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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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For Love of Politics:
Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years
, by Sally Bedell Smith



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    from For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years by Sally Bedell Smith, published Oct. 23, 2007 (number of quotes indicated):
  • Al Gore (4)
  • Bill Clinton (12)
  • Hillary Clinton (22)
  • Ronald Regan (1)
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

Sally Bedell Smith's book, published in 2007, is a year-by-year account of how effectively Bill and Hillary work together to win elections, achieve political and policy goals, and contain scandal. In the author's own words, the book explores "how two intelligent, ambitious, and complex people confronted the challenges they faced in the White House, how they worked together and seperately, and how the push and pull of their marriage affected the presidency."

The main point of the book is the idea of "two for one," almost a co-presidency, and less overtly, both Bill's and Hillary's use of the word "we" when describing policy positions and achievements. As this idea is illustrated throughout the book, the different styles, personalities, and approaches of Bill and Hillary are explored. Bill is depicted as a people-pleaser who avoided direct confrontation (though he sometimes had an explosive temper in private), and Hillary is more of a stern disciplinarian type.

Bedell uses the "two for one" framework to describe election strategy, President Clinton's domestic and foreign policy agenda, Hillary's efforts to reform health care, and investigations ranging from Whitewater to Monica Lewinsky. In addition, Bill Clinton's relationships with other women and how they have impacted his career are discussed, including a long description of the Monica Lewinsky episode (including sexual details). Bedell also describes Hillary's successful campaign in New York to become a Senator, and the book ends with the idea that Hillary's run for the presidency is a continuation of the same mission—"high political office, a Democratic agenda, the accumulation of power, and the pursuit of the Clinton legacy"—even though Bill and Hillary had reversed roles.

-- Naomi Lichtenberg, naomi@OnTheIssues.org, March 2008

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Bill Clinton: 1995: Bill supported balancing budget in 10 years.
Civil Rights
    Hillary Clinton: Hillary wanted Bill’s cabinet to “Look Like America”.
    Hillary Clinton: 1998: Hillary predicted female President in near future.
Corporations
    Hillary Clinton: Outraged at CEO compensation.
Education
    Hillary Clinton: Hillary emphasized education reform without political agenda.
Families & Children
    Hillary Clinton: Served as chairman of the Children's Defense Fund.
Foreign Policy
    Hillary Clinton: Advocated using force in Bosnia as Bill’s top advisor.
    Hillary Clinton: Supported strong funding for international development.
Free Trade
    Hillary Clinton: Though Bill supported it, Hillary opposed NAFTA.
Health Care
    Hillary Clinton: Hillary appointed 8 days after inauguration to health cmte.
    Hillary Clinton: Worked on education & welfare in Arkansas but not healthcare.
    Hillary Clinton: Condemns insurers as motivated by greed.
Homeland Security
    Bill Clinton: Response to 1993 World Trade Center bombing muted.
Principles & Values
    Al Gore: Written agreement with Bill Clinton assigning V.P. duties.
    Al Gore: Friendly with Hillary in 1992; until healthcare taskforce.
    Al Gore: Gore’s influence inevitably diminished due to co-presidency.
    Al Gore: 2000: no Bill Clinton campaigning to dissociate from scandal.
    Bill Clinton: Hillary more important as presidential adviser than Al Gore.
    Bill Clinton: 1992: This is not an arrangement; this is a marriage.
    Bill Clinton: 1992: Applied Reagan's method to his presidential transition.
    Bill Clinton: 1998: Group of Democratic Senators asked Bill to resign.
    Bill Clinton: OpEd: Savors the sheer joy of the political game.
    Bill Clinton: Self-styled ‘New Democrat’ to separate himself from liberals.
    Bill Clinton: Bill’s “let me think about it” meant “I’ll ask Hillary”.
    Bill Clinton: Ambivalent about 2000 victory after Gore distanced himself.
    Hillary Clinton: 1998: Unforeseen turning point when Moynihan resigned.
    Hillary Clinton: Mastered public speaking in high school.
    Hillary Clinton: 1992: I'm not just standing by my man like Tammy Wynette.
    Hillary Clinton: OpEd: Bill and Hillary together are "force multipliers".
    Hillary Clinton: Purpose of politics is to gain power and enact programs.
    Hillary Clinton: I don't do spontaneity.
    Hillary Clinton: Stumble of “baking cookies” was moment of authenticity.
    Hillary Clinton: Hillary and Bill made joint decisions during presidency.
    Hillary Clinton: Key to Bill & Hillary’s marriage is shared love of politics.
    Hillary Clinton: Gives guest church sermon: “What It Means to be a Methodist”.
    Ronald Regan: 1,000 people worked on presidential transition for 7 months.
Social Security
    Hillary Clinton: 1997: Hillary warned against privatizing Social Security.
Tax Reform
    Bill Clinton: Reneged on promise to address "forgotten middle class".
War & Peace
    Bill Clinton: 1991:Claimed he wasn't drafted; 1992: induction notice found.


The above quotations are from For Love of Politics:
Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years
, by Sally Bedell Smith.
     

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