The Clinton Wars

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 822 pages
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An invaluable history of an extraordinary presidency, and the chronicle of a generation's political odyssey
When in 1997 Bill Clinton appointed Sidney Blumenthal as a senior advisor, the former writer was catapulted into the front lines of the Clinton wars. From his first day in the White House until long after his appearance as the only presidential aide ever to testify in an impeachment trial, Blumenthal acted in or witnessed nearly all the battles of the Clinton years. His major new book--part history, part memoir--is the first inside account we have of the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton.
"The Clinton Wars" begins in 1987, when Blumenthal first met Bill and Hillary Clinton. His chronicle of Clinton's first presidential campaign and first term draws on his experiences as confidant to both the President and the First Lady, and is enriched with previously unpublished revelations about both. This remarkable personal interpretation goes far in explaining the polarizing nature of Clinton's presence on the national scene.
The narrative of Clinton's second term is even more dramatic. Blumenthal takes special note of the battle that was waged within the media between the President's detractors and defenders, which he expands into a vivid picture of Washington society torn apart by warring factions. But he does not neglect the wars fought on other fronts--in Kosovo, against Congress, and for economic prosperity. His remarkable book ends with the inside story of the fight to elect Al Gore in 2000 and extend the legacy of the Clinton-Gore Administration.
Every page of this unrivaled, authoritative book, with its intimate insights into Clinton's personality and politics, attests to Blumenthal's literary skill, profound understanding of politics, and unique perspective on crucial events of our recent past. "The Clinton Wars" is a lasting contribution to American history.

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A border patrol officer, a widow with young children, an entrepreneur with a new baggage-screening device-these are some of the people sketched in this account of "the September 12 era." ... Read full review

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Reading this book has convinced me that Bill Clinton was one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States. I dare anyone to read it and draw a different conclusion. Blumenthal does a ... Read full review

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Sidney Blumenthal wrote for The Washington Post and The New Yorker before serving as assistant and senior advisor to President Clinton from August 1997 until January 2001. He is the author of several books, including The Permanent Campaign, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment, and Pledging Allegiance: The Last Campaign of the Cold War. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife; they have two sons.

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