The Clinton Years: The Photographs of Robert McNeely

The Clinton Years: The Photographs of Robert McNeely

by Robert McNeely
     
 

"Robert McNeely - President Bill Clinton's official photographer from 1992 to 1998 - has traveled the world and roamed the halls of the White House, a virtual fly-on-the-wall, documenting the day-to-day political and private lives of President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Clinton Years presents in dramatic detail a behind-the-scenes look at the…  See more details below

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"Robert McNeely - President Bill Clinton's official photographer from 1992 to 1998 - has traveled the world and roamed the halls of the White House, a virtual fly-on-the-wall, documenting the day-to-day political and private lives of President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Clinton Years presents in dramatic detail a behind-the-scenes look at the White House with intriguing glimpses into the personal side of Clinton's presidency." "Clinton trusted McNeely's vision completely and granted him full access to the inner workings of the presidency. McNeely was Clinton's constant shadow, quietly recording for posterity the president's moods, his reactions to key moments and events, his prowess as a politician, his personal charisma and presence, and his interactions with world leaders. An intimate look at the man behind the politician, this collection also reveals Clinton's relationships with his wife, his staff, his public and the world. These striking images compel the viewer to recognize what an extraordinarily complex individual Bill Clinton is. It is more than a portrait of a president: it is an education about the presidency. The Clinton Years is an essential record of Bill Clinton's legacy."--BOOK JACKET.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Chinese government's seizure of half of this book's run (8,00o of 16,000 copies) made major news. The offending shot, of Clinton touching the Dalai Lama's hand while listening to him speak during a meeting, wouldn't normally get a second glance in the U.S., since it is only the P.R.C. that considers the religious leader a dangerous dissident. The rest of the 227 b&w shots presented here, representing the more than half-million frames veteran White House photographer McNeely took while following the president between 1993 and 1998, do a superb job of capturing Clinton's complexities. Artistically, the two most moving shots are of the president bathed in the ethereal glow of candles after lighting one in memory of his recently deceased mother at Kazan Cathedral in Moscow in 1994, and of the president, Russian president Boris Yeltsin and two interpreters--all in stark silhouette--conferring at the Vancouver summit in 1993. Photographs of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton convey them as two temperamentally different poles of a shared dream, and shots of the president and the vice-president, both sharing jokes and in deep discussion, show--as eminent historian Douglas Brinkley (The Unfinished Presidency, etc.) observes in his astute introduction to the history of presidential portraiture and of McNeely's work--what is probably one of the most well-defined first- and second-man teams in U.S. history. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
This coffee-table book, a photographic Valentine to the Clinton Presidency offering 227 images, provides a flattering remembrance of the Clinton years up to September 1998. It is not a complete photographic history, as McNeely, director of photographic operations at the White House, served from 1993 to 1998. Thus, the Lewinsky/impeachment scandal and the war in Kosovo are not part of this otherwise outstanding pictorial review. McNeely's utterly splendid artwork renders a magisterial if incomplete portrait of the administration, and his breathtaking photography records what Edward Steichen called "the gamut of feelings on the human face." Historian Douglas Brinkley provides a brief introduction to this most impressive collection.--Michael A. Genovese, Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Adult/High School-As the official White House photographer from 1993 to 1998, McNeely had free access to document the Clinton Administration. From the 20,000 rolls of film he shot, he offers 200 of his best candid photos, all black and white. They show a wide range of presidential activities, from speech-writing sessions and meetings with world leaders to private family moments. Only very brief captions accompany the central photo section, but further insights are provided in a lively introduction by historian Douglas Brinkley and an interesting afterword by McNeely himself. Unfortunately, this layout and the lack of an index challenge readers to appreciate fully the photographic qualities and stories inherent in the photos, and make it difficult to find specific subject matter. For example, one photo shows Clinton and Gore in a strikingly relaxed and personal moment with the Dalai Lama "in Vice President Gore's office." Over 100 pages later, another picture shows an uncomfortable-looking Clinton with the president of China in a highly formal meeting "in the Blue Room." Both are fascinating images, but to realize their full implications, or even to find them, readers must read both introduction and afterword, awkwardly flipping back and forth to the photos referred to in the texts. Still, whether it is simply browsed for its human interest, appreciated for its photographic art, or read and studied for the insight it provides into both history and photojournalism, this is a valuable resource for citizens, students, or photography buffs.- Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780935112610
Publisher:
Callaway Editions, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1900
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
11.88(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.17(d)

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