The Truth to Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House

The Truth to Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House

by Benjamin R. Barber
     
 

In 1994 Benjamin R. Barber was invited by President Clinton to participate in a seminar on the future of democratic ideas and ideals. Following their meeting, Barber became an informal consultant to the Clinton White House, working with a president who proved to be an astonishing listener open to a variety of ideas. Barber's experiences were unexpected and

Overview

In 1994 Benjamin R. Barber was invited by President Clinton to participate in a seminar on the future of democratic ideas and ideals. Following their meeting, Barber became an informal consultant to the Clinton White House, working with a president who proved to be an astonishing listener open to a variety of ideas. Barber's experiences were unexpected and enlightening-the most unpredictable being his interactions with the president himself.

Barber's meditation on Bill Clinton's tenure in office offers a balanced and complex portrait of the Clinton administration, especially in its relationship to America's intellectual and scholarly community. Barber also identifies the true faultlines of power that future candidates must negotiate if they are to win an election. For this edition, Barber has written a new afterword reflecting on Clinton's "vision" problem, his controversial role in shaping today's Democratic Party, and his efforts to confront the challenges of interdependence and terrorism. He concludes with a provocative assessment of Hillary Clinton as a Democratic primary candidate in the battle for the presidency.

Editorial Reviews

Alan Wolfe

Benjamin R. Barber writes persuasively about how Bill Clinton's mind works, not as an intellectual in the learned sense of the term, but as a brilliant synthesizer who can express the essential points of any argument that engages his attention. Barber believes, against the grain of conventional wisdom, that Clinton 'is a man whose democratic career is long from over.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231144391
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/30/2008
Series:
Columbia Studies in Political Thought / Political History Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Benjamin R. Barber is distinguished senior fellow at Demos and the author of the international bestseller Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism are Reshaping the World.

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