The Presidency of Bill Clinton: The Legacy of a New Domestic and Foreign Policy by Mark White
The presidency of Bill Clinton has an intrinsic historical significance: a marker of generational change, as he was the first "baby boomer" to reach the White House; the first president whose personal life received no less attention than his policies; and the first elected Democrat President to win re-election since Franklin Roosevelt.
This book provides wide-ranging coverage of Clinton's career, addressing the salient aspects of Clinton's life in politics: his governorship; the 1992 presidential campaign; the battle for health care reform; his economic policies; the issue of character, including the Monica Lewinsky scandal; his foreign policy – specifically his role in the peace process in Northern Ireland and in authorizing an aerial war in Kosovo; his handling of the issue of gay rights; and his relationship with the Hollywood film industry.
Based on the latest research, this volume provides important new perspectives on Clinton's life in politics. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in American History, Politics, and International Relations.
Mark White is Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of six books, including Missiles in Cuba: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro, and the 1962 Crisis (1997), Kennedy: The New Frontier Revisited, ed. (1998), and Against the President: Dissent and Decision-Making in the White House (2007). He is Convenor of the Queen Mary Seminar Series on America, has been appointed Associate Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Americas (at the University of London) and to the advisory board for the United States Presidency Centre, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Table of Contents
Introduction • The Fall and Rise of Governor Clinton • Campaigning for President: The Rocky Road to the White House • The Clinton Character Conundrum • A New Democrat and a New Economics • The Third Way Defeated: Health Care Reform Revisited • Gay Rights: The Clarion Call, the Muted Trumpet, the Lasting Impact • Diplomacy in Northern Ireland: Successful Pragmatic International Engagement • The Aerial War in Kosovo • Courting the Hollywood Film Industry • Bibliography