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Highwire : from the backwoods to the beltway--the education of Bill Clinton /
John Brummett.
1st ed.
New York : Hyperion, c1994.
x, 294 p. ; 25 cm.
0786860464 :
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New York : Hyperion, c1994.
0786860464 :
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Includes index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1994-09-15:
Brummett, who has covered Clinton for 20 years, is the second journalist from the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette to present a fascinating, controversial study of Bill Clinton. He views Clinton's career much more sympathetically than Meredith Oakley (On the Make, LJ 7/94) and, unlike Oakley, relates Clinton's presidency to his performance as a progressive Arkansas governor. Brummett portrays Clinton as precariously balanced on a highwire between public expectations and the limited amount of trust granted to a president who received only 43 percent of the vote. Writing in an informative, entertaining, and insightful style that surpasses Bob Woodward's The Agenda (S.& S., 1994), he describes the president's failures (the economic stimulus bill, gays in the military) and successes (the bipartisan 1993 budget adoption and NAFTA). Clinton's performance has been marred by some ineffective officials, his desire to please everyone, and the omnipresent character issue. However, Bill Clinton may yet reinvent himself into a successful two-term president. The best book to date on Clinton's presidency; highly recommended for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/94.]-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1994-09-19:
Brummett, a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, calls his longtime relationship to former Arkansas governor Bill Clinton one of ``affectionate skepticism,'' yet this gossipy and ultimately unrevealing portrait of the president seems as centrist and equivocal as its subject. In Brummett's scorecard, Clinton looked unpromising in his first year in the White House, hobbled by broken promises, indecisiveness and self-inflicted wounds, but nevertheless managed to rack up a solid record of accomplishments. Brummett endorses Clinton's positioning of himself as a ``new Democrat'' who has attempted to appeal to the middle class by reforming health care, getting tough on crime and pushing through NAFTA. He faults the president for being self-indulgent, reckless, too eager to please and waffling out of commitments, but he believes Clinton can learn from his mistakes. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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A columnist for The Arkansas Democrat Gazette and longtime observer of President Clinton offers a critical analysis of his personality and political style, as seen in his handling--or mishandling--of the issues of his first term.

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