these crises the pillars of our history.
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Nigel Hamilton is the author of Monty, JFK: Reckless Youth; Bill Clinton: An American Journey, and Biography: A Brief History. He is a Fellow of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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