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A complicated man [electronic resource] : the life of Bill Clinton as told by those who know him /
Michael Takiff.
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2010.
description
xi, 496 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
030012130X (cloth : alk. paper), 9780300121308 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2010.
isbn
030012130X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780300121308 (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
pt. I. Local hero, 1946-1987. Small town boy: Hope, Arkansas -- A big city (pop. 29,397): Hot Springs -- Positive, positive, positive, positive: Georgetown -- Man of the world: Oxford and Yale -- On the move: an Arkansas politician -- Too much, too soon, too bad: rookie governor -- Out of the woodshed: exile and return -- Busy, busy, busy: governor again -- Comfort level: Bill and Black Arkansas -- Not bad, but...: potential unfulfilled -- pt. II. Rising star, 1987-1992. National Democrat: moving toward the White House -- Going for it: candidate -- Near-death experience: New Hampshire, 1992 -- All roads lead to Madison Square Garden: nominee -- A bubba, not a bozo: President-elect -- pt. III. Stumble, 1993-1994. Not an admiral: transition -- Bedlam at birth: getting started -- Bill asks, Colin tells: the President, the gays, the military -- New kid in town: permanent Washington greets the Clintons -- Debt on arrival: recharting an economic course -- A casino for Jesus: the budget bill -- The Yanks are coming: navigating a post-Cold War world -- Trade war: passing NAFTA -- Heroic measures: the fight to reform health care -- Stand-up guys: Bill, Boris, Jiang, Fidel -- Action, inaction: Somalia and Rwanda -- No way to run a railroad: fixing a dysfunctional White House -- From humiliation to celebration: Haiti -- Picturing peace: the Oslo signing -- Something is rotten in the State of Arkansas: Whitewater, the scandal begins -- Golfing with Willie Mays: Bill among friends -- Rebuke: the 1994 midterm election --
pt. IV. Recovery, 1995-1996. Picking up the pieces: the aftermath -- Relevant: Newt versus Clinton -- Pastor to the nation: Oklahoma City -- End of an era: the road back -- This town ain't big enough: shutdown showdown -- Shalom, chaver: the death of Yitzhak Rabin -- I'll show you mine if...: the big mistake -- A commander in chief (finally) commands: Bosnia, solved -- Ballot-box missionary: Irish troubles, Irish votes -- A deal with the devil? Ending welfare as we know it -- Slippery or steadfast? Shapeshifter -- Piece of cake: reelection -- pt. 5. Humiliation, 1997-2000. Reckless, stupid, human: wasting a precious gift -- Big bucks bedroom: scandal of the year, 1997 -- Nailed! Linda and Lucianne -- Pants on fire: the Jones deposition -- The bombshell wears a beret: enter Monica -- Scandal? What scandal? Compartmentalization -- The puritan and the pol: Starr versus Clinton -- Respite: a tour of Africa -- Today's word is 'is': the Grand Jury -- Speech defect: an unapologetic apology -- Sine qua non: Ulster's peacemaker -- Softcore: the Starr report -- For mature audiences only: a committee, a TV show -- DeLayed reaction: the midterms and the Majority Whip -- Impeach the rapist! Fifty boxes, four articles -- Amazing: a speech in Gaza -- Bad guys: going after Bin Laden and Saddam -- The hypocrisy police: Bob Livingston, porn star -- It's official: impeached -- It's about sex: the trial -- Seventy-eight days: Kosovo -- Down to the wire: Camp David and the Clinton ideas -- In denial: Bill Clinton and the election of 2000 -- Citizen Clinton, 2001- . Parting shots: leaving the White House -- Convening power: the Clinton Foundation -- Chasing a buck: making multimillions multinationally -- Bill in a China shop: Hillary for President, 2008 -- Unintended consequences: Clinton-era deregulation and the financial crisis of 2008-2009 -- Envoy: a visit to North Korea -- And now? The future of Bill Clinton -- Closing argument.
abstract
Though Bill Clinton has been out of office since 2001, public fascination with him continues unabated. Many books about Clinton have been published in recent years, but no single-volume biography covers the full scope of Clinton's life from the cradle to the present day; and books on Clinton have tended to be highly polarized, casting the former president in an overly positive or negative light. In this, the first complete oral history of Clinton's life, historian Michael Takiff presents the first truly balanced book on one of our nation's most controversial and fascinating presidents. Through more than 150 chronologically arranged interviews with key figures including Bob Dole, James Carville, and Tom Brokaw, among many others, this book goes far beyond the well-worn party-line territory to capture the larger-than-life essence of Clinton the man.--From publisher description.
