Bill Clinton: The American Presidents Series: The 42nd by Michael Tomasky,Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.,Sean Wilentz

By Michael Tomasky,Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.,Sean Wilentz

The president of larger-than-life targets and appetites whose time period outlined the United States on the shut of the 20 th century

Bill Clinton: a president of contradictions. He used to be a Rhodes pupil and a Yale legislation institution graduate, yet he used to be additionally a fatherless baby from rural Arkansas. He was once some of the most gifted politicians of his age, yet he encouraged enmity of such depth that his rivals might cease at not anything to smash him. He was once the 1st Democrat seeing that Franklin Roosevelt to win successive presidential elections, yet he used to be additionally the 1st president for the reason that Andrew Johnson to be impeached.

during this incisive biography of America’s forty-second president, Michael Tomasky examines Clinton’s 8 years in workplace, a time frequently defined as certainly one of peace and prosperity, yet actually a time of social and political upheaval, because the tradition wars grew ever extra severe amid the increase of the web (and with it, on-line journalism and blogging); army activities in Somalia, Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo; standoffs at Waco and Ruby Ridge; family terrorism in Oklahoma urban; and the increase of al-Qaeda. It used to be a time while Republicans took keep an eye on of Congress and a land deal long past undesirable changed into a constitutional difficulty, as lurid info of a sitting president’s sexual actions turned the focal point of public debate.

Tomasky’s clear-eyed review of Clinton’s presidency deals a brand new standpoint on what occurred, what all of it intended, and what features proceed to outline American politics to today. in lots of methods, we're nonetheless residing within the Age of Clinton.

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