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The Choice: How Bill Clinton Won

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The Choice is Bob Woodward's classic story of the quest for power, focusing on the 1996 presidential campaign as a case study of money, public opinion polling, attack advertising, handlers, consultants, and decision making in the midst of electoral uncertainty. President Bill Clinton is examined in full in the contest with Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, the Republican pr ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1996)
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Anna Ligtenberg
ISBN 0684813084 - Amidst my piles of current political books, there are many like The Choice: no longer current "current event" writings that might seem outdated but actually offer an interesting perspective on today's politics. As I read my way through them, I'm surprised to find that they're still enlightening, informative and entertaining.

In 1994, the campaign for the 1996 Presidential election began. Bill Clinton was pretty clearly the Democratic candidate, but the field was wide open in th
Strange, but when I was close to finishing this book I thought my review would be more negative but right towards the end I realized it was very insightful and I learned from it. I'm even thinking I would like to read more "political" books and also historical books on governments and how they are run and the people that run them.
Another odd insight is that parts of it in the beginning could have been written for the present time with the liberal vs. conservative battle that has been going on. M
I probably should have read the description a little better before picking this one up. I didn't realize until I was about three quarters of the way through the book that it was published before the election was held. I was hoping to read more about the general election.

The book was an interesting read but sort of dragged on with detailed stories of the power struggles that existed in both campaigns. I was sort of alarmed by how much influence Dick Morris had in the Clinton White House. I like
Jerry Landry
Interesting insight into the 1996 election. While always revolving around the two main candidates (Clinton and Dole), Woodward also provides insights into the other Republicans who threw their hats into the ring (Forbes, Buchanan, Alexander, Gramm, etc.) and some might have runs (Quayle, Powell, etc.). The section about Powell was the most interesting to me. Overall, though a little slow at parts and I wish it would've gone through election day instead of just to Dole's announcement that he was ...more
Woodward paints an intimate picture of the inner workings of an otherwise lackluster and boring 1996 presidential campaign. Clinton and team work on building a strong message but the weak challenge by the Dole/Kemp team, I think provided a true lack of foil in the story.
I read this before the 1996 election and in his detailed style, Woodward does a good job of describing the candidates and their styles. Ultimately, Clinton shames himself and the office with the Lewinsky scandal, which says something bigger about the results of "Choice."
If you like political inside stories, you'll like this book. It chronicles the 2 years preceding the 1996 presidential race between President Clinton and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. The author had access to all the key players so his views ring authentic.
This made along quite nicely, but I've started and put down without finishing two other Woodward books. Unless he's writing with Carl Bernstein or about John Belushi, the man's a bore.
so far very informative and interesting... at least from a political junkie's perspective
Douglas Graney
Not bad, considering the foregone conclusion of that election.
Jeff Noble
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David Rosage
Listened to the book on tape on long trips.
Good primer for the reelect.
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Robert "Bob" Upshur Woodward is an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. While an investigative reporter for that newspaper, Woodward, working with fellow reporter Carl Bernstein, helped uncover the Watergate scandal that led to U.S. President Richard Nixon's resignation. Woodward has written 12 best-selling non-fiction books and has twice contributed reporting to efforts that collecti ...more
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