catalogue key
9760494
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-09-15:
Former President Clinton has become an admired elder statesman of the Democratic Party. Takiff's (Brave Men, Gentle Heroes: American Fathers and Sons in World War II and Vietnam) excellent oral history, which includes 171 interviews with people who worked with Clinton and admired or hated him, helps reveal the many sides of this controversial leader. All aspects of Clinton's life and political career-from his challenging childhood, terms as Arkansas governor, turbulent presidency, and the sex scandals that nearly drove him from office to his postpresidential humanitarian efforts in Africa and Haiti-receive evenhanded treatment. Although most of the interviews contain more favorable than negative views, remarks abound like former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey's that Clinton "was the most successful adolescent I've ever known." -VERDICT This lively first-person draft of history will grab and keep the attention of readers fascinated or infuriated by Clinton, especially those who enjoyed Taylor Branch's The Clinton Tapes.-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Township Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A valuable document. . . [and] also timely. . . . [ A Complicated Man ] is fair and balanced. . . . When dealing with someone as inspiring and infuriating as the 42nd president, that is no small feat." Christian Science Monitor
"A valuable document. . . [and] also timely. . . . [ A Complicated Man ] is fair and balanced. . . . When dealing with someone as inspiring and infuriating as the 42nd president, that is no small feat."-- Christian Science Monitor
"A valuable document. . . [and] also timely. . . . [A Complicated Man] is fair and balanced. . . . When dealing with someone as inspiring and infuriating as the 42nd president, that is no small feat."--Christian Science Monitor
"Packed with fascinating personal perspective and testimony, Michael Takiff''s A Complicated Man wholly justifies its title. The book is far more than a kaleidoscopic oral biography of President Bill Clinton. Aspect by aspect, it guides us through the struggles of postmodern America, as the most ambitious baby boomer of his generation seeks to modernize the Democratic Partyand, as in a Greek drama, is fated to be destroyed. Veritably, an all-American saga, with a cast of thousandsfavorable and unfavorable."Nigel Hamilton, author of American Caesars: Lives of the Presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush
"Packed with fascinating personal perspective and testimony, Michael Takiff''sA Complicated Manwholly justifies its title. The book is far more than a kaleidoscopic oral biography of President Bill Clinton. Aspect by aspect, it guides us through the struggles of postmodern America, as the most ambitious baby boomer of his generation seeks to modernize the Democratic Partyand, as in a Greek drama, is fated to be destroyed. Veritably, an all-American saga, with a cast of thousandsfavorable and unfavorable."Nigel Hamilton, author ofAmerican Caesars: Lives of the Presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush
"Photographs enhance this astonishing look at a very complicated man indeed. Even readers who have glutted themselves on other Clinton books will enjoy the intimate feel of this one."--Booklist, starred review
"Takiff claims a certain objectivity and points to the fact that he interviewed 171 people who had commerce with Clinton."Dave Wood, Anoka County Union
"There is a tradition of solid oral history books on Presidents and the Presidency, but nothing comes close to Michael Takiff's A Complicated Man . This is one of the best efforts on Clinton's life in years, and it is the best oral history book ever written about a President of the United States."Anthony Bergen, Dead Presidents Blog
"This book is perfectly titled. Bill Clinton was and is, indeed, ''a complicated man,'' one of the three greatest natural politicians among twentieth-century presidents, along with FDR and LBJ, but also strangely flawed. These testimonies by people who knew him well throughout his life and career delve into both the strengths and weaknesses of this fascinating figure."John Milton Cooper, author of The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt
"This book is perfectly titled. Bill Clinton was and is, indeed, ''a complicated man,'' one of the three greatest natural politicians among twentieth-century presidents, along with FDR and LBJ, but also strangely flawed. These testimonies by people who knew him well throughout his life and career delve into both the strengths and weaknesses of this fascinating figure."John Milton Cooper, author ofThe Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt
"This is an ambitious and impressive work. Takiff has taken on a daunting subject and done very well with it."-Lewis L. Gould, University of Texas at Austin
"This is an ambitious and impressive work. Takiff has taken on a daunting subject and done very well with it."Lewis L. Gould, University of Texas at Austin
�This is an ambitious and impressive work. Takiff has taken on a daunting subject and done very well with it.��Lewis L. Gould, University of Texas at Austin
