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The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton

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Publisher Comments:

Joe Klein, best-selling author of Primary Colors and one of our most brilliant political analysts, now tackles the subject he knows best: Bill Clinton.

Astute, even-handed, and keenly intelligent, The Natural is the only book to read if you want to understand exactly what happened — to the military, to the economy, to the American people, to the country — during Bill Clinton's presidency, and how the decisions made during his tenure affect all of us today.

Much has been written about Clinton, but The Natural is the first work to cut through the gossip, scandals, media hype, and emotional turbulence that Clinton always engendered, to step back and rationally analyze the eight years of his tenure, a period during which America rose to unprecedented levels of prosperity. Joe Klein puts that record into perspective, showing us what worked and what didn't, exactly what was accomplished and why, and who was responsible for the successes and the failures.

We see how the Clinton White House functioned on the inside, how it dealt with the maneuvers of Congress and the Gingrich revolution, and who held power and made the decisions during the endless crises that beset the administration. Klein's access to the White House over the years as a journalist gave him a prime spot from which to view every crucial event — both political and personal — and he sets them forth in an insightful, readable, and completely engrossing manner.

The Natural is stern in its criticism and convincing with its praise. It will cause endless debate amongst friends and foes of the Clinton administration. It is a book that anyone interested in contemporary politics, in American history, or in thefunctioning of our democracy, should read.

Joe Klein knew Bill Clinton before the rest of us did. Now he reminds us what we forgot — and what history will remember. The best book yet on an astonishing presidency.

H.W. BRANDS, AUTHOR OF THE FIRST AMERICAN AND T.R.: THE LAST ROMANTIC

Any one of Joe Klein's skills — dogged reporting, a thorough, subtle grasp of issues, and a clear-eyed, compelling style — would make him the envy of most political journalists. By putting all of these skills to work on such a rich subject as Bill Clinton, Klein has produced the first indispensable book on the Clinton Presidency. He has performed the almost impossible task of fighting past the melodramas and sex farces to ask — and answer — the question so often obscured by the larger-than-life Clinton persona: 'What kind of President was this?' Friend or foe of the forty-second President, you will find your judgments challenged by this book.

JEFF GREENFIELD, HOST OF CNN'S GREENFIELD AT LARGE AND AUTHOR OF OH WAITER ONE ORDER OF CROW

When they talk about the first draft of history, this is the epitome of what they mean.

JOSEPH J. ELLIS, AUTHOR OF FOUNDING BROTHERS AND AMERICAN SPHINX

Review:

"Klein's new work stands as a solidly provisional overview of the prismatic Clinton presidency....Klein doesn't stint on caustic appraisals; even so, he emerges as a disappointed, bewildered, but awed Clintonian....[D]ense but tight, funny, adroitly written, and, in sum, the first savvy synthesis of the Clinton Age." William Kennedy, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[Klein] manages to rediscover Clinton and to do so with a remarkable lack of psychobabble....Klein is in equal parts appreciative of Clinton's skills and horrified by his excesses, but above all, he makes readers see that there were no heroes during the Clinton years." Ilene Cooper, Booklist (Starred review)

Review:

"[I]nsightful, often funny...succeeds on every level....There will be numerous books written about Clinton and his presidency, but they will be hard pressed to capture the public and private Clinton as well as this one." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Any one of Joe Klein’s skills — dogged reporting, a thorough, subtle grasp of issues, and a clear-eyed, compelling style — would make him the envy of most political journalists. By putting all of these skills to work on such a rich subject as Bill Clinton, Klein has produced the first indispensable book on the Clinton Presidency. He has performed the almost impossible task of fighting past the melodramas and sex farces to ask — and answer — the question so often obscured by the larger-than-life Clinton persona: 'What kind of President was this?' Friend or foe of the forty-second President, you will find your judgments challenged by this book." Jeff Greenfield, host of CNN's "Greenfield at Large" and author of Oh Waiter! One Order of Crow

Synopsis:

Explores the effects of the Clinton presidency on the American military, economy, and people, and discusses the inner workings of the Clinton White House.

Synopsis:

Joe Klein, best-selling author of Primary Colors and one of our most brilliant political analysts, now tackles the subject he knows best: Bill Clinton. Astute, even-handed, and keenly intelligent, The Natural is the only book to read if you want to understand exactly what happened-to the military, to the economy, to the American people, to the country-during Bill Clintons presidency, and how the decisions made during his tenure affect all of us today.

