Martin Walker's critical biography of Bill Clinton focuses on the president as a classic figure of America's post-World War II meritocracy, a poor boy from the segregated old South who won scholarships to elite universities and became a lawyer fascinated by the process and the power of government. Walker also unearths a private life that has resonated to the rhythmic clichés of a country-and-western song: Clinton's father died in a car wreck before he was born; his mother buried three husbands and married two more; his stepdaddy beat his mother and fired gunshots into the bedroom walls; one brother went to jail; and his own marriage tottered under the pain he admitted inflicting upon it. This president's background is as grittily American as the woeful tales that wail from jukeboxes in bars across the land. He is Bubba with brains, a redneck with a Rhodes scholarshipAmerica at her most raw, and most cultivated. And his first term has been unpredictable, volatile, and fascinating. Martin Walker shows us the why, the how, and the future of the Clinton administration.
|Publisher:||Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.45(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Martin Walker is the U.S. Bureau Chief for Britain's Guardian and is a regular commentator for CNN, CBC, National Public Radio, Monitor Radio, and the BBC. He also writes a regular column for the Los Angeles Times and is an occasional contributor to the New York Times and the Washington Post. He lives in Washington, D.C.