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Between Hope and History

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Between Hope and History is the President's articulation of his political philosophy - a philosophy that underpins all his policies and programs as America enters the twenty-first century.
The book is also a concise statement of the fundamental principles and values that have guided his administration since its inception in 1993. It continues, as he writes, "the conversatio
Hardcover, 178 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by RANDOM HOUSE (first published January 1st 1996)
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May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Coinciding with his re-election campaign in 1996, President Clinton gives an overview of the America he wants to see take shape in his final four years. While some people have cited he is very light on specifics (which is true), specifics would have made the book a complete bore for most readers.

Reading the book in 2013 has given me the opportunity to look at his presidency in hindsight. While no president is ever able to complete much of what he sets out to do, President Clinton did come awfull
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was only okay because it outlines some of the laws and policies he tried to pass with homeland security before 9/11 even occured. But it seems strange that he knew these forces needed to be in place before George W Bush stepped into office, but was turned down by Congress where the laws were not passed...and did not take it seriously. I am wondering now what dealings he had as a President to foresee it coming....
Nov 19, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Written to coincide with President Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, the book is heavy on lofty ideas and light on specifics. However, the book is worth reading in order to gain a sense of what issues and ideas were prescient in America in the mid-1990s.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
The book was organized well, although embelished to the way he might have wanted to be. Most ten year white males were not concerned with blacks sitting in the back of the bus. It does give insight of his presidential priorities and his way of influenceing the masses.
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Joe Stevens
Nov 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone in the world....
I loved both this president and this book.
Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
I was hoping for more from this book. Basically a big crappy speech. . .
Although I recognize Clinton's observations as valid and prescient, I do not agree that the Government owns the monkey. Society in general must act cohesively to accomplish his proposed goals. I did not return regularly to continue reading.
Liam Owen
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Dated, but the chapter on responsibility is especially pertinent more than 20 years later
Logan Gifford
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This book really profiles President Clinton in a pivotal moment. The reason for my review being 3 stars is due to the fact that it didnt shed enough light.
Gordon Kwok
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good overview of President Clinton's governing philosophy...a Third Way of sorts, achieving liberal ends through conservative means.
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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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