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Bill and Hillary : the politics of the personal /
William H. Chafe.
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1st ed.
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New York : Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2012.
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x, 387 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0809094657 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780809094653 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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New York : Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2012.
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0809094657 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780809094653 (hbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Bill Clinton: the early years -- Hillary Rodham: the early years -- Oxford and the draft: a test of character -- Hillary and Bill at Yale: two destinies intersect -- The Arkansas years, part one: 1973-1980 -- The Arkansas years, part two: 1980-1991 -- "There is a place called Hope" -- The first year -- The health care debacle and the emergence of Kenneth Starr -- Comeback number three -- The roller coaster plummets -- Survival and a new beginning -- What if?
catalogue key
8570760
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-06-15:
For better or worse, the Clinton presidency was a partnership that followed a recurring ebb and flow of Bill and Hillary soaring as a team and then plummeting because of the president's philandering. Chafe (Alice and Mary Baldwin Professor of History, Duke Univ.; The Rise and Fall of the American Century from 1890 to 2008) delves into Bill's and Hillary's childhoods, their courtship as Yale Law School students, and Bill's terms as Arkansas governor, describing how their chosen lives contributed to a rocky marriage/partnership in which Hillary would tolerate Bill's affairs and provide much-needed political organization in return for having an important policymaking voice in Arkansas and later in the White House. Chafe skillfully synthesizes biographies such as Carl Bernstein's A Woman in Charge and David Maraniss's First in His Class to show how the Clintons' problems surfaced when their partnership became unbalanced: a contrite Bill Clinton seeking Hillary's forgiveness would cede too much power to her, with such unfortunate results as "Travelgate," the health-care debacle, and arguments over releasing records for the Whitewater investigation. VERDICT General readers and political junkies will enjoy this reasoned account that concludes with Hillary fulfilling her own political promise as a highly regarded U.S. senator and then secretary of state. [See Prepub Alert, 3/18/12.]-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2012-06-04:
Duke history professor Chafe (The Rise and Fall of the American Century) delivers a superior portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life. Both fiercely ambitious superachievers from dysfunctional families, their personalities were complementary (he charming and brilliant, she disciplined and demanding), and they married; despite her knowledge of Bill's philandering, both "love and calculation" (that she could achieve her own goals by marrying him) underlay her decision. They worked together; Bill's laid-back charm made him reluctant to twist arms, so he often deferred to the far more assertive Hillary. This caused controversy when he was Arkansas governor and threatened disaster when he became president in 1992. Hillary's political missteps doomed a universal health program and, in Chafe's view, contributed to the 1994 Republican midterm landslide. After she took up issues outside the administration, the president rebounded politically. Combining reform with fiscal conservatism, he left office with superb approval ratings, a flourishing economy, and a balanced budget despite crippling ethical and sexual scandals, an impeachment trial, and terrible press relations. A sympathetic if often regretful account of a stormy, occasionally self-destructive political partnership. 8 pages of b&w illus. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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"Chafe . . . delivers a superior portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life." Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An engaging look at the personal relationship behind one of the most powerful political marriages in the nation's history." Booklist "An illuminating glimpse behind the scenes." Kirkus "General readers and political junkies will enjoy this reasoned account." Library Journal "Not since Franklin and Eleanor has a power couple in the White House fascinated the public as much as Bill and Hillary. How did their personal journeysespecially their marriageshape the Clinton years? For those of us who worked with the Clintons, this book, by one of the nation's best historians, brings a keen eye and fresh insights to the intersection of their personalities and their exercise of power." David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and adviser to four U.S. presidents "A fascinating analysis of how Bill and Hillary Clinton's different family backgrounds and complicated marital history shaped their political fortunes. William H. Chafe documents how the personal relationship between these two brilliant but flawed individuals created blind spots and self-defeating behaviors that often undermined their ability to further the political and ethical goals they sincerely supported. Beautifully written." Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s "In this mesmerizing account, one of the most astute historians of our era pulls back the curtain on the struggles and passions of the world's most powerful couple. William H. Chafe takes readers behind the scenes to reveal Bill and Hillary as they have never been seen before." Elaine Tyler May, author of America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation "In electrifying fashion, William H. Chafe reveals that the key to understanding the Clinton presidency is the tortuous relationship between Bill and Hillary. He shows that the First Lady's domination of the president because of his sexual misadventures brought about the failures of his first years in office, but also steeled him to survive subsequent disasters, conspicuously the Monica Lewinsky affair. For any reader seeking to unravel the Byzantine politics of the 1990s, Chafe's book is indispensable." William E. Leuchtenburg, author of In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama "Only a writer as gifted as William H. Chafe could have written this splendid book. In luminous and page-turning prose, Bill and Hillary reveals how two strikingly independent individuals, each the product of difficult beginnings, together changed America and symbolized a new world for women. This is a deeply insightful and warmly empathetic portrait of personal ambition, a complicated marriage, and a powerful political partnership." Alice Kessler-Harris, author of A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
"Chafe...delivers a superior portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life." -- Publishers Weekly , starred review "Not since Franklin and Eleanor has a power couple in the White House fascinated the public as much as Bill and Hillary. How did their personal journeys -- especially their marriage -- shape the Clinton years? For those of us who worked with the Clintons, this book, by one of the nation's best historians, brings a keen eye and fresh insights to the intersection of their personalities and their exercise of power." -- David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and adviser to four U.S. presidents "A fascinating analysis of how Bill and Hillary Clinton's different family backgrounds and complicated marital history shaped their political fortunes. William H. Chafe documents how the personal relationship between these two brilliant but flawed individuals created blind spots and self-defeating behaviors that often undermined their ability to further the political and ethical goals they sincerely supported. Beautifully written." -- Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s "In this mesmerizing account, one of the most astute historians of our era pulls back the curtain on the struggles and passions of the world's most powerful couple. William H. Chafe takes readers behind the scenes to reveal Bill and Hillary as they have never been seen before." -- Elaine Tyler May, author of America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation "In electrifying fashion, William H. Chafe reveals that the key to understanding the Clinton presidency is the tortuous relationship between Bill and Hillary. He shows that the First Lady's domination of the president because of his sexual misadventures brought about the failures of his first years in office, but also steeled him to survive subsequent disasters, conspicuously the Monica Lewinsky affair. For any reader seeking to unravel the Byzantine politics of the 1990s, Chafe's book is indispensable." -- William E. Leuchtenburg, author of In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama "Only a writer as gifted as William H. Chafe could have written this splendid book. In luminous and page-turning prose, Bill and Hillary reveals how two strikingly independent individuals, each the product of difficult beginnings, together changed America and symbolized a new world for women. This is a deeply insightful and warmly empathetic portrait of personal ambition, a complicated marriage, and a powerful political partnership." -- Alice Kessler-Harris, author of A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
Chafe . . . delivers a superior portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life. Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Not since Franklin and Eleanor has a power couple in the White House fascinated the public as much as Bill and Hillary. How did their personal journeysespecially their marriageshape the Clinton years? For those of us who worked with the Clintons, this book, by one of the nation's best historians, brings a keen eye and fresh insights to the intersection of their personalities and their exercise of power." David Gergen , senior political analyst for CNN and adviser to four U.S. presidents "A fascinating analysis of how Bill and Hillary Clinton's different family backgrounds and complicated marital history shaped their political fortunes. William H. Chafe documents how the personal relationship between these two brilliant but flawed individuals created blind spots and self-defeating behaviors that often undermined their ability to further the political and ethical goals they sincerely supported. Beautifully written." Stephanie Coontz , author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s "In this mesmerizing account, one of the most astute historians of our era pulls back the curtain on the struggles and passions of the world's most powerful couple. William H. Chafe takes readers behind the scenes to reveal Bill and Hillary as they have never been seen before." Elaine Tyler May , author of America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation "In electrifying fashion, William H. Chafe reveals that the key to understanding the Clinton presidency is the tortuous relationship between Bill and Hillary. He shows that the First Lady's domination of the president because of his sexual misadventures brought about the failures of his first years in office, but also steeled him to survive subsequent disasters, conspicuously the Monica Lewinsky affair. For any reader seeking to unravel the Byzantine politics of the 1990s, Chafe's book is indispensable." William E. Leuchtenburg , author of In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama "Only a writer as gifted as William H. Chafe could have written this splendid book. In luminous and page-turning prose, Bill and Hillary reveals how two strikingly independent individuals, each the product of difficult beginnings, together changed America and symbolized a new world for women. This is a deeply insightful and warmly empathetic portrait of personal ambition, a complicated marriage, and a powerful political partnership." Alice Kessler-Harris , author of A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
