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The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House


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The definitive account of one of the most accomplished, controversial, and polarizing figures in American history

Bill Clinton is the most arresting leader of his generation. He transformed American politics, and his eight years as president spawned arguments that continue to resonate. For all that has been written about this singular personality–including Clinton’s own massive autobiography–there has been no comprehensive, nonpartisan overview of the Clinton presidency.

Few writers are as qualified and equipped to tackle this vast subject as the award-winning veteran Washington Post correspondent John F. Harris, who covered Clinton for six of his eight years in office–as long as any reporter for a major newspaper. In The Survivor, Harris frames the historical debate about President William Jefferson Clinton, by revealing the inner workings of the Clinton White House and providing the first objective analysis of Clinton’s leadership and its consequences.

Harris shows Clinton entering the Oval Office in 1993 primed to make history. But with the Cold War recently concluded and the country coming off a nearly uninterrupted generation of Republican presidents, the new president’s entry into this maelstrom of events was tumultuous. His troubles were exacerbated by the habits, personal contacts, and the management style, he had developed in his years as governor of Arkansas. Clinton’s enthusiasm and temper were legendary, and he and Hillary Rodham Clinton–whose ambitions and ordeals also fill these pages–arrived filled with mistrust about many of the characters who greeted them in the “permanent Washington” that often holds the reins in the nation’s capital.

Showing surprising doggedness and a deep-set desire to govern from the middle, Clinton repeatedly rose to the challenges; eventually winning over (or running over) political adversaries on both sides of the aisle–sometimes facing as much skepticism from fellow Democrats as from his Republican foes. But as Harris shows in his accounts of political debacles such as the attempted overhaul of health care, Clinton’s frustrations in the war against terrorism, and the numerous personal controversies that time and again threatened to consume his presidency, Bill Clinton could never manage to outrun his tendency to favor conciliation over clarity, or his own destructive appetites.

The Survivor is the best kind of history, a book filled with major revelations–the tense dynamic of the Clinton inner circle and Clinton’s professional symbiosis with Al Gore to the imprint of Clinton’s immense personality on domestic and foreign affairs–as well as the minor details that leaven all great political narratives. This long-awaited synthesis of the dominant themes, events, and personalities of the Clinton years will stand as the authoritative and lasting work on the Clinton Presidency.


Om Bill Clinton f. 1946 og hans 8-rige præsidentperiode i Det Hvide Hus.


A retrospective assessment of the Clinton presidency analyzes the key personal, political, and policy decisions of the administration, assessing Clinton's successes and failures and the long-term implications of his presidency.

About the Author

John F. Harris is a veteran political reporter for The Washington Post who covered the Clinton presidency from 1995 through its conclusion in 2001. His work during these years earned several prestigious awards, including the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Aldo Beckman Award and the Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency from the Gerald R. Ford Library. Additionally, Harris is a panelist on PBS-TV’s Washington Week and appears on numerous other television and radio programs.

Table of Contents

Bells of hope — Beginnings — Crown jewel — High noon — The Clinton style — Faces of Washington — Wager — Partners — Whitewater — Health care — Sea of flames — Flood leads to fortune — "No! no! no! ... — Winter — Underside — Relevance — Balance — Roll every die — Funk — Seeds of triumph — Seeds of disaster — Welfare — Re-elect — Second chance — The quiet year — The sullen year — My kind of guy — Alliance — Unsettled — Trapped — Loyalists — African journey — Survivor — Rock-bottom truth — Age of extremes — Kosovo — Empire State — "Al just needs to be himself — Spring term — Terror — Camp David — Exit — Argument without end.

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Bill Clinton in the White House
Random House
Harris, John F.
Harris, John Furby
Biography & Autobiography-Political
Biography & Autobiography-Presidents & Heads of State
History-United States - General
Biography & Autobiography-Historical - U.S.
Biography & Autobiography : Historical - U.S.
Biography & Autobiography : Presidents & Heads of State
Biography & Autobiography : Political
History : United States - General
Biography & Autobiography : Historical - General
Political Science : Political Process - Leadership
United States - General
Historical - U.S.
Presidents & Heads of State
Political leadership
Politics-United States Politics
US History-Clinton, Bill
US History-General
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