William P. Clark served as National Security Advisor and Secretary of the Interior during Ronald Reagan's two terms as President, sharing an uncanny bond with the Gipper as well as his peculiar gift for succeeding at high office with few formal credentials and little prior experience. This uncritical look at Clark posits that his apparent simplicity, like Reagan's, belied a deep sagacity that proves how common sense and sound judgment trumps narrow intellectualism and left-wing sophistry. Author Kengor (God and Hillary Clinton) and historian Doerner make no secret of their admiration, crediting Clark for his unswerving loyalty to Reagan's vision of communism while other of his advisors fought against the hard-line approach to the Soviets, calling economic sanctions and the "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative ill-advised, and the Cold War unwinnable. These little-seen inter-administration struggles make up this volume's most informative and intriguing parts; otherwise, this career biography offers readers a sympathetic, largely anecdotal record of the Reagan White House.
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Readers of this book will see that Bill Clark not only served Ronald Reagan as counsel, close advisor, and friend, but at times as a form of conscience. This is not only a great book about Bill Clark but a great book about my dad. No one who worked for Ronald Reagan knew him like Bill Clark, and that fact comes through in this book. I learned more about my dad in this biography than probably any other. The Judge is not only informative and eye-opening but a riveting read. I couldn't put it down --Michael Reagan, President Ronald Reagan's son
It's now more than time that Bill Clark get full recognition for all that he did with and for Ronald Reagan. He was one of the most influential people in Washington.... He was enormously important in the achievement of the President's goals and his success -- including during the governor years -- but that's generally not known today. --Casper "Cap" Weinberger, Former Secretary of Defense
With the coming of The Judge we now have the definitive Reagan-era biography ... Judge Clark was Ronald Reagan's only real friend and soul-mate. These two men operated on the same wavelength for thirty years....Best of all, the insights into key movements of Reagan history is unique. No one else had the access. This is the definitive history. Do not miss it; its a great read. --T. C. Reed, Former Air Force Secretary and author, At the Abyss: An Insider's History of the Cold War
This is an excellent book about a man with more common sense than most people have and a conscience to go along with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Macan
William P. Clark Esq. "The Judge" was a personal friend of mine and one of the most remarkable men I have met. Read morePublished 12 months ago by George Magladry
Bill Clark is someone to admire and emulate. Although rarely in the spotlight, his efforts contributed mightily to what's become known as the Reagan Revolution. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Noel A. Black
This is a very interesting bio of a man I doubt many of us knew much about. That "the judge" played so significant a role in the gubernatorial and presidential career of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Raymond G. Meyers
Not quite the tell all I was hoping. Maybe his kids will write the full story now that he passed. I bought one used for $2. Read morePublished 23 months ago by A. TRINIDADE
I loved the book,but,by the time my purchase went through I paid seven more dollars than was advertized. I was a little disappointed.Published 23 months ago by Nina Reichley