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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 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.

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

Review:

"[A] thoughtful assessment of the Clinton presidency in all its glory and infamy....A supremely fascinating look at a 'serious, substantive presidency.' No journalist is better matched to this subject than Klein, and his analysis deserves the wide attention it's bound to get." Kirkus Reviews

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

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 political columnist for Time, formerly a staff writer for The New Yorker, and the author of the novels Primary Colors and The Running Mate, as well as of two nonfiction books - Woody Guthrie: A Life and Payback: Five Marines After Vietnam.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767914123
Author:
Klein, Joe
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
02-4275
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.18x6.54x.55 in. .39 lbs.
Age Level:
The media's perpetual, uninflected and cynical pur

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Product details 240 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767914123 Reviews:
"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."
"Review" by , "[A] thoughtful assessment of the Clinton presidency in all its glory and infamy....A supremely fascinating look at a 'serious, substantive presidency.' No journalist is better matched to this subject than Klein, and his analysis deserves the wide attention it's bound to get."
"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."
"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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