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The Clinton Tapes by Taylor Branch
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Mar 23, 10

Read from March 22 to 23, 2010

This book is so long that I found myself skimming a lot of the time until I found an issue I wanted to read about. I was interested to find how much importance Clinton ascribed to the threats of bin Laden and how hard he tried to run him down and kill him. I liked reading that Clinton estimated that at the rate he was paying down the national debt, we would be debt-free by 2010. How sad. At the end of the book, after his presidency, he bemoans Bush's giant tax cut, knowing it's going to spell the end of his deficit reductions. I was fascinated by his confession to Branch, after the impeachment proceedings, that the Lewinski affair probably happened because he "cracked." He cited the deaths of his mother, Vince Foster, and other traumas, and told Branch he might have blown something up, but instead, he did this. Much of the interest is watching Branch arrive for each session, assess the President's mood, watch his interactions with his family, etc. In that sense, it's like being a spy at the White House.
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message 1: by Cathy (new)

Cathy nice review! sounds fun, if long. Taylor is a longtime friend of Charlie Firestone's...


Lynne Didn't know that. I was reminded of him when the movie I saw yesterday "The Ghost Writer" mentioned that one of the characters was alibied because he was leading a discussion at the Aspen Institute.


message 3: by Cathy (new)

Cathy wanna lend it to me?


Lynne Sure, as long as I get it back. There's a lot of it I didn't get around to reading.


message 5: by Cathy (new)

Cathy sure. or you can hold on to it for now. I have a lot of books waiting.


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