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Clintonomics: How Bill Clinton Reengineered the Reagan Revolution Hardcover – March 25, 2009

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Political scientist Godwin presents Bill Clinton’s ideas on power, strategy, and twenty-first-century statecraft from the viewpoint of the presidency. With his research involving thousands of documents and transcripts, Godwin explains that while Clinton positioned himself as the antidote for Reaganomics, his governing philosophy was the logical outcome of the Reagan Revolution. We learn of President Reagan’s political influence on Clinton, including balancing the budget and welfare reform. Godwin notes that Clinton returned the country to fiscal discipline and ended big government, both principles that Reagan supported. The author seeks to illuminate the similarities between Reagan and Clinton, contending that they were separated more by political party than by political ideology. Hoping to spur debate about the legacies of these great leaders, the author states, “Clinton succeeded where Reagan failed by transcending the simplistic debate between liberals who want to expand government and conservatives who want to starve it to death. No doubt, some of Reagan’s admirers will disagree.” No doubt. --Mary Whaley

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"well-researched...Mr. Godwin is onto something..."

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"Barack Obama does have something to learn from Bill Clinton and 'Clintonomics.'”

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (March 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814413986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814413982
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Godwin is the author of three non-fiction books and a spy novel set at the end of the Cold War, the golden age of spy fiction. He has a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Hawaii, an MBA in international business from San Francisco State University, and a BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a five-time Fulbright scholar, part-time handyman, and life-time member of the American Philatelic Society.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brainz516 on April 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I view the Clinton Administration rather favorably, but I was still hoping for something more critical. Godwin makes some interesting points, but frames his arguments in more political flourish than statistical analysis. Also, the title was a bit misleading to me. I thought it would focus more on the substance of the Clinton presidency and how it compared to Reagan (especially in regard to economic policy); however, Godwin's main purpose seems to be to explain and compare the ideology of both presidents more than their actions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gderf on October 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book starts with a self serving foreword by failed insurance commissioner John Garamendi. There are good short out-takes on Rousseau, Locke, Keynes and others, although their connection with Clinton is doubtful. Godwin, deploring supply side economics, says Clinton succeeded where Reagan failed. He has forgotten the cold war and the memory of the housing bubble, welfare reform, and energy regulation as well as Monica. He characterizes Clinton policy as a barrel of spaghetti which even Clinton failed to unravel.
He accuses political opponents of character assassination.

There is much more excluded from the book than included. Clinton was the president who squandered the peace dividend, failed in carrying out health care legislation, made options gains with dubious broker relationships and, on leaving the White House, took everything that wasn't nailed down. He celebrated the repeal of Glass-Steagal legislation, declined to regulate the SWAPS insurance market, and flooded the real estate market with cash via Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac in the name of the great American dream of home ownership. He rendered himself irrelevant by dalliance with Monica and Jennifer. He will be remembered as a smart guy who couldn't define sex. But he didn't inhale.

There's nothing wrong with Clinton's stated goals of growing the middle while shrinking the underclass and not spending money we don't have, saying growth of debt relinquishes economic control. Unfortunately the statement was not reflective of resultant policy, either by Clinton or his successors. The concluding chapter claiming a bridge to the future is mis-titled. It's mostly revisiting the past. Clinton's advocated "third way" claims a balanced budget, smaller government, reduction of inequality, and investment in education and technology. It's all the platitudes of both parties.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Robinson on May 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great read. "Clintonomics" analysis on Clinton Economic Policy Philosophy is thorough and important to our current economic situation. Great Read.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick on July 6, 2010
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Jack Godwin explains the complexity of the Bill Clinton's Presidency. Excluding "Monica-gate," He explains how important President Clinton was.
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