Much has been written about Clinton, but The Natural is the first work to cut through the gossip, scandals, media hype, and emotional turbulence that Clinton always engendered, to step back and rationally analyze the eight years of his tenure, a period during which America rose to unprecedented levels of prosperity. Joe Klein puts that record into perspective, showing us what worked and what didnt, exactly what was accomplished and why, and who was responsible for the successes and the failures.

We see how the Clinton White House functioned on the inside, how it dealt with the maneuvers of Congress and the Gingrich revolution, and who held power and made the decisions during the endless crises that beset the administration. Kleins access to the White House over the years as a journalist gave him a prime spot from which to view every crucial event-both political and personal-and he sets them forth in an insightful, readable, and completely engrossing manner.

The Natural is stern in its criticism and convincing with its praise. It will cause endless debate amongst friends and foes of the Clinton administration. It is a book that anyone interested in contemporary politics, in American history, or in the functioning of our democracy, should read.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

JOE KLEIN is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of the novels Primary Colors and The Running Mate and two non-fiction books–Woody Guthrie: A life and Payback: Five Marines After Vietnam.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385506960
Subtitle:
The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton
Publisher:
Doubleday
Author:
Klein, Joe
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
History
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Science-Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Political
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Political
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Political Science : Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Science : General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Artists, Architects, Photographe
Subject:
Political Science : Public Affairs & Administration
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Subject:
US History-Clinton, Bill
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2002
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
230

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Biography » Presidents and Heads of State
History and Social Science » Politics » General

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Product details 230 pages Doubleday - English 9780385506960 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Klein's new work stands as a solidly provisional overview of the prismatic Clinton presidency....Klein doesn't stint on caustic appraisals; even so, he emerges as a disappointed, bewildered, but awed Clintonian....[D]ense but tight, funny, adroitly written, and, in sum, the first savvy synthesis of the Clinton Age."
"Review" by , "[Klein] manages to rediscover Clinton and to do so with a remarkable lack of psychobabble....Klein is in equal parts appreciative of Clinton's skills and horrified by his excesses, but above all, he makes readers see that there were no heroes during the Clinton years."
"Review" by , "[I]nsightful, often funny...succeeds on every level....There will be numerous books written about Clinton and his presidency, but they will be hard pressed to capture the public and private Clinton as well as this one."
"Review" by , "Any one of Joe Klein’s skills — dogged reporting, a thorough, subtle grasp of issues, and a clear-eyed, compelling style — would make him the envy of most political journalists. By putting all of these skills to work on such a rich subject as Bill Clinton, Klein has produced the first indispensable book on the Clinton Presidency. He has performed the almost impossible task of fighting past the melodramas and sex farces to ask — and answer — the question so often obscured by the larger-than-life Clinton persona: 'What kind of President was this?' Friend or foe of the forty-second President, you will find your judgments challenged by this book."
"Synopsis" by , Explores the effects of the Clinton presidency on the American military, economy, and people, and discusses the inner workings of the Clinton White House.
"Synopsis" by , Joe Klein, best-selling author of Primary Colors and one of our most brilliant political analysts, now tackles the subject he knows best: Bill Clinton. Astute, even-handed, and keenly intelligent, The Natural is the only book to read if you want to understand exactly what happened-to the military, to the economy, to the American people, to the country-during Bill Clintons presidency, and how the decisions made during his tenure affect all of us today.

Much has been written about Clinton, but The Natural is the first work to cut through the gossip, scandals, media hype, and emotional turbulence that Clinton always engendered, to step back and rationally analyze the eight years of his tenure, a period during which America rose to unprecedented levels of prosperity. Joe Klein puts that record into perspective, showing us what worked and what didnt, exactly what was accomplished and why, and who was responsible for the successes and the failures.

We see how the Clinton White House functioned on the inside, how it dealt with the maneuvers of Congress and the Gingrich revolution, and who held power and made the decisions during the endless crises that beset the administration. Kleins access to the White House over the years as a journalist gave him a prime spot from which to view every crucial event-both political and personal-and he sets them forth in an insightful, readable, and completely engrossing manner.

The Natural is stern in its criticism and convincing with its praise. It will cause endless debate amongst friends and foes of the Clinton administration. It is a book that anyone interested in contemporary politics, in American history, or in the functioning of our democracy, should read.

From the Hardcover edition.

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