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A biography of the life and political career of president clinton

Dec 21, 2010 John rated it it was amazing I really tore through this, it was fascinating and readable and I highly recommend it.

Early life and career of Bill Clinton

It really seems like Bill was shooting for the presidency from about age twelve. He seems to have been sorta like Lyndon Johnson; from what I gathered from reading this and a bio of LBJ, both of these guys were born to be politicians, always working the room and keeping tabs on people and figuring out how they are going to run the next campaign. One bonus about this book is that it also serves as a partial bio I really tore through this, it was fascinating and readable and I highly recommend it.

One bonus about this book is that it also serves as a partial biography of Hillary though obviously there isn't as much about her as there is about Bill. This was written in the mid 90s, and Maraniss writes several times about how people thought Hillary could have had just as successful a political career as Bill, and how she was a better law professor and maybe even a better student, but she sacrificed some independence and moved to Arkansas and attached herself to him.

Of course today we know that she would become Senator Clinton and Secretary of State Clinton and almost President Clinton herself, but back then she seemed to have made the decision that it would be all about Bill and his rise. This biography was published in 1995 and covers Clinton's life up to his Presidential campaign announcement in 1991.

  • Record numbers of people it seemed didn't like either candidate but in the rural areas that I drove through it was far worse for Hillary;
  • Many of the self-inflicted problems that Bill and Hillary created later in their careers are foreshadowed in this book;
  • If you consider Bill and Hillary as a package as many Americans do, then I think this book at least hints at some of these feelings that have been there for decades, rightly or wrongly;
  • She left her son in Hope with her parents Eldridge and Edith Cassidy, who owned and ran a small grocery store;
  • One bonus about this book is that it also serves as a partial bio I really tore through this, it was fascinating and readable and I highly recommend it;
  • At the time, the Governor and Attorney General served only two-year terms.

If you want a better understanding of the genesis of Bill Clinton as an intellectual and a politician, along with all the warts, then this is a fascinating book. I would break down the book as follows: An early father-less childhood raised by a praise-heaping mother Virginia w An excellent objective biography of Bill Clinton from the Pulitzer Prize Winning author David Maraniss.

An early father-less childhood raised by a praise-heaping mother Virginia with problems and loving grandparents and then eventually a troubled and alcoholic step-father. An ambitious, brilliant and politically motivated teenager elected as one of two Arkansas Boy's State Senators who then traveled to Washington D. A well liked Georgetown college student who stayed very active in politics and worked in the back office of congressional offices 4.

  • Record numbers of people it seemed didn't like either candidate but in the rural areas that I drove through it was far worse for Hillary;
  • But there were many prescient episodes of tone deafness on her part as well;
  • Had he not decided to study law, he may have never met Hillary at Yale.

Ongoing maneuvers and connections that allowed him to evade the Vietnam War draft. This section coincided with his time as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and his travels throughout Europe including Russia.

Yale Law School student where he met Hillary.

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An early law school faculty position in Fayatteville and then marriage to Hillary. An attorney general position and first governorship and Hillary's involvement in commodities trading, Whitewater deals etc.

First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton

Increasing concern about his sexual dalliances. More campaigning and then highly popular terms as a second go-around governor. A rise to national prominence where he passed on a run for the presidency in 1988 due to the recent sexual allegations. Polling and decision to run for President in 1992. The writing in this book was highly prescient.

Many of the self-inflicted problems that Bill and Hillary created later in their careers are foreshadowed in this book. Bill's sexual liaisons foreshadowed the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

  1. In the fall of 2016 during the last days of the campaign, I heard a lot of comments from those people that I grew up with in Michigan that there weren't any good candidates.
  2. There, he was an active student leader, an avid reader, and a musician.
  3. The second moment he has identified was watching Martin Luther King Jr.
  4. Sometime in my sixteenth year, I decided I wanted to be in public life as an elected official.

Bill's lack of interest outside of politics and general boredom but unbridled energy, Hillary's financial insecurities, their joint desire to make huge impacts on the world were all there long before the Clinton Foundation. Also on display later in the book were many of Hillary's positive attributes; hard work, dogged determination, perseverance in spite of the double standards.

  1. If you consider Bill and Hillary as a package as many Americans do, then I think this book at least hints at some of these feelings that have been there for decades, rightly or wrongly. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011.
  2. A well liked Georgetown college student who stayed very active in politics and worked in the back office of congressional offices 4. In the fall of 2016 during the last days of the campaign, I heard a lot of comments from those people that I grew up with in Michigan that there weren't any good candidates.
  3. He seems to have been sorta like Lyndon Johnson; from what I gathered from reading this and a bio of LBJ, both of these guys were born to be politicians, always working the room and keeping tabs on people and figuring out how they are going to run the next campaign. They moved to Arkansas, where Clinton began to pursue a career in politics by running for and eventually being elected to the position of Attorney General of Arkansas.

But there were many prescient episodes of tone deafness on her part as well. In the fall of 2016 during the last days of the campaign, I heard a lot of comments from those people that I grew up with in Michigan that there weren't any good candidates. As I made the drive along the backroads from the U. Record numbers of people it seemed didn't like either candidate but in the rural areas that I drove through it was far worse for Hillary. If you consider Bill and Hillary as a package as many Americans do, then I think this book at least hints at some of these feelings that have been there for decades, rightly or wrongly.