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I can now see how Bill Clinton was so successful as President. He has the ability to persuade and make you like him, no matter what he does. He had a tough childhood that put a resolve and strength in him that made him a survivor. He married a woman who would push him farther than we would think possible. He made political hay out of her and turned Hillary into an asset rather than a political liability. He was the governor or a small backwoods state with little other experience and catapulted it into the Presidency through his sheer charm and willpower. Whether you like Clinton or not, he will come out as a different character when you get done reading this book. His revelations about Monica and his reasons (excuses) do not give much new insight into a possibly disastrous situation and he puts it into the context it belongs - as a minor failure by a man with an ego a little too big for his own good. He expands on his personal flogging and begging for forgiveness far more than the episode itself. It would have been interesting to know if there were any political deals struck with Hillary to help her endure this embarrassment, but I'm sure we will never know that whole story. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you need to read this book. It will not only tell you about the man, but give you insight into the time we have all lived through.
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This is a long book. It's split up into two volumes, after all. As the title suggests, it's about Bill Clinton's life, all of it. You need to know that going in.
Assuming you can accept that, I heartily recommend this production. There is so much insight into politics that you are bound to learn something new. The story takes a long time to build, but it would be diminished if it was streamlined. When then end of the book arrives, it is difficult not to be affected by it all.
Also, Michael Beck does a wonderful job narrating in a voice so near Clinton's, you'll forget that it's not him.
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