• The Clinton Tapes

  • Wrestling History with the President
  • By: Taylor Branch
  • Narrated by: Taylor Branch
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-15-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (43 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking book about the modern presidency, The Clinton Tapes invites readers into private dialogue with a gifted, tormented, resilient President of the United States. Here is what President Clinton thought and felt but could not say in public. This book rests upon a secret project, initiated by Clinton, to preserve for future historians an unfiltered record of presidential experience. During his eight years in office, between 1993 and 2001, Clinton answered questions and told stories in the White House, usually late at night. His friend Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch recorded 79 of these dialogues to compile a trove of raw information about a presidency as it happened. Clinton drew upon the diary transcripts for his memoir in 2004.
Branch recorded his own detailed recollections immediately after each session, covering not only the subjects discussed but also the look and feel of each evening with the president. The text engages Clinton from many angles. Readers hear candid stories, feel buffeting pressures, and weigh vivid descriptions of the White House settings.
Branch's firsthand narrative is confessional, unsparing, and personal. The author admits straying at times from his primary role -- to collect raw material for future historians -- because his discussions with Clinton were unpredictable and intense. What should an objective prompter say when the President of the United States seeks advice, argues facts, or lodges complaints against the press? The dynamic relationship that emerges from these interviews is both affectionate and charged, with flashes of anger and humor. President Clinton drives the history, but this story is also about friends.
©2009 Taylor Branch (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By Capt. on 11-07-09

The Clinton Tapes

I think the author (Taylor Branch) did a wonderful job capturing many behind the scenes aspects of the Clinton years in the White House, both personally and professionally. Also, I give credit to the President for having the guts to trust Mr. Branch with such intimate details of his private life.
Additionally, the author deserves many cudos for his strong journalistic compass, balanced treatment of the material, and laudable ethical example for others who have close access to Presidents...not to breach their sacred trusts by writing kiss and tell stories...attempting to get the last word on some issue or seeking their 15 minutes of fame and fortune!
Capt. Roy

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5 out of 5 stars
By brian on 04-24-15

Conversations with a post-Cold War President.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Clinton Tapes to be better than the print version?

It was good, but pitty it was the abridged version.

What other book might you compare The Clinton Tapes to and why?

Afraid I can't think of any book to compare it to.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not quite sure to be honest.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I didn't know Bill Clinton often smoked cigars, let alone played cards.

Any additional comments?


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