Chafe . . . delivers a superior portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life. Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Not since Franklin and Eleanor has a power couple in the White House fascinated the public as much as Bill and Hillary. How did their personal journeysespecially their marriageshape the Clinton years? For those of us who worked with the Clintons, this book, by one of the nation's best historians, brings a keen eye and fresh insights to the intersection of their personalities and their exercise of power." David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and adviser to four U.S. presidents "A fascinating analysis of how Bill and Hillary Clinton's different family backgrounds and complicated marital history shaped their political fortunes. William H. Chafe documents how the personal relationship between these two brilliant but flawed individuals created blind spots and self-defeating behaviors that often undermined their ability to further the political and ethical goals they sincerely supported. Beautifully written." Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s "In this mesmerizing account, one of the most astute historians of our era pulls back the curtain on the struggles and passions of the world's most powerful couple. William H. Chafe takes readers behind the scenes to reveal Bill and Hillary as they have never been seen before." Elaine Tyler May, author of America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation "In electrifying fashion, William H. Chafe reveals that the key to understanding the Clinton presidency is the tortuous relationship between Bill and Hillary. He shows that the First Lady's domination of the president because of his sexual misadventures brought about the failures of his first years in office, but also steeled him to survive subsequent disasters, conspicuously the Monica Lewinsky affair. For any reader seeking to unravel the Byzantine politics of the 1990s, Chafe's book is indispensable." William E. Leuchtenburg, author of In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama "Only a writer as gifted as William H. Chafe could have written this splendid book. In luminous and page-turning prose, Bill and Hillary reveals how two strikingly independent individuals, each the product of difficult beginnings, together changed America and symbolized a new world for women. This is a deeply insightful and warmly empathetic portrait of personal ambition, a complicated marriage, and a powerful political partnership." Alice Kessler-Harris, author of A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
"Chafe understands, as do too few historians and biographers, that the personal and public lives of political figures cannot be separated...[and he] is quite right to insist that the stories of Bill and Hillary Clinton prove the point." -- Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post "Riveting...Chafe sees clearly what we who were there, chronicling the Clintons in real time..." -- David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe "Chafe...delivers a superior portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life." -- Publishers Weekly , starred review "Not since Franklin and Eleanor has a power couple in the White House fascinated the public as much as Bill and Hillary. How did their personal journeys -- especially their marriage -- shape the Clinton years? For those of us who worked with the Clintons, this book, by one of the nation's best historians, brings a keen eye and fresh insights to the intersection of their personalities and their exercise of power." -- David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and adviser to four U.S. presidents "A fascinating analysis of how Bill and Hillary Clinton's different family backgrounds and complicated marital history shaped their political fortunes. William H. Chafe documents how the personal relationship between these two brilliant but flawed individuals created blind spots and self-defeating behaviors that often undermined their ability to further the political and ethical goals they sincerely supported. Beautifully written." -- Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s "In this mesmerizing account, one of the most astute historians of our era pulls back the curtain on the struggles and passions of the world's most powerful couple. William H. Chafe takes readers behind the scenes to reveal Bill and Hillary as they have never been seen before." -- Elaine Tyler May, author of America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation "In electrifying fashion, William H. Chafe reveals that the key to understanding the Clinton presidency is the tortuous relationship between Bill and Hillary. He shows that the First Lady's domination of the president because of his sexual misadventures brought about the failures of his first years in office, but also steeled him to survive subsequent disasters, conspicuously the Monica Lewinsky affair. For any reader seeking to unravel the Byzantine politics of the 1990s, Chafe's book is indispensable." -- William E. Leuchtenburg, author of In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama "Only a writer as gifted as William H. Chafe could have written this splendid book. In luminous and page-turning prose, Bill and Hillary reveals how two strikingly independent individuals, each the product of difficult beginnings, together changed America and symbolized a new world for women. This is a deeply insightful and warmly empathetic portrait of personal ambition, a complicated marriage, and a powerful political partnership." -- Alice Kessler-Harris, author of A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
