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My Life by Bill Clinton
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Feb 05, 2009

"It sure is a good story," Clinton writes in his prologue. Really, it is. You just need to wade through the myriad names, dates, and details of this "big puffy plum cake of an autobiography" to make sense of his panoramic story (New York Times Book Review). As The New York Times points out, My Life is "part policy primer, part 12-step confessional, part stump speech and part presidential archive." Despite his serious lack of focus, Clinton is characteristically charming and fascinating throughout. Critics agree that the best parts center on his poignant descriptions of his Arkansas childhood, sympathetic look at his alcoholic stepfather, and controversial treatment of the "character issue." As for Monica? You'll just have to wait and see.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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