President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided in early life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals. Here is the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions. Filled with fascinating moments and insights, it is told openly, directly, in President Clinton's completely recognizable voice.More
"Clinton's legendary charisma shines through in his reading, making this audiobook a rare treat." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bill Clinton's reading of My Life is the perfect way to experience the former president's voluminous memoir....Always a compelling, articulate speaker, Clinton is in his element." (AudioFile)
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Easier to listen to than to read
His life in his own voice
I listen to my audio books on my commute to and from work. This is one of the few books that i finished in back to back listens.
The book is all the more listenable as it is read by Clinton himself. The first part of his book is about his childhood and also the relationships within his own family, grandparents, mother, step father. While he claims he had a wonderful childhood, he doesnt hesitate to discuss the troubled parts either. I am from India and it is not common for our contemporary leaders to talk about as openly about the unvarnished parts of their personal lives.
Some topics tend to dominate the reading
-his not taking part in the vietnam war - and long justification and rationalisation of this
-his multiple legal tangles - whitewater, paula jones, ken starr etc
-the "uncooperative" republican party and especially newt gingrich
There is less said about the economy and his views regarding America's economic future (Clintons presidency saw multiple years with surplus budgets ), China , or radical fundamentalism.
I am unsure of the value of this book to an American, i found it a worthwhile listen for someone outside but interested.