"Chafe understands, as do too few historians and biographers, that the personal and public lives of political figures cannot be separated . . . [and he] is quite right to insist that the stories of Bill and Hillary Clinton prove the point." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post "Riveting . . . Chafe sees clearly what we who were there, chronicling the Clintons in real time, missed." David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe "Chafe . . . delivers a superior portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life." Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An engaging look at the personal relationship behind one of the most powerful political marriages in the nation's history." Booklist "An illuminating glimpse behind the scenes." Kirkus "General readers and political junkies will enjoy this reasoned account." Library Journal "Not since Franklin and Eleanor has a power couple in the White House fascinated the public as much as Bill and Hillary. How did their personal journeysespecially their marriageshape the Clinton years? For those of us who worked with the Clintons, this book, by one of the nation's best historians, brings a keen eye and fresh insights to the intersection of their personalities and their exercise of power." David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and adviser to four U.S. presidents "A fascinating analysis of how Bill and Hillary Clinton's different family backgrounds and complicated marital history shaped their political fortunes. William H. Chafe documents how the personal relationship between these two brilliant but flawed individuals created blind spots and self-defeating behaviors that often undermined their ability to further the political and ethical goals they sincerely supported. Beautifully written." Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s "In this mesmerizing account, one of the most astute historians of our era pulls back the curtain on the struggles and passions of the world's most powerful couple. William H. Chafe takes readers behind the scenes to reveal Bill and Hillary as they have never been seen before." Elaine Tyler May, author of America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation "In electrifying fashion, William H. Chafe reveals that the key to understanding the Clinton presidency is the tortuous relationship between Bill and Hillary. He shows that the First Lady's domination of the president because of his sexual misadventures brought about the failures of his first years in office, but also steeled him to survive subsequent disasters, conspicuously the Monica Lewinsky affair. For any reader seeking to unravel the Byzantine politics of the 1990s, Chafe's book is indispensable." William E. Leuchtenburg, author of In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama "Only a writer as gifted as William H. Chafe could have written this splendid book. In luminous and page-turning prose, Bill and Hillary reveals how two strikingly independent individuals, each the product of difficult beginnings, together changed America and symbolized a new world for women. This is a deeply insightful and warmly empathetic portrait of personal ambition, a complicated marriage, and a powerful political partnership." Alice Kessler-Harris, author of A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
"Chafe understands, as do too few historians and biographers, that the personal and public lives of political figures cannot be separated . . . [and he] is quite right to insist that the stories of Bill and Hillary Clinton prove the point." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post "Riveting . . . Chafe sees clearly what we who were there, chronicling the Clintons in real time, missed." David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe "The strength of this book lies in Chafe's reconstruction of the Clinton's early lives and the way their connection affected the decisions Bill Clinton made as Governor of Arkansas and as President . . . [ Bill and Hillary is] a welcome reminder of the great promise that the Clinton "co-presidency" initially held, and of the attributes, from Clinton's intellect to his willingness to engage on racial issues and his ability to connect with people, that made those of us who saw him sworn in truly believe, for a time, in 'a place called Hope.'" The Toronto Star "Chafe . . . delivers a superior portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life." Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An engaging look at the personal relationship behind one of the most powerful political marriages in the nation's history." Booklist "An illuminating glimpse behind the scenes." Kirkus "General readers and political junkies will enjoy this reasoned account." Library Journal "Not since Franklin and Eleanor has a power couple in the White House fascinated the public as much as Bill and Hillary. How did their personal journeysespecially their marriageshape the Clinton years? For those of us who worked with the Clintons, this book, by one of the nation's best historians, brings a keen eye and fresh insights to the intersection of their personalities and their exercise of power." David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and adviser to four U.S. presidents "A fascinating analysis of how Bill and Hillary Clinton's different family backgrounds and complicated marital history shaped their political fortunes. William H. Chafe documents how the personal relationship between these two brilliant but flawed individuals created blind spots and self-defeating behaviors that often undermined their ability to further the political and ethical goals they sincerely supported. Beautifully written." Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s "In this mesmerizing account, one of the most astute historians of our era pulls back the curtain on the struggles and passions of the world's most powerful couple. William H. Chafe takes readers behind the scenes to reveal Bill and Hillary as they have never been seen before." Elaine Tyler May, author of America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation "In electrifying fashion, William H. Chafe reveals that the key to understanding the Clinton presidency is the tortuous relationship between Bill and Hillary. He shows that the First Lady's domination of the president because of his sexual misadventures brought about the failures of his first years in office, but also steeled him to survive subsequent disasters, conspicuously the Monica Lewinsky affair. For any reader seeking to unravel the Byzantine politics of the 1990s, Chafe's book is indispensable." William E. Leuchtenburg, author of In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama "Only a writer as gifted as William H. Chafe could have written this splendid book. In luminous and page-turning prose, Bill and Hillary reveals how two strikingly independent individuals, each the product of difficult beginnings, together changed America and symbolized a new world for women. This is a deeply insightful and warmly empathetic portrait of personal ambition, a complicated marriage, and a powerful political partnership." Alice Kessler-Harris, author of A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
"Riveting . . . Chafe sees clearly what we who were there, chronicling the Clintons in real time, missed." David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe "Chafe . . . delivers a superior portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life." Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An engaging look at the personal relationship behind one of the most powerful political marriages in the nation's history." Booklist "An illuminating glimpse behind the scenes." Kirkus "General readers and political junkies will enjoy this reasoned account." Library Journal "Not since Franklin and Eleanor has a power couple in the White House fascinated the public as much as Bill and Hillary. How did their personal journeysespecially their marriageshape the Clinton years? For those of us who worked with the Clintons, this book, by one of the nation's best historians, brings a keen eye and fresh insights to the intersection of their personalities and their exercise of power." David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and adviser to four U.S. presidents "A fascinating analysis of how Bill and Hillary Clinton's different family backgrounds and complicated marital history shaped their political fortunes. William H. Chafe documents how the personal relationship between these two brilliant but flawed individuals created blind spots and self-defeating behaviors that often undermined their ability to further the political and ethical goals they sincerely supported. Beautifully written." Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s "In this mesmerizing account, one of the most astute historians of our era pulls back the curtain on the struggles and passions of the world's most powerful couple. William H. Chafe takes readers behind the scenes to reveal Bill and Hillary as they have never been seen before." Elaine Tyler May, author of America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation "In electrifying fashion, William H. Chafe reveals that the key to understanding the Clinton presidency is the tortuous relationship between Bill and Hillary. He shows that the First Lady's domination of the president because of his sexual misadventures brought about the failures of his first years in office, but also steeled him to survive subsequent disasters, conspicuously the Monica Lewinsky affair. For any reader seeking to unravel the Byzantine politics of the 1990s, Chafe's book is indispensable." William E. Leuchtenburg, author of In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama "Only a writer as gifted as William H. Chafe could have written this splendid book. In luminous and page-turning prose, Bill and Hillary reveals how two strikingly independent individuals, each the product of difficult beginnings, together changed America and symbolized a new world for women. This is a deeply insightful and warmly empathetic portrait of personal ambition, a complicated marriage, and a powerful political partnership." Alice Kessler-Harris, author of A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Full of insights about health care, Kenneth Starr, and welfare reform, 'Bill and Hillary' gives texture and depth to the Clintons' lives, including the extent to which the Lewinsky scandal finally freed Hillary to become a politician in her own right and return to the consensus reformer she had been in college and law school.
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That the personal is political is a well-worn adage, but it takes on new meaning when examining not one politician but two-specifically, Bill and Hillary Clinton, whose commitment to each other has shaped their careers. From Duke history professor Chafe.
