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For Love of Politics by Sally Bedell Smith

For Love of Politics

by Sally Bedell Smith

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Sally Bedell Smith uses this book to examine the intertwined personal and professional lives of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife. The author developed his book from private papers, public records, and interviews with government officials to explain the couple relationship. And with all the other works out there, it does a good job of giving us some insight into the couple that many other books have missed.

This fresh look shows us the inner workings of the West Wing between the president, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore. And the rivalry that existed between Hillary and the vice-president. It also re-enforces how passion for politics sustained Bill and Hillary through one crisis after another. This book seems to compliment the other books that have been written and gives both the strengths and weaknesses of this powerful couple. ( )
1 vote mramos | Feb 14, 2010 |
More Clinton bashing. Smith thinks that if one repeats nonsense enough it must be true! ( )
1 vote | allenkl | Jan 8, 2008 |
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Bill Clinton’s run for the presidency was a triumph of political skill, luck, intelligence, deception, resilience, and sheer endurance. It was a flawed victory in some crucial respects. His behavior had created doubts about his character, and he antagonized many potential allies. National political reporters were dazzled by Bill and Hillary’s talent but also disillusioned by their apparent disingenuousness and inability to be forthright about themselves and their plans for the presidency.
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During their eight years in the White House, Bill and Hillary Clinton worked together more closely than the public ever knew. Their intertwined personal and professional lives had far-reaching consequences--for politics, domestic policy, and international affairs--and their marital troubles became a national soap opera. Based on access to scores of Clinton insiders--cabinet officers, top administration officials, close personal friends--and analysis of previously unavailable private papers, this is the first book to explain the dynamics of their relationship, showing that they are two halves of a unique whole and that it is impossible to understand one Clinton without factoring in the other. Smith examines the origins of an unconventional copresidency, explains the impact of the Clintons' tensions as well as their talents, and offers intimate scenes from the marriage, with new details and insights into how a passion for politics sustained Bill and Hillary through one crisis after another.--From publisher description.… (more)

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