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Bill Clinton: The American Presidents Series: The 42nd President, 1993-2001

Bill Clinton: The American Presidents Series: The 42nd President, 1993-2001

(Book #42 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: Bill Clinton: The American Presidents Series: The 42nd President, 1993-2001

The president of larger-than-life ambitions and appetites whose term defined America at the close of the twentieth century: Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton: a president of contradictions. He was a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale Law School graduate, but he was also a fatherless child from rural Arkansas. He was one of the most talented politicians of his age, but he inspired enmity of such intensity that his opponents would stop at nothing to destroy him. He was the first Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to win two successive presidential elections, but he was also the first president since Andrew Johnson to be impeached.

In this incisive biography of America's forty-second president, Michael Tomasky examines Clinton's eight years in office, a time often described as one of peace and prosperity, but in reality a time of social and political upheaval, as the culture wars grew ever more intense amid the rise of the Internet (and with it, online journalism and blogging); military actions in Somalia, Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo; standoffs at Waco and Ruby Ridge; domestic terrorism in Oklahoma City; and the rise of al-Qaeda. It was a time when Republicans took control of Congress and a land deal gone bad turned into a constitutional crisis, as lurid details of a sitting president's sexual activities became the focus of public debate.

Tomasky's clear-eyed assessment of Clinton's presidency offers a new perspective on what happened, what it all meant, and what aspects continue to define American politics to this day. In many ways, we are still living in the Age of Clinton.

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PublisherTimes Books
Publication Date2017-01-24
EditionFirst Edition
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Michael Tomasky is a renowned American author, journalist, and political commentator, known for his depth of analysis and keen insights. Tomasky's writing career spans three decades, and he has significantly contributed to various newspaper publications and online portals. His exceptional skills as a political analyst have made him a regular face on numerous television and radio news programs. Tomasky's journalistic endeavors began at the Village Voice, where he served as a columnist before moving to The New York Times. As an editor for The American Prospect and editor-in-chief for Democracy, Tomasky's name became synonymous with in-depth investigative journalism and insightful commentary. He is currently a columnist for The Daily Beast and a contributor to The New York Review of Books. His work encompasses a wide range of political issues, from domestic policy to international relations. Tomasky's distinctive style combines rigorous research with approachable language, making complex topics accessible to a broad audience. His books, including ‘Hillary’s Turn’ and ‘Left for Dead’, assert his indispensability as an author and have earned him a special place in contemporary American literature.

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