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The President We Deserve. Bill Clinton: His Rise, Falls, and Comebacks

Walker, Martin

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ISBN 10: 051759871X / ISBN 13: 9780517598719
Published by Crown Publishers, Inc, New York, 1996
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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360 pages. Illus., Clinton Administration chronology, index, front DJ flap price clipped. Signed by the author. This revealing examination of the Clinton presidency is by the Guardian's U.S. Bureau Chief who has known Bill Clinton since they were classmates at Oxford. Bookseller Inventory # 44252

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Title: The President We Deserve. Bill Clinton: His ...

Publisher: Crown Publishers, Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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Martin Walker's critical biography of Bill Clinton focuses on the president as a classic figure of America's post-World War II meritocracy, a poor boy from the segregated old South who won scholarships to elite universities and became a lawyer fascinated by the process and the power of government.  Walker also unearths a private life that has resonated to the rhythmic clichés of a country-and-western song:  Clinton's father died in a car wreck before he was born; his mother buried three husbands and married two more; his stepdaddy beat his mother and fired gunshots into the bedroom walls; one brother went to jail; and his own marriage tottered under the pain he admitted inflicting upon it.  This president's background is as grittily American as the woeful tales that wail from jukeboxes in bars across the land.  He is Bubba with brains, a redneck with a Rhodes scholarship--America at her most raw, and most cultivated.  And his first term has been unpredictable, volatile, and fascinating.  Martin Walker shows us the why, the how, and the future of the Clinton administration.


With the harsh partisanship and sensationalism associated with the coverage of American politics, it's perhaps not surprising that it takes a Brit to provide the proper perspective of American politics at the end of the 20th century. Martin Walker, Washington correspondent for Britain's the Guardian newspaper, used the occasion of the 1996 presidential campaign to produce a thorough account of President Bill Clinton and his place in American history. Walker follows Clinton through his development, examining his early life, his college experiences--including tales from Clinton's Oxford classmates who were there when he didn't inhale--on through his presidential performance. Walker focuses on substance rather than the trivialities of personal life, reviewing the president's policies for what they are and objectively placing them in context of America in the 1990s.

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