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The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House (Columbia Studies in Political Thought / Political History)by Benjamin Barber
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In 1994 Benjamin R. Barber was invited by President Clinton to participate in a seminar on the future of democratic ideas and ideals. Following their meeting, Barber became an informal consultant to the Clinton White House, working with a president who proved to be an astonishing listener open to a variety of ideas. Barber's experiences were unexpected and enlightening-the most unpredictable being his interactions with the president himself.
Barber's meditation on Bill Clinton's tenure in office offers a balanced and complex portrait of the Clinton administration, especially in its relationship to America's intellectual and scholarly community. Barber also identifies the true faultlines of power that future candidates must negotiate if they are to win an election. For this edition, Barber has written a new afterword reflecting on Clinton's vision problem, his controversial role in shaping today's Democratic Party, and his efforts to confront the challenges of interdependence and terrorism. He concludes with a provocative assessment of Hillary Clinton as a Democratic primary candidate in the battle for the presidency.
Following a visit to Camp David in 1994, Benjamin Barber became an informal consultant to the Clinton White House, working with a president who was an astonishing listener and synthesizer of ideas. Barber's meditation on the truth of power not only offers a balanced and complex portrait of the Clinton administration, above all in its relationship to America's intellectual and scholarly community, but also identifies the faultlines that future progressive candidates must negotiate if they are to be elected. This edition features a new introduction reflecting on Clinton's vision problem and on his role in shaping today's Democratic Party as well as his efforts to confront the challenges of globalization and terrorism. It ends with a provocative assessment of Hillary Clinton as a candidate and prospective president.
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