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My Life by Bill Clinton
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Mar 13, 2012

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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 grateful. Had he not dealt with it in the manner that he does, I probably would not have finished the book.

The beginning of the book, in which he writes about his childhood, is compelling. His mother appears to have been a phenomenally strong woman with a zest for life, notwithstanding her insistence on remaining married to an abusive man during Clinton's formative years. She did so because she thought it was good for her children to have a man about and made the best of the situation. I doubt that I would have made the same decision, but I respect her choice and the strength it took to live with the consequences.

There is no question that Bill Clinton left the country in better shape than he found it. It's been good to hear his retelling of certain parts of his time in the presidency. I was shaking my head with disbelief, as I did in 1998, at Clinton's description of the outrageous professional behavior of Ken Starr as independent counsel. Starr was probably the only person connected with the Whitewater investigation who may have committed a crime, but was never indicted for it. It surprises me that he still has a law license.

My take away from reading Bill Clinton's memoirs is that our leaders do not take the lessons and examples of history to heart. I am struck at how the political dialogue of today is just about verbatim from that of the 1990's. Both parties have the same old playbooks. But, somehow under Clinton's presidency we were able to move the country forward both economically and socially. It's got me thinking about what's wrong now and why we are stagnant in all but one socioeconomic segment.
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message 1: by Willow (new)

Willow Brook Excellent review, Alicia!

message 2: by Alicia (last edited May 18, 2012 08:28AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Alicia Willow wrote: "Excellent review, Alicia!"

Thanks, Willow!

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