First In His Class: A Biography Of Bill Clintonby David Maraniss
Who exactly is Bill Clinton, and why was he, of all the brilliant and ambitious men in his generation, the first in his class to reach the White House? Drawing on hundreds of letters, documents, and interviews, David Maraniss explores the evolution of the personality of our forty-second president from his youth in Arkansas to his 1991 announcement that he would run for the nation's highest office. In this richly textured and balanced biography, Maraniss reveals a complex man full of great flaws and great talents. First in His Class is the definitive book on Bill Clinton.
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Meet the Author
David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post. He is the winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and has been a Pulitzer finalist two other times for his journalism and again for They Marched Into Sunlight, a book about Vietnam and the sixties. The author also of bestselling works on Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi, and Roberto Clemente, Maraniss is a fellow of the Society of American Historians. He and his wife, Linda, live in Washington, DC, and Madison, Wisconsin. Visit the author at davidmaraniss.com.
- Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin
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- August 6, 1949
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- Detroit, Michigan
- University of Wisconsin
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I was touched by this book because it offered an in-deepth look at the trauma of being an orphan followed by the abuses of alcoholism. Furthermore, it offers a look at the drug abuse problems of his brother. I beleive this book sends the message that prominent families can be affected by trauma and drug abuse.
It was one of the best, most inspiring, and most detailed biographies i have ever read.
A gripping read is hard to come by, especially if your tendency as a writer is more journalistic than literary. For any author to attempt a political biography is a gusty move. David Maraniss does the job well. His rich and detailed 500 page plunge intothe mind and political style of William Jefferson Clinton provides us with wonderful insight into the making of a brilliant, albiet contraversial, Commander in Chief. In fact, I think Bill should read it himself!!