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My Life by Bill Clinton (2004, Abridged,  Compact Disc)

My Life by Bill Clinton (2004, Abridged, Compact Disc)

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MY LIFE Bill Clinton - Read by the Author 6 compact discs, Approx. 6-1/2 hours Detailed item infoSynopsisInthis much-anticipated presidential autobiography, the 42nd president ofthe United States reveals, for the first time and in his own words, howhe sees his life and career. MY LIFE is a 900+-page work that isambitious in scope, yet very conversational in tone. Clinton speaksfondly of his early years in Hope, Arkansas, crediting his mother andhis stepfather (whose last name the former William Jefferson Blytheadopted) for setting him off on the right path. Yet he does not shaveoff the darker side, including the untimely death of his birth fatherin a ditch by the side of the road months before Bill was born. Clintonrecalls, it seems, nearly every event in his political life, big andsmall, as well as every person, big and small, who ever worked withhim--or against him--from Arkansas to the White House. There is a grandsweep to MY LIFE, and policy wonks and scandal mongers alike shouldfind enough in here to please. Clinton reviews just about everythingthat was on his calendar, but he makes sure, also, to reflect on thoseevents. He assesses his major accomplishments, which include his recordon the economy and his intervention in Serbia. He also shares hisregrets on both the health-care issue and his failed attempt to brokera final, enduring peace in the Middle East. What is new and of interestis his version of his administration's awareness of the terroristthreat, and his targeting of Osama bin Laden. The ever-present,steadying presence of Hillary and his love for both her and theirdaughter Chelsea come through loud and clear. As for the Lewinskyaffair, he blames himself. ("I did it...because I could.") For hisimpeachment, he blames partisan politics and an overzealous and (in hisview lawbreaking) Kenneth Starr. MY LIFE is a combination mea culpa,political speech, and attempt to set the record for history. And thereis a sense that it was also an opportunity for a now-retired formerlybusy man to review, in repose, a full life. In his epilogue, Clintonsays, "I think it's a good story, and I've had a good time tellingit"--and that comes through loud and clear. A New York Times NotableBook for 2004.DetailsNarrated by:Bill ClintonEdition Description:AbridgedSizeHeight:6.0 in.Width:5.3 in.Thickness:1.2 in.Weight:7.2 oz.Publisher's NotePresident Bill Clinton’s My Lifeis the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided earlyin life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and hisextraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is thefullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidencyever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and onthe world of his work and his ideals. Here is the life of agreat national and international figure, revealed with all his talentsand contradictions. Filled with fascinating moments and insights, it istold openly, directly, in President Clinton’s own completelyrecognizable voice.From the Hardcover edition.Industry reviews"WilliamJefferson Clinton's MY LIFE is, by a generous measure, the richestAmerican presidential autobiography--no other book tells us as vividlyor fully what it is like to be president of the United States for eightyears. Clinton had the good sense to couple great smarts with a solideducation; he arrived in Washington in 1964 and has been thenation's--or perhaps the world's--No. 1 politics junkie ever since. Andhe can write--as Reagan, Ford, Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson, to go nofarther back, could not....But he's lonely, and in the quality of hisloneliness lies much of his appeal. And he does have serious appeal.Nothing in this book becomes Clinton so much as his gentle, sympathetictreatment of his alcoholic, sometimes abusive stepfather, RogerClinton, whose name he took and whom he calls Daddy...I happen to likelong, smart, dense narratives and read MY LIFE straight through,happily. I may not know Bill Clinton any better than I did when Istarted, but I know recent history better, which surely can't hurt."New York Times-Larry McMurtry(06/24/2004)"Clintonhas many tales to tell, particularly a rich, sometimes moving accountof his years before the public life, fit for future analyticalhistorians and biographers. Clinton, true to form, is enchanting andinfuriating, fascinating and perplexing, with some lies and evasions,as well as some truth and revelations; and always accommodating, eagerto please. The personal and the political are intertwined. VintageClinton."Nation-Stanley I. Kutler(08/02/2004)"It'salmost voluptuous to read Clinton when he's recounting or analyzing apolitical race or a legislative battle, whether it's his own orsomebody else's.....Passages like these, and there are plenty of them,are enriched by a characteristic mixture of shrewdness, and a nuancedappreciation of context. The problem is that the book is not asculpture garden. It's a quarry. It's a strip mine. There's gold inthat thar hill, but it's veined among layers of rocky sediment, and youhave to bring your own pickaxe."New Yorker-Hendrik Hertzberg(08/02/2004)"Forthe first couple hundred pages in his memoir...Clinton writes withgrace and fluidity....He is a supremely unscripted man. And he is alsoa born storyteller, whose natural story, greatest story, and perhapsonly truly interesting story is himself...."New Republic-Ronald Steel(08/09/2004) shoreside Store On Mar-30-12 at 08:26:42 PDT, seller added the following information:Every buyer gets a MyStoreRewards invitation for cash back
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