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Between Hope and History Hardcover – September 1, 1996


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  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE; 1st edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812929136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812929133
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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President Clinton offers his vision for the country as we enter the twenty-first century. The president sees the nation poised on the edge of what he calls "the age of possibility." With eloquence and clarity, he details the broad values of opportunity, responsibility, and community that he regards as critical to helping America meet its challenges in the years ahead. He also discusses the experience of his presidency - mistakes made, lessons learned, and unprecedented successes - and his plan to lead America into the next millennium.

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President Clinton offers his vision of America, as is required of all incumbents and challengers during an election year. This work is better than the usual puffery written to produce votes through a rosy assessment of one's performance. Certainly, the president can be questioned about a number of his assertions. Have more and better jobs been created? Are there more police officers on patrol? Will the new welfare reform bill succeed without day-care and jobs provisions? However, he clearly articulates his agenda in a style reminiscent of his best speeches. Clinton's plans for environmental protection, deficit reduction, expanded educational and training opportunities, public/private partnerships, and peace and security are worthy of bipartisan support. But presidents are judged on their achievements far more than on their plans and visions. Recommended for public libraries. Purchase as demand warrants.?Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, Pa.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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William Jefferson Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States. Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in United States history. President Clinton's core values of building community, creating opportunity, and demanding responsibility resulted in unprecedented progress for America, including moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; the creation of over 22 million jobs--more than any other administration; low levels of unemployment, poverty, and crime; and the highest home ownership and college enrollment rates in history. After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. His Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. He served as the UN Envoy for Tsunami Recovery and is now the UN Special Envoy to Haiti.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. Atwell on July 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In former-President Clinton's "Between Hope and History" he discusses topics ranging from crime to globalization to education reform to the pride of being an American and living in the best democratic model of governance in the world. The book is very inspirational. My favorite quote is on page 175; "I believe that America today stands between hope and history---at the edge of a moment when these two powerful forces are as one, when we can embrace the dawn of the new century, drawing strength and guidance from our past, filled with confidence that in this new age of possibility, our best is yet to come."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ADP on July 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Clinton will not go down in history as a great politcal writer, but this book is a reasonably good summary of his political philosophy, ideas, and goals. My favorite quote: "Even in a free society, real choices exist only if people have the capacity to take advantage of them." The right-wing Clinton-haters can write all the bad reviews of this book they want, but if they actually read it, they might not find it to be so horrible.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Lee Howe (askdan@msn.com) on August 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I've read President Clinton's book three times and I've studied it very carefully. It clearly covers his presidency since his inauguration,and also resumes his vision and objectives for the 21st century.
Clinton covers also almost any topics that touched his political career,but there is the lack of one thing: what will be America's role in the 21st century when it comes to space exploration? Anyhow, this books is clear, straight-to-the-point's Clinton's style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karl Hamm on February 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
this book sums up bill lcintons thought and views on many issues that are important. He has some interesting observations about how we have the power to impove ourselves with our power.
it is written in his smooth style and is an easy read. I don't think he used any speech writers with this book. I really felt his passion of his convictions here. I hope he can keep busy now he is out of office.
he uses some form of the word "is" 104 times in the book, soIguess he now kwos what the word means.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas K. Ng on June 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Although the chance of ANYONE purchasing this book now it near zilch, I will offer a comment on Pres. Clinton's essay nonetheless. For some reason, I have the impression that the release of the book for for no more reason than to increase his political presence. The content of the essay seems to stuff that "we want to hear" and a summary of glory points during his first term. I really don't think a book of that quality should have been printed and SOLD. If anything it shouldn've been given out for free. It served as a way for Bill to sell himself again. I guess it worked, but I did not find much of the book worth reading. I am a second year college student in DC, and damn, after going through a third of the book, I was bored and felt like our president just wasted a few hours of my time. If there's anything interesting that you want to know about Bill, don't look for it in this book. It is completely filled with "controlled" content and does nothing to give you a real picture of what's in Bill's head. You might as well read the news, watch the tube, and listen to the horror stories of his extra-marital life. This book isn't worth buying, even it is WAS written by the president. That was my initial reason and now I'm kicking myself for wasting the money. Kind of like how I'm pissed that we have to pay tax on our income and then tax again on anything we buy. If you look at how the text was stretched out, as other readers have mentioned, you will see that this book tries to put form before substance. This book offers anything but truth: you can F E E L it all through the book, the manipulative use of argument. Check out |The Argument Culture| by Deborah Tannen for more this stuff. Seriously, I'd rather read something by MONICA LEWINSKI, at least you'll get some truth there. Or see BULLWORTH.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By slider on June 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The world's busiest man took enough time out of his schedule to give us this excellent book. It's well worth a read. Imagine if W could write and be President at the same time. Hell, he can't even read speeches prepared by others. Bush's arrival showed us just how great President Clinton was, and is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Walker on March 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
16 years after its publishing, this book is still a relevant look into the issues faced by modern Americans. Bill Clinton brings a pragmatism to the world of politics that Washington needs more of today.
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Format: Hardcover
During his administration of President Bill Clinton, the U.S. enjoyed more peace and economic well being than at any time in its history as unemployment and inflation were at their lowest rates in decades. The book, written with Clinton consultant William E. Nothdurft, is Clinton's second book as he also co-authored the book Putting People First with his running mate Al Gore during his presidential campaign in 1992.

The U.S. was at a pivotal stage during the presidential election of 1996 between incumbent Democrat Bill Clinton and Republican challenger Bob Dole. Clinton had taken office in 1992, inheriting a staggering U.S. economy, a huge national debt, and a country fed up with many of its politicians and demanding change. Third party candidate Ross Perot had received 19% of the vote in 1992, showing how Americans were not satisfied with the two major parties. During Clinton's first term there were successes and failures, but his determination for reform kept his approval ratings high. Through various welfare reforms and economic policies, inflation and the unemployment rate dropped to their lowest numbers in years. Clinton's administration was the first to cut he deficit in all four years since the 1840s, all while strengthening social programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and helping finance higher education for many. He fought hard to finally pass a balanced budget. The Republicans won control of Congress in the mid-term elections and spoiled some of what Clinton wanted to get done, but still much was achieved his first term.
As 1996 arrived Americans were in transition, both at home and abroad.
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