The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President
This book rests upon a secret project, initiated by Clinton, to preserve for future historians an unfiltered record of pre ...more
Others complained that Branch did not organize the book around certain themes and that, as a journalist and historian, he should have ...more
It is like during the 8 Bush years everything stopped and Obama picked up from where Clinton left.
It is very rewarding to re-examine recent history and events I more or less remember and to share it today is symbolic. Taylor Branch, the author of The Clinton T ...more
It's pretty much all in here except for any details of the special prosecutor investigations. Clinton & Branch talk about the investigation, but due to nervousness about discovery of the ta ...more
If, as the maxim goes, the "devil is in the details" then Branch's tome is a testament to that claim. Branch does what few presidential memoirs achieve - provides the reader with the indelible sense of being a fly on the wall during momentous occasions. And then again this is not a typical memoir, definitely not a biography. Branch had been enlisted by President Clinton on a secret mission. He was asked to help the President assemble a oral record of the President...more
The first thing that bears mention, is that this is not a book of transcripts of secret (or not so secret) White House tapes made in the Oval Office a la Nixon or even LBJ. The book is rather the recollections of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Taylor Branch (`Parting the Wat ...more
Clinton did wrestle with the world during his presidency. He was quite an admirable person until he fell off the wall with Monica Lewinsky. He would sleep as little ...more
The book does have its amusing moments (many of which have already been revealed in reviews and intervie ...more
This type of book isn't constructed to grab your attention, though. It's sequential and rambles because it's more like a diary. As such, it combined discussions of serious topics of the day as well as little everyday exchanges which show Bill and Hillary's "regular people" side: everyday ...more
But, as a piece of writing, it's pretty disappointing from a writer as gifted as Branch. If you're fascinated ...more
It seemed like more of a psychological study than a history of Clinton's presidency.
I think my favorite part was some time in 1998 during the Monica thing, Branch writes that Clinton was amazed by the game UpWords, as Branch came into interview Clinton, him and his brother and law was playing the game, and Clinton described the game to Branch as, "its like scrabble, but vertical!"
I am learning a lot why Clinton could not get things done. Which is a lesson why president Obama is able to accomplish some of his goals.
If the author could have stuck with Clinton's thoughts I would rate it five stars.