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Chances of a Lifetime: A Memoir

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AN ENGAGING INSIDER'S ACCOUNT OF SOME OF THE MOST FASCINATING DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL EPISODES IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN HISTORY, FROM THE HIGHLY RESPECTED FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE WHO REMAINS A DEMOCRATIC ELDER STATESMAN.


Warren Christopher is that rarest of Washington personalities: a wise and witty public servant once described by the "Washington Post" as "the antit

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Scribner (first published 2001)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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”The chance of a lifetime is not necessarily the next rung up the ladder. It may be the one on which you already stand.”

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Christopher’s greatest gift to Clinton was convincing him to put Al Gore on the ticket as his Vice-President. Clinton’s poll numbers shot up 10 points and he never looked back.

When I think of the American politicians that have existed in my lifetime whom I most admire, it isn’t Bill Clinton, though I am in awe of his oratory skills (rivaled only by JFK and MLK ever, in my opin
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Jerry Landry
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting memoir as, despite having grown up during Christopher's tenure as Secretary of State, I knew very little about him. As with many memoirs, there was definitely a bias in the narrative, but it was very approachable and Christopher came across as quite likeable. It was fascinating to read about how long and in the various capacities Christopher served in the public sector, and he offers great insights into various major events from his point of view. I'm looking forward to t ...more
Glenn Robinson
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Exceeded my expectations. A very example of mature leadership that is lacking in American politics. Very little blaming of the GOP for anything. This longtime Democratic stalwart actually praised members of the GOP- George Bush, Sr, John McCain and a few others. Interesting auto bio with the bulk of the book concerning the Clinton campaign and administration. What is lacking on recent auto-bio's is anything in depth into the decision making process. Secretary Christopher went into the decision m ...more
Andrea
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Eloquent, gracious, and self-deprecating, Warren Christopher's memoir was a delightful read. It is well-written, captivating, and would hold the interest even of those who are not particularly interested or well-versed in foreign affairs. His writing is personal and I enjoyed the placement of photographs and the fact that the book is absolutely typo free (nothing kills a good book like a typo).
Lacey
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political-nonfic
I love reading memoirs by former Secretaries of State. Secretary Christopher was before my political awareness was developed, so it was fascinating to read about the events he was involved in and the negotiating he did in service to our country.
Michelle Bimson
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
It was okay, but not as good as other Secretary of State memoirs.
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