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Clinton approaches the story of his youth with gusto, sharing tales of giant watermelons, nine-pound tumors, a charging ram, famous mobsters and jazz musicians, and a BB gun standoff. He offers an equally energetic portrait of American history, pop culture, and the evolving political landscape, covering the historical events that shaped his early years (namely the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and JFK) and the events that shaped his presidency (Waco, Bosnia, Somalia). What makes My Life remarkable as a political memoir is how thoroughly it is infused with Clinton's unassuming, charmingly pithy voice:
I learned a lot from the stories my uncle, aunts, and grandparents told me: that no one is perfect but most people are good; that people can't be judged only by their worst or weakest moments; that harsh judgments can make hypocrites of us all; that a lot of life is just showing up and hanging on; that laughter is often the best, and sometimes the only, response to pain.
However, that same voice might tire readers as Clinton applies his penchant for minute details to a distractible laundry list of events, from his youth through the years of his presidency. Not wanting to forget a single detail that might help account for his actions, Clinton overdoes it--do we really need to know the name of his childhood barber? But when Clinton sticks to the meat of his story--recollections about Mother, his abusive stepfather, Hillary, the campaign trail, and Kenneth Starr--the veracity of emotion and Kitchen Confidential-type revelations about "what it is like to be President" make My Life impossible to put down.
To Clinton, "politics is a contact sport," and while he claims that My Life is not intended to make excuses or assign blame, it does portray him as a fighter whose strategy is to "take the first hit, then counterpunch as hard as I could." While My Life is primarily a stroll through Clinton's memories, it is also a scathing rebuke--a retaliation against his detractors, including Kenneth Starr, whose "mindless search for scandal" protected the guilty while "persecuting the innocent" and distracted his Administration from pressing international matters (including strikes on al Qaeda). Counterpunch indeed.
At its core, My Life is a charming and intriguing if flawed book by an equally intriguing and flawed man who had his worst failures and humiliations made public. Ultimately, the man who left office in the shadow of scandal offers an honest and open account of his life, allowing readers to witness his struggle to "drain the most out of every moment" while maintaining the character with which he was raised. It is a remarkably intimate, persuasive look at the boy he was, the President he became, and man he is today. --Daphne Durham --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Amazing biography by the president Clinton. It shows you the life of normal person and how later he became a successful president of the U.S.APublished 1 month ago by Ammar Tajeddin
fantastic!!! this seller went out of his way to help me out!!! THANKSPublished 1 month ago by Cathy K.
This book should have been titled, 'My Lies and Deceptions'. Or, 'Cheating is Easy'. Hypocrite.Published 1 month ago by Wasted
An excellent work of fiction. No mafia connections, no drug running during Iran Contra, no trail of dead people, no suicides, no hits on ex inturns working at starbucks. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roger Waller
I did not have sexual relations with that woman.
I did not rape Juanita Broaddrick.
I did not expose myself to Paula Jones. Read more
..."consists of getting rich and powerful... and bagging as many women as I can before Viagra stops working for me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ChillyWiIlly
Quite easy to read. I think it could have been about 200 pages shorter. Not really necessary to go into SO much detail about everything.Published 2 months ago by elaine patton
This was a gift to my Mother also......She read alot of it and put it down when he got too wordy, as she said..........Published 3 months ago by Pamela Tallman
I found this book and its attention to detail to be an eye-opener into the day to day life of a political leader. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Harold Dann