The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House

The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House

by Bob Woodward
     
 

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Working behind the scenes for the eighteen months following Bill Clinton's election, conducting hundreds of interviews with administration insiders and other key officials, and gaining access to confidential internal memos, diaries, and meeting notes, Bob Woodward has discovered how the Clinton White House really works. Clinton's pledge for a new economic deal was the…  See more details below

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Working behind the scenes for the eighteen months following Bill Clinton's election, conducting hundreds of interviews with administration insiders and other key officials, and gaining access to confidential internal memos, diaries, and meeting notes, Bob Woodward has discovered how the Clinton White House really works. Clinton's pledge for a new economic deal was the cornerstone of his 1992 campaign, and fulfilling it has been his central ambition and enterprise as president. By focusing on Clinton's efforts to pass a comprehensive economic recovery plan, Woodward takes us not only to the highest level meetings, the hard-fought debates, and the most difficult decisions but also to the very heart of this presidency - and of this man. With its day-by-day, often minute-by-minute account, it is one of the most intimate portraits of a sitting president ever published. President Clinton is shown as he debates, scolds, pleads, celebrates, and rages in anger and frustration. What emerges also is a group portrait of Clinton's innermost circle of advisers in action - including his wife, Hillary; Vice President Al Gore; Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen and the economic team; George Stephanopoulos and David Gergen and the White House staff; James Carville, Paul Begala, and the other outside political strategists; Congressional leaders; and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. Using his proven research method - returning time and again to key sources and relying on the paper trail of internal documentation - Woodward has assembled an extensive archive of the early Clinton presidency. This microscopic examination of the Clintons and this administration, working under pressure on the nation's most important task, reveals the deep and still unsettled conflicts among President Clinton's advisers and within himself. The questions about the federal deficit, health care, welfare reform, taxes, jobs, government spending, interest rates, the roles and responsibilities of the mi

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
"A triumph of the reporter's art.
New York Times Book Review
"A compulsive, Grisham-like read."
BusinessWeek
"As always, Woodward...displays an amazing ability to get his sources to say things they shouldn't."
Philadelphia Inquirer
"The Agenda is a great read.... The pace is fast, the quotes are crisp, and the scenes are often dramatic.... Spellbinding political drama."<
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Journalist Woodward's fast-paced behind-the-scenes look at the Clinton administration was a 13-week PW bestseller. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Watergate sleuth Woodward (All the President's Men, 1974) turns his attention to the Clinton administration and unveils a complicated, temperamental, and visionary leader. Beginning with Clinton's entry into the presidential race and continuing through his first year in office, Woodward records the pulse of a leader deeply committed to making profound changes. In his introduction, Woodward states his intent to fill the void between journalism and history by providing accurate, in-depth narratives based upon exhaustive research and documentation. The listener is given details without a critique of the President's actions. Narrator Kevin Spacey is simply excellent at conveying the urgency, idealism, and confusion evident during Clinton's early months. All libraries should purchase.-Ray Vignovich, West Des Moines P.L., Ia.
From the Publisher
"A triumph of the reporter's art."
The Washington Post Book World

"A compulsive, Grisham-like read."
The New York Times Book Review

"As always, Woodward...displays an amazing ability to get his sources to say things they shouldn't."
BusinessWeek

"The Agenda is a great read.... The pace is fast, the quotes are crisp, and the scenes are often dramatic.... Spellbinding political drama."
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568951225
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
527
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.17(d)

Meet the Author

Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for forty-four years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for The Washington Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored twelve #1 national nonfiction bestsellers. He has two daughters, Tali and Diana, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, writer Elsa Walsh.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Washington, D.C.
Date of Birth:
March 26, 1943
Place of Birth:
Geneva, Illinois
Education:
B.A., Yale University, 1965

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