“Chafe understands, as do too few historians and biographers, that the personal and public lives of political figures cannot be separated . . . [and he] is quite right to insist that the stories of Bill and Hillary Clinton prove the point.”
—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
“Riveting . . . Chafe sees clearly what we who were there, chronicling the Clintons in real time, missed.”
—David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe
“The strength of this book lies in Chafe’s reconstruction of the Clinton’s early lives and the way their connection affected the decisions Bill Clinton made as Governor of Arkansas and as President . . . [Bill and Hillary is] a welcome reminder of the great promise that the Clinton “co-presidency” initially held, and of the attributes, from Clinton’s intellect to his willingness to engage on racial issues and his ability to connect with people, that made those of us who saw him sworn in truly believe, for a time, in ‘a place called Hope.’”
—The Toronto Star
“Chafe . . . delivers a superior portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An engaging look at the personal relationship behind one of the most powerful political marriages in the nation’s history.”
“An illuminating glimpse behind the scenes.”
“General readers and political junkies will enjoy this reasoned account.”
“Not since Franklin and Eleanor has a power couple in the White House fascinated the public as much as Bill and Hillary. How did their personal journeys—especially their marriage—shape the Clinton years? For those of us who worked with the Clintons, this book, by one of the nation’s best historians, brings a keen eye and fresh insights to the intersection of their personalities and their exercise of power.”
—David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and adviser to four U.S. presidents
“A fascinating analysis of how Bill and Hillary Clinton’s different family backgrounds and complicated marital history shaped their political fortunes. William H. Chafe documents how the personal relationship between these two brilliant but flawed individuals created blind spots and self-defeating behaviors that often undermined their ability to further the political and ethical goals they sincerely supported. Beautifully written.”
—Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s
“In this mesmerizing account, one of the most astute historians of our era pulls back the curtain on the struggles and passions of the world’s most powerful couple. William H. Chafe takes readers behind the scenes to reveal Bill and Hillary as they have never been seen before.”
—Elaine Tyler May, author of America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation
“In electrifying fashion, William H. Chafe reveals that the key to understanding the Clinton presidency is the tortuous relationship between Bill and Hillary. He shows that the First Lady’s domination of the president because of his sexual misadventures brought about the failures of his first years in office, but also steeled him to survive subsequent disasters, conspicuously the Monica Lewinsky affair. For any reader seeking to unravel the Byzantine politics of the 1990s, Chafe’s book is indispensable.”
—William E. Leuchtenburg, author of In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama
“Only a writer as gifted as William H. Chafe could have written this splendid book. In luminous and page-turning prose, Bill and Hillary reveals how two strikingly independent individuals, each the product of difficult beginnings, together changed America and symbolized a new world for women. This is a deeply insightful and warmly empathetic portrait of personal ambition, a complicated marriage, and a powerful political partnership.”
—Alice Kessler-Harris, author of A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
William H. Chafe is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University and the former president of the Organization of American Historians. The author of numerous prizewinning books on civil rights, women’s history, and politics, he is best known, most recently, for The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II and Private Lives / Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in Modern America.
If the Clinton's are a fascinating couple, then this book is what you need to read.
This book examines the way politics affected the Clinton marriage and the way the marriage affected Mr. Clinton's political career.
I want to know how these people became the ultimate phonies but the author doesn't tell me.
Poorly written, all ideas taken from other sources, no new insights, totally slanted to the negative, like a gossip column.Very disappointingPublished 3 months ago by Julie Walls
Excellent disclosure of these two politicians...where is Romney when this country needs him.? Hopefully, he will run for office again..Published 7 months ago by Nancy J. Roehm
This book will tell you just about everything concerning Bill & Hillary, the bad & good. We all know politics to be a less than honest game & there is much in this book to prove... Read morePublished 8 months ago by cgo
This book is much more fascinating than I expected! I learned that Hillary knew about Bill's fondness for simultaneously maintaining multiple relationships with women, before they... Read morePublished 17 months ago by John L. Davis
The stories, assuming they are true, are shocking to me. It makes me wonder about supporting Hillary for President in 2016.Published 17 months ago by Jus' sayin
I suppose most authors of non-fiction have a difficult time separating their own personal views from those of the subjects they are covering, but I find that liberals fail... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Abe Krieger
Have learned a lot about their growing up, family issues, etc. one didn't know before, or may have suspected. Very interesting personalities that complement one another well.Published 23 months ago by Gabrilly
This book doesn't include anthing new about this couple. It does paint Hilary as a brilliant, strong, over-bearing- and not always, honorable person. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bee's Honey