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My Life

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  33,547 Ratings  ·  982 Reviews
President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid self-portrait of a world leader who decided in early life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the people of America and the entire world population. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and ...more
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Published June 2nd 2005 by Arrow (first published 2004)
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Kelly (TheWellReadRedhead)
Make sure you are interested in politics if you're going to read this. Don't just read it for the Lewinsky scandal because it's barely mentioned! Clinton is a brilliant political mind and it shows in this book. I learned a lot about the events of his administration, which was interesting for me as I was only ages 9-17 while he was in office. Gave a good perspective to things (though, admittedly, one sided).
Billy
May 23, 2007 Billy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: revisionist historians
I put this book under the fiction bookshelf for a reason. I read this book for a class on Bill Clinton's foreign policy (ok, most of the book. I skipped over all the personal stuff because frankly, I don't care about Monica Lewinsky). Anyway, due to the class and the fact that I lived through his presidency, I was fully aware of what his foreign policy actually was during his time in office (for a better, and more accurate understanding of his foreign policy read David Halberstam's War in a Time ...more
Bart Breen
May 25, 2012 Bart Breen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't particularly like Bill Clinton ....

I don't particularly like Bill Clinton on many levels. I have read many Presidential biographies and autobiographies and so I felt I should read this one, and suspend judgement.

I'm glad I did.

Whether you like Bill Clinton politically or personally is beside the point. He was President of the United States for 8 years. He has left a mark on History and what he has to say about it and the information he provides is worth the time to digest.

Unfortunately,
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Joshua
Sep 06, 2007 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, first, I have to confess I listened to the abridged audio edition of this book, and that's what I'm basing my review on. I listened to the whole thing on the drive from my home to seminary (6 hours).

That having been said, I am coming to understand that way more of "The West Wing" was based on actual events than I realized. I feel like I just experienced the entire series - the book even ends with the same word on which the series concluded: "Tomorrow."

Not having been politically aware unti
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Melissa
Sep 04, 2007 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this abridged audio but I liked it so much, I'm thinking of reading the much longer unabridged book! Bill Clinton was awesome, despite his brushing over his welfare reform, which was the worst thing he did while in office. Also, I'm all about Hilary now, I'd totally vote for her. People who just hate Bill Clinton for some reason or other should really read this book. I think it really humanizes him and shows just how many powerful people were working against him, going to any lengt ...more
Will Byrnes
There is much that is good about the book. There is much that is annoying. I most enjoyed his descriptions of dealings with foreign leaders. We get the skinny on who was really in favor of what, who was willing to make serious concessions, who was not. Good stuff. The part of the book about his early life was interesting as well, showing family background and how he got the connections that helped him move up. Interesting. I found it annoying that every person he mentions he seems to feel it nec ...more
Becky
Nov 11, 2007 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
At nearly 1000 pages, this book is not for the faint of heart. The beginning is slow, as it seems that Clinton is mentioning every single person that passed through his childhood and adolescence. The book finally gets interesting when Clinton enters politics. As someone who lived through the Clinton years, I enjoyed reading Clinton's perspective on events during that time. His views on the Middle East talks were particularly interesting and enlightening. His insider's view of politics during tha ...more
Emilia
Oct 14, 2007 Emilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was already a Bill Clinton fan, but his memoir just solidified my reasons. Very moving account of his life, especially his childhood/young adulthood. He is such an intelligent, self-made man. His detractors would do well to read this, too. Granted it is looooong. I initially purchased the book for my husband who enjoyed reading it, but I had trouble getting through all 900-plus pages and bought the audio CD instead. Listened to it on a long vacation drive. (Made my then 12-year-old son listen ...more
Jeremy Perron
Sep 16, 2011 Jeremy Perron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Jefferson Clinton is my first president. Well, not really, I was born on July 3, 1981 so my first president was actually Ronald Reagan. The first presidential election that I remember is the 1988 election of George H.W. Bush. However, in many ways, Clinton is my first president. The presidential election of 1992 was the first national election I ever cared about. Coming from a family of Democrats excited for the first chance in sixteen years to capture the White House, Clinton was very m ...more
Mustafa Ahmad
Dec 31, 2013 Mustafa Ahmad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a politics and history buff, I have read a variety of presidential biographies. But, I am ashamed to admit that this is only the first presidential autobiography that I have read.

I think I can review this book in a proper, unbiased way, because politically I side with neither the Democratic nor Republican Party, but am a political independent.

