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Posted June 16, 2005
Balanced, Credible, and a Good Read
Works on Clinton too often devolve into lovefests that overlook the man's faults or hatefests that cannot give credit to his undeniable accomplishments. While it seems like Harris tries at times to depict Clinton negatively, he also gives credit where credit is in fact due and overall this book is balanced, giving a good amount of attention to both accomplishments and failures both personally and in policy. The book is well written and hard to put down, the sign of an accomplished writer. Clinton had some spectacular failures on both a personal--Monica Lewinsky--and professional--the 1995 failed healthcare reform and loss of Congress-- that would give anyone pause. But his critics overlook his equally great accomplishments--hard choices that turned a massive federal deficit into the largest ever surplus and sent the economy into years of tremendous growth; the COPS grant program that added many local police officers to attack crime; the creation of more national park land than any president since Theodore Roosevelt; record low unemployment and wage growth and decreased poverty; welfare reform that cut the welfare rolls literally in half; the capture of the terrorists that bombed the World Trade Center; the health care potability act, the ending of the Yugoslavan ethnic cleansing and civil war... the list of accomplishments go on and on and it's sad-- although Clinton's own fault-- that they are so often lost amid the spectacular personal shortcomings and the negative image that hung over him after his disastrous first two years of office that led to the healthcare reform failure, strife with the military over gays, the loss of Congress, the debacles in Haiti and Somalia, and the distraction of Monica. Clinton may never rate a truly great president but an even headed analysis shows he accomplished much and this book goes far into portraying those accomplishments while not overlooking the blemishes too.
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Posted November 18, 2005
Simultaneously smart and stupid
From what I know and recollect, an even handed account of Bill Clinton and his administration. The book reveals a President as a sometimes brilliant leader whose flawed moral behavior will forever impact his legacy.
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Posted September 26, 2014
This book is objective because it recounts the situations and world-situations that faced Clinton, and it also gives little quotes from different people who were working with him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2011
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