The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House
The definitive account of one of the most accomplished, controversial, and polarizing figures in American history.
Bill Clinton is the most arresting leader of his generation. He transformed American politics, and his eight years as president spawned arguments that continue to resonate. For all that has been written about this singular personality– ...more
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William Jefferson Clinton was breaking his first campaign promise just as he was beginning to warm his hard won seat in the Oval Office. He had said on the campaign trail that he was going to offer amnesty to Haitian refugees. On paper it seemed like an easy promise, ...more
I am glad I chose this book to ...more
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The first few chapters were loaded with incredibly heavy and negatively connotated language and I was ...more
As if I viewed the world through their eyes. I dislike when the book becomes a drool fest over the subject and I hate when they are overly critical on the opposite side. That being said, this book about Bill Clinton definitely achieved both results. The author did a nice job of pointing out what was happening with the president and the events surrounding him in what I felt was a fair and impartial manner. He pointed out his weaknesses and streng ...more
This book is supposed to be the best for sh ...more
Clinton was clearly one of the "biggest" personalities ever to lead ...more
The pros -- it is neither a politically charged book, nor a play by play of every conversation that occurred in the Clinton White House, and it provides a reasonably balanced and thorough account of good, the bad, and the ugly of the Clinton presidency.
The cons -- the book was w ...more
Harris admirably supports his contentions with evidence and shows readers the tension between Bill Clinton's light and dark sides. His treatment of Hillary Rodham Clinton, from her imperious role as "Deputy President" to her rivalry with Al Gore to her beleaguered marriage, is especially revelatory in light of her reputed 2008 presidential ambitions. In its evenhanded approach, The Survivor is like a Rorschach inkblot that elicits each reviewer's individual opinion of Clinton and his presidency....more
According to Harris, Clinton did achieve much in his 8 year tenure, but was hurt by his own indiscretions that gave him very little c ...more
But I did learn answers to several questions I had always wondered about: Whatever happened to George Stephanopolous? How did Chelsea really react to the Lewinski scandal? And what went so wrong w ...more
My even handed take on Bill: a vexing, often sad, vital character in American history. Beyond the fact that his womanizing is so unbecoming and creepy, and his Clinton Foundation has so many shady strands, as President he had ample highs, and lows. No matter the challenges, he somehow survived. Nothing sticks to the guy. (Slick Willy indeed)
Same with Hillary. The ruthless, relentless family dynasty continues...
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