A complicated man : the life of Bill Clinton as told by those who know him / Michael Takiff.
By: Takiff, Michael.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2010Description: 1 online resource (xi, 496 pages,  pages of plates) : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780300168884; 0300168888.Subject(s): Presidents -- United States -- Biography | Governors -- Arkansas -- Biography | Ex-presidents -- United States -- Biography | Interviews -- United States | Présidents -- États-Unis -- Biographies | Gouverneurs -- Arkansas -- Biographies | Ex-présidents -- États-Unis -- Biographies | Entretiens -- États-UnisAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Complicated man.DDC classification: 973.929092 LOC classification: E886 | .T35 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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pt. I. Local hero, 1946-1987. Small town boy: Hope, Arkansas -- A big city (pop. 29,397): Hot Springs -- Positive, positive, positive, positive: Georgetown -- Man of the world: Oxford and Yale -- On the move: an Arkansas politician -- Too much, too soon, too bad: rookie governor -- Out of the woodshed: exile and return -- Busy, busy, busy: governor again -- Comfort level: Bill and Black Arkansas -- Not bad, but ... : potential unfulfilled -- pt. II. Rising star, 1987-1992. National Democrat: moving toward the White House -- Going for it: candidate -- Near-death experience: New Hampshire, 1992 -- All roads lead to Madison Square Garden: nominee -- A bubba, not a bozo: President-elect -- pt. III. Stumble, 1993-1994. Not an admiral: transition -- Bedlam at birth: getting started -- Bill asks, Colin tells: the President, the gays, the military -- New kid in town: permanent Washington greets the Clintons -- Debt on arrival: recharting an economic course -- A casino for Jesus: the budget bill -- The Yanks are coming: navigating a post-Cold War world -- Trade war: passing NAFTA -- Heroic measures: the fight to reform health care -- Stand-up guys: Bill, Boris, Jiang, Fidel -- Action, inaction: Somalia and Rwanda -- No way to run a railroad: fixing a dysfunctional White House -- From humiliation to celebration: Haiti -- Picturing peace: the Oslo signing -- Something is rotten in the State of Arkansas: Whitewater, the scandal begins -- Golfing with Willie Mays: Bill among friends -- Rebuke: the 1994 midterm election.
pt. IV. Recovery, 1995-1996. Picking up the pieces: the aftermath -- Relevant: Newt versus Clinton -- Pastor to the nation: Oklahoma City -- End of an era: the road back -- This town ain't big enough: shutdown showdown -- Shalom, chaver: the death of Yitzhak Rabin -- I'll show you mine if ... : the big mistake -- A commander in chief (finally) commands: Bosnia, solved -- Ballot-box missionary: Irish troubles, Irish votes -- A deal with the devil? Ending welfare as we know it -- Slippery or steadfast? Shapeshifter -- Piece of cake: reelection -- pt. 5. Humiliation, 1997-2000. Reckless, stupid, human: wasting a precious gift -- Big bucks bedroom: scandal of the year, 1997 -- Nailed! Linda and Lucianne -- Pants on fire: the Jones deposition -- The bombshell wears a beret: enter Monica -- Scandal? What scandal? Compartmentalization -- The puritan and the pol: Starr versus Clinton -- Respite: a tour of Africa -- Today's word is 'is': the Grand Jury -- Speech defect: an unapologetic apology -- Sine qua non: Ulster's peacemaker -- Softcore: the Starr report -- For mature audiences only: a committee, a TV show -- DeLayed reaction: the midterms and the Majority Whip -- Impeach the rapist! Fifty boxes, four articles -- Amazing: a speech in Gaza -- Bad guys: going after Bin Laden and Saddam -- The hypocrisy police: Bob Livingston, porn star -- It's official: impeached -- It's about sex: the trial -- Seventy-eight days: Kosovo -- Down to the wire: Camp David and the Clinton ideas -- In denial: Bill Clinton and the election of 2000 -- Citizen Clinton, 2001- Parting shots: leaving the White House -- Convening power: the Clinton Foundation -- Chasing a buck: making multimillions multinationally -- Bill in a China shop: Hillary for President, 2008 -- Unintended consequences: Clinton-era deregulation and the financial crisis of 2008-2009 -- Envoy: a visit to North Korea -- And now? The future of Bill Clinton -- Closing argument.
Though Bill Clinton has been out of office since 2001, public fascination with him continues unabated. Many books about Clinton have been published in recent years, but no single-volume biography covers the full scope of Clinton's life from the cradle to the present day; and books on Clinton have tended to be highly polarized, casting the former president in an overly positive or negative light. In this, the first complete oral history of Clinton's life, historian Michael Takiff presents the first truly balanced book on one of our nation's most controversial and fascinating presidents. Through more than 150 chronologically arranged interviews with key figures including Bob Dole, James Carville, and Tom Brokaw, among many others, this book goes far beyond the well-worn party-line territory to capture the larger-than-life essence of Clinton the man.--From publisher description.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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