Main Description
In Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal , the distinguished historian William H. Chafe boldly argues that the trajectory of the Clintons' political lives can be understood only through the prism of their personal relationship. Each experienced a difficult childhood. Bill had an abusive stepfather, and his mother was in denial about the family's pathology. He believed that his success as a public servant would redeem the family. Hillary grew up with an autocratic father and a self-sacrificing mother whose most important lesson for her daughter was the necessity of family togetherness. As an adolescent, Hillary's encounter with her youth minister helped set her moral compass on issues of race and social justice. From the day they first met at Yale Law School, Bill and Hillary were inseparable, even though their relationship was inherently volatile. The personal dynamic between them would go on to determine their political fates. Hillary was instrumental in Bill's triumphs as Arkansas's governor and saved his presidential candidacy in 1992 by standing with him during the Gennifer Flowers sex scandal. He responded by delegating to her powers that no other First Lady had ever exercised. Always tempestuous, their relationship had as many lows as it did highs, from near divorce to stunning electoral and political successes. Chafe's many insightsinto subjects such as health care, Kenneth Starr, welfare reform, and the extent to which the Lewinsky scandal finally freed Hillary to become a politician in her own right and return to the consensus reformer she had been in college and law schooladd texture and depth to our understanding of the Clintons' experience together. The latest book from one of our preeminent historians, Bill and Hillary is the definitive account of the Clintons' relationship and its far-reaching impact on American political life.
Main Description
In Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal , the distinguished historian William H. Chafe boldly argues that the trajectory of the Clintons' political lives can be understood only through the prism of their personal relationship. Each experienced a difficult childhood. Bill had an abusive stepfather, and his mother was in denial about the family's pathology. He believed that his success as a public servant would redeem the family. Hillary grew up with an autocratic father and a self-sacrificing mother whose most importantlesson for her daughter was the necessity of family togetherness. As an adolescent, Hillary's encounter with her youth minister helped set her moral compass on issues of race and social justice.From the day they first met at Yale Law School, Bill and Hillary were inseparable, even though their relationship was inherently volatile. The personal dynamic between them would go on to determine their political fates. Hillary was instrumental in Bill's triumphs as Arkansas's governor and saved his presidential candidacy in 1992 by standing with him during the Gennifer Flowers sex scandal. He responded by delegating to her powers that no other First Lady had ever exercised. Always tempestuous, their relationship had as many lows as it did highs, from near divorce to stunning electoral and political successes.Chafe's many insights-into subjects such as health care, Kenneth Starr, welfare reform, and the extent to which the Lewinsky scandal finally freed Hillary to become a politician in her own right and return to the consensus reformer she had been in college and law school-add texture and depth to our understanding of the Clintons' experience together. The latest book from one of our preeminent historians, Bill and Hillary is the definitive account of the Clintons' relationship and its far-reaching impact on American political life.
Main Description
In Private Lives/Public Consequences and in Never Stop Running , his critically acclaimed biography of Allard Lowenstein, William H. Chafe has written powerfully about the relationship between personality and politics. Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal represents the culmination of this approach to political history. Having written widely on civil rights and women's history, Chafe brings the themes of all his scholarship together in this book about the Clintons' "co-presidency," two people committed to both sex and race equality. From the beginning, Chafe argues, the personal chemistry between the Clintons shaped definitively their political careers. She was instrumental in his triumphs as Arkansas governor and "saved" his presidential candidacy by standing with him during the Gennifer Flowers sex scandal. He responded by delegating presidential powers to her that no other First Lady had ever exercised. Often tempestuous, their relationship had as many lows as it did highs, but the trajectory of the Clintons' political lives can only be understood through the prism of their personal relationship. Full of insights about health care, Kenneth Starr, and welfare reform, Bill and Hillary gives texture and depth to the Clintons' lives, including the extent to which the Lewinsky scandal finally freed Hillary to become a politician in her own right and return to the consensus reformer she had been in college and law school.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 3
Bill Clinton: The Early Yearsp. 5
Hillary Rodham: The Early Yearsp. 33
Oxford and the Draft: A Test of Characterp. 47
Hillary and Bill at Yale: Two Destinies Intersectp. 64
The Arkansas Years, Part One: 1973-80p. 84
The Arkansas Years, Part Two: 1980-91p. 111
"There Is a Place Called Hope"p. 134
The First Yearp. 164
The Health Care Debacle and the Emergence of Kenneth Starrp. 205
Comeback Number Threep. 233
The Roller Coaster Plummetsp. 268
Survival-and a New Beginningp. 300
What If?p. 324
Epiloguep. 339
Notesp. 345
A Note on Sourcesp. 367
Acknowledgmentsp. 369
Indexp. 371
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