"This volume is an outstanding accomplishment. The Clinton that emerges is remarkably rich and three-dimensional: a protean and mercurial figure as likely to dazzle as he is to disappo∫ his own worst enemy and his own best resource; a man of extraordinarily intense emotional need and extraordinarily impressive intellect and commitment. A historic contribution to the biographical record which will stand for generations."Rick Perlstein, author ofNixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
"What Takiff delivers is an astonishing collection of 171 interviews, collectively offering an intimate portrait of former president Bill Clinton." Booklist, A Top 10 Biography of 2011
Won Honorable Mention in 2011 New York Book Festival in the Biography/Autobiography
"This volume is an outstanding accomplishment. The Clinton that emerges is remarkably rich and three-dimensional: a protean and mercurial figure as likely to dazzle as he is to disappo∫ his own worst enemy and his own best resource; a man of extraordinarily intense emotional need and extraordinarily impressive intellect and commitment. A historic contribution to the biographical record which will stand for generations."Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
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Though Bill Clinton has been out of office since 2001, public fascination with him continues unabated. Many books about Clinton have been published in recent years, but no single-volume biography covers the full scope of Clinton's life from the cradle to the present day; and books on Clinton have tended to be highly polarized, casting the former president in an overly positive or negative light. In this, the first complete oral history of Clinton's life, historian Michael Takiff presents the first truly balanced book on one of our nation's most controversial and fascinating presidents. Through more than 150 chronologically arranged interviews with key figures including Bob Dole, James Carville, and Tom Brokaw, among many others, this book goes far beyond the well-worn party-line territory to capture the larger-than-life essence of Clinton the man.--From publisher description.
Main Description
Though Bill Clinton has been out of office since 2001, public fascination with him continues unabated. Many books about Clinton have been published in recent years, but shockingly, no single-volume biography covers the full scope of Clinton's life from the cradle to the present day, not even Clinton's own account,My Life. More troubling still, books on Clinton have tended to be highly polarized, casting the former president in an overly positive or negative light. In this, the first complete oral history of Clinton's life, historian Michael Takiff presents the first truly balanced book on one of our nation's most controversial and fascinating presidents. Through more than 150 chronologically arranged interviews with key figures including Bob Dole, James Carville, and Tom Brokaw, among many others,A Complicated Mangoes far beyond the well-worn party-line territory to capture the larger-than-life essence of Clinton the man. With the tremendous attention given to the Lewinsky scandal, it is easy to overlook the president's humble upbringing, as well as his many achievements at home and abroad: the longest economic boom in American history, a balanced budget, successful intervention in the Balkans, and a series of landmark, if controversial, free-trade agreements. Through the candid recollections of Takiff's many subjects,A Complicated Manleaves no area unexplored, revealing the most complete and unexpected portrait of our forty-second president published to date.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Michael Takiff presents the first truly balanced book on one America's most controversial and fascinating presidents.
Main Description
In the first complete oral history of Bill Clinton's life, historian Takiff presents a truly balanced book about one of the nation's most controversial and fascinating presidents.
Main Description
Though Bill Clinton has been out of office since 2001, public fascination with him continues unabated. Many books about Clinton have been published in recent years, but shockingly, no single-volume biography covers the full scope of Clinton's life from the cradle to the present day, not even Clinton's own account, My Life . More troubling still, books on Clinton have tended to be highly polarized, casting the former president in an overly positive or negative light. In this, the first complete oral history of Clinton's life, historian Michael Takiff presents the first truly balanced book on one of our nation's most controversial and fascinating presidents. Through more than 150 chronologically arranged interviews with key figures including Bob Dole, James Carville, and Tom Brokaw, among many others, A Complicated Man goes far beyond the well-worn party-line territory to capture the larger-than-life essence of Clinton the man. With the tremendous attention given to the Lewinsky scandal, it is easy to overlook the president's humble upbringing, as well as his many achievements at home and abroad: the longest economic boom in American history, a balanced budget, successful intervention in the Balkans, and a series of landmark, if controversial, free-trade agreements. Through the candid recollections of Takiff's many subjects, A Complicated Man leaves no area unexplored, revealing the most complete and unexpected portrait of our forty-second president published to date.

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