That said, I do think that Clinton was one of our most successful presidents, domestically, that is that we have ever had. Were I alive back in 199
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Artiom Karsiuk
I am a Russian and I love reading biographies of people whom I, if not admire, then at least look up to in one way or another. Add to that the fact that I am not a political buff and during my conscious years on Earth, the U.S. presidents in office were George Dubya and Barack Obama - yet, I would not share a room with their autobiographies, much less read them. This is my way of saying that in my opinion, even though based on extremely limited knowledge of the subject, I believe Bill Clinton to ...more
Chris Robertson
Jun 20, 2015 Chris Robertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the abridged audio edition of this book (only about 6 hours). I thought it was really interesting and I learned a lot about Clinton that I didn't know, especially about his childhood. There's nothing like hearing a grown man say "momma" with a southern twang. Since it was very short, it kept me engaged and it was actually quite funny at times. The fact that Clinton read the book made it even more personal and endearing. The full book might be too detailed for me, but I really enjoy ...more
Alma
Dec 14, 2008 Alma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clinton's autobiography is long but well worth the read if you want to get the slightest clue about the dirty tricks he faced in D.C. while trying to keep his campaign promises.
Alicia
May 13, 2012 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A better title for this autobiography would have been "My Diary." I feel the same about this book as I do about Hillary Clinton's memoirs -- it reads like a travel log. Bill's book is a little more interesting as he discusses Whitewater, the Lewinsky scandal and the independent counsel in more detail. In Bill Clinton's memoirs, he seems more forthcoming than his wife appears to be in her book. And while he discusses the Lewinsky scandal, there is precious little on the subject and for that I am ...more
Ariadna73
Feb 27, 2013 Ariadna73 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
"Yo debo ser una de las dos únicas personas del mundo que se ha leído este libro de cabo a rabo. Es un libro eterno, larguísimo, donde Clinton nos cuenta la hora a la que se levantó, qué desayunó, con quién conversó, etc... Es una descripción muy minuciosa de un millón de hechos sin importancia, y por supuesto, del escándalo con la niña Lenguisky o como se llame, que casi le cuesta la cabeza y el matrimonio.

Es un libro fascinante, porque al leerlo uno se da cuenta del poder tan grande que tiene
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Scott Holstad
Feb 13, 2013 Scott Holstad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At nearly 1,000 pages, this book is a monster to read, but boy, am I glad I did! First of all, I love Bill Clinton, I've got to be honest. He was, is, and will always be my favorite president. That said, I was curious how he would describe his life and is on goings in the White House and before.

He starts with his childhood and writes an exhaustive account of his life up until Bush takes over for him. He spends a great deal of time early on discussing religion and his spirituality, both of which
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John Devlin
Jun 04, 2012 John Devlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I chewed through this book for over a year. Reading a few chapters, a few hundred pages before reading the last 500 in one fell swoop. First off, I like Bill Clinton. I think he's a smart fellow, who though I disagree w/him on the role of the gov't, is thoughtful and not hidebound in his ideology. Moreover, the Lewinsky scandal will be as remembered a hundred years from now as Grover Cleveland's love child is today. For those of you saying Grover Cleveland had a love child! I say precisely.
Wh
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Marwa
Aug 24, 2014 Marwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
حياتي- الجزء الأول
انها حياة الرئيس الأمريكي الأسبق بل كلنتون والتي صدرت في كتاب من جزئين انتهيت لتوي من قراءة الجزء الأول الذي أسماه: الأيام الأُوَل.
استطاع كلنتون أن يروى باسلوب جذاب قصة حياته التي بدأت عندما ولد في احدى ولايات الجنوب وهي أركانساس يتيم الأب، وكانت أمه تعمل كممرضة. أسرة عادية للغاية .. مرت بكثير مما تعانيه الأسر الأمريكية المتوسطة الحال. وقد انتهى في روايته في هذا الجزء حتى اللحظات السابقة لحلفانه اليمين كرئيس للولايات المتحدة الأمريكية عام 1992.
تعرفت في هذا الكتاب على كم هائل م
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Mark Fullmer
In his first chapter, Clinton mentions that he once departed from his reading material of choice, fiction, and picked up a sort of self-help book on making goals for the future. As instructed by the book, the college-age Clinton made up a list of short and long term goals, with the top few being to have a family, a successful political career, and to write a great book.

If this was his great book, I'm disappointed. It reads like a long-spinning political yarn with Southern-gentility reticence in
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Tucker
Mar 25, 2009 Tucker rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of Bill. This book details his life, esp. growing up, becoming governor, and then president. What I dislike most about this book is its defensive tone. He is constantly under attack, so he seems to always be explaining why he is right, or providing an excuse for why he screwed up. I think this book gave a lot of insight into Bill's personal challenges. However, what I would like to know are the insights he had as president, as a world leader setting the stage. I think Bill Clinton's p ...more
د.نادر الملاح
A great collection of lies.

I'd classify this book under fiction books rather than politics, history or any other category.

Jill
Mar 06, 2016 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Probably on of the most difficult reads I've done in the past few years. Took a lot of discipline to finish. Too many re writing of speeches, and praise for all the people he hired over his career. The early sections talking about his growing up were entertaining and enlightening but 500 pages to get to his election as President seemed egotistic. The observations about people he met in his life were interesting but I struggle to understand how he continually refers to his poor financial backgrou ...more
Odai Alsaeed
استغرقني من الوقت الكثير حتى اكمل هذه السيرة الروائية الذاتية لحاكم اكبر دولة في العالم ..الكتاب ممل في معظم اوقاته والسيرة تتضمن امور تافهة لا تهمنا في شيئ وان كان لا بد منها فهي خلت من عنصر التشويق كما انني لم اجد في اسلوب الترجمة اي اشادة تذكر...حياة بيل كلنتون رتيبة ومملة كما أن شخصيته تشعرك بانه لو إمتهن اي مهنة غير السياسة لكان افضل له ...لم يمتعني الكتاب واخذ من وقتي الكثير وقد قرات الكتاب علي فترات متقطعة غير مشدود له .
Jonathan Sargent
2.5/5

I was born in 1991 and Bill Clinton's presidency dominated my childhood years. My dad loved to listen to right-wing talk radio, so I grew up Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity being played consistently. Needless to say, I didn't have a very high opinion of Bill Clinton growing up and I thought George W. Bush was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Times certainly have changed.

My Life is in desperate need of an editor, a more cohesive narrative and more personal vulnerability fro
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Marrick
Nov 15, 2008 Marrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a poorly written series of justifications. An annoying characteristic of his writing in this 1000-page diary is Pres. Clinton's insistence on classifying every non-white person he has encountered by their ethnic background. My advice: avoid it.
Jeni Enjaian
I enjoyed and learned so much more from this book than I thought I would.
While I wish that Clinton had narrated the entire book rather than just the introduction and epilogue, the narrator that got the job wasn't too bad. He just took some getting used to.
I found myself absolutely astounded at the level of detail Clinton included in this book. I learned so much about events that happened in the couple decades before my birth and those that occurred during my childhood. Clinton is a very smart
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Travelin
There's something familiar about Bill Clinton's personality. Raised without a father, he adopts Anglo-Saxon self-help and list-making books, without being temperamentally suited to them. A Pulitzer-prize winning author told me Clinton was possibly the country's most intelligent president. If you can get past the "aw shucks" popularization, he certainly seems efficient. But when other politicians resort to exposing infidelities to push you out, you've done something extraordinary to crawl up thei ...more
Lisa
May 12, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are interested in politics or biographies
Shelves: biography-memoir
Bill Clinton wrote about his life from about college age up to Hillary's election to the Senate in this best seller from years ago. As I am deep into spring gardening, I have been searching for all audiobooks that can keep my mind occupied while I work. As a conservative, I wasn't sure I would like this book, but Bill tells his story in an interesting and warm way. He manages to spin things his way, but that is to be expected.

Bill tells how he met Hillary and it is funny to think of the two of t
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Jake
Sep 06, 2012 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I miss Bill Clinton being in charge. Sure, I was just a kid at the time, but he always seemed like an articulate goof, and that swagger comes across in his book. It's his voice and his opinions, and it's not hokey or boring. He gets it. He gets America, he gets politics, he gets people. The way he sees the world is so damn conversational and, if I could be so lazy, so damn 90s. First of all, he should never have cheated on his wife, but, secondly, that's pretty incredible if that was the general ...more
Kim
Aug 29, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this is such a huge tome, I'm including Parts A & B as two separate books - the Part A audio book was almost 25 hours, and takes BC from childhood through the 1992 presidential election. I LOVE the audio; the unabridged version is convincingly read by Michael Beck; if you want it read by the Prez himself, get the abridged edition.

I find Clinton a fascinating mix of ego & humility, good old boy and slick politician. Hearing this retold with the advantage of 20-20 hindsight brings b
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William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III) was the forty-second President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. He was the third-youngest president, older only than Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. He became president at the end of the Cold War, and is known as the first baby boomer president, as he was born in the period after World War II. He is the hu ...more
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“I learned a lot from the stories my uncle, aunts and grandparents told me: that no one is perfect but most people are good; that people can’t be judged by their worst or weakest moments; that harsh judgements can make hypocrites of us all; that a lot of life is just showing up and hanging on; that laughter is often the best, and sometimes the only response to pain.

Perhaps most important, I learned that everyone has a story – of dreams and nightmares, hope and heartache, love and loss, courage and fear, sacrifice and selfishness. All my life I’ve been interested in other people’s stories. I wanted to know them, understand them, feel them. When I grew up into politics, I always felt the main point of my work was to people a chance to have better stories. - Page 15, Paragraph 5, ‘My Life’ by Bill Clinton. –Hard cover version-”
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