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My Life | [Bill Clinton]

My Life

President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in 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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Bill Clinton built his political career by explaining, persuading, and building rapport. He did it with world leaders, politicians, and the American people. He does it here, building a bond with listeners as he shares his perspective on the past 50 years of history - his and the country's. We've chosen the abridged edition over the unabridged, because hearing Clinton's give voice to his own story is a unique experience. His well known grasp of details and his charm come across in every chapter. —Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts to serving the public.

It shows us the progress of a remarkable American, who made the unlikely journey from Hope, Arkansas, to the White House.

President Clinton's audiobook is also the most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, encompassing not only the high points and crises but the way the presidency actually works.

It is the gripping account of a president under concerted and unrelenting assault orchestrated by his enemies on the Far Right and how he survived and prevailed.

It is a treasury of moments caught alive, among them:

  • The roller-coaster ride of the 1992 campaign
  • The extraordinarily frank exchanges with Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole
  • The cost, both public and private, of the scandal that threatened the presidency

    Here is the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions, told openly, directly, in his own completely recognizable voice.

    ©2004 Bill Clinton; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

  • What the Critics Say

    • Audie Awards Audiobook of the Year, 2005
    • Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2004

    "My Life is, by a generous measure, the richest American presidential autobiography, no other book tells us as vividly or fully what it is like to be president of the United States for eight years." (The New York Times Book Review)

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      Njm 07-19-09
      Njm 07-19-09 Member Since 2014
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      "A Great American President, A Great American Read"

      You must listen to the version that he reads - he is entertaining and insightful; emotional and inspiring. Another required read for all Americans.

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Mark Payton 05-13-07
      Mark Payton 05-13-07
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      "My Life - reviewed"

      I found this book interesting,and engaging. It is useful as a historical review of the events during this President's administration. However, the review is very "surface level". There is very little depth to any of the commentary or review. There were so many events, developments and strategies during his administration, about which I craved incite, or detail; including the Monica Lewinski issue. The President offered very little incite on any of this history.

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Jacquie A Cleveland Rusagonis, NB, CA 03-25-07
      Jacquie A Cleveland Rusagonis, NB, CA 03-25-07 Member Since 2011
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      "My Life by Bill Clinton"

      This shows an interesting review of politics from Bill Clinton's perspective plus enough of his personal life to keep the reader interested. If you're interested in getting a beginner's perspective on American politics, this is a good read. If not, then you'll find the book about an hour too long. Overall a good read and an insight into how Bill sees himself.

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Cheryl Pleasant Hill, CA, USA 04-13-05
      Cheryl Pleasant Hill, CA, USA 04-13-05 Member Since 2005
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      "Interesting Introduction to Political Biography"

      This was my first political autobiography in years and I enjoyed it. The President's selection of topics left me with a feeling of "holes" - maybe I should have selected the unabridge version. I've downloaded Mrs. Clinton's book, maybe it will provide additional insights to the President's political life as well as a look into her own.
      As a non-fiction book I have to give it credit for keeping me engaged.

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Barbara 02-14-05
      Barbara 02-14-05 Member Since 2004
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      "Fabulous for an abridged reading"

      I would have given 5 stars if it had been an unabridged reading! So disappointing not to get all the details of an unabridged read by the author's own voice. This book should, and I hope, shall be on lists of required reading for students. I only wish we could have had him for a 3rd term. How many lives need not have been lost.

      This book gives me hope for the future of our country, that the programs he has established will give us another such talented and dedicated leader.




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      Kathleen east burke, VT, USA 10-24-04
      Kathleen east burke, VT, USA 10-24-04
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      "my life"

      I was captivated by President Clinton and how brutily honest, and HUMBLE he was. I believe that many people in our culure would benefit from learning about his journey, and how many people have such similar life situations, yet dealt with them far worse ways than President Clinton did. I have learned in life that it is so unwise to judge someone unless you have walked in their shoes, yet we have all judged him on tales from the media, and the other party trying to expose his faults. Well, guess what? we all have faults. It takes a big man to admitt his faults and so his humanity. I so loved this book! And he reads it himself....even better!

      5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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      Phil Hastings, NY, USA 10-14-04
      Phil Hastings, NY, USA 10-14-04
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      "Engaging listen"

      I generally like UNabridged books, but sadly, Mr. Clinton only read the abridged version. I highly recommend this. Had he done the UNabridged version, I'd recommend that, but this book needs to be told by the author.

      5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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      Jennifer East Stroudsburg, PA, USA 08-09-04
      Jennifer East Stroudsburg, PA, USA 08-09-04
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      "A good read!"

      I recommended this book to several of my friends and family. This is a fascinating insight into Bill Clinton the man and the politician, and I was particularly interested in hearing about his upbringing and entry into politics. Narration by the author added to this book's appeal.

      5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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      Richard Forrest 08-03-04 Member Since 2013
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      "To bad it is abridged"

      Great autobioagraphy - well written and an enjoyable listen. Clinton offers insight into his politics, political career and personal life that give the listener the opportunity to gain knowledge of what it is to be the President of the United States. Whether you agree with his politics or not, it is a must for anyone intrested in American Politics. My only reget is that it is abridged - otherwise I would have given it 5 stars. I hope that the publisher will produce an unabridged version of the book!

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Ronald APO AE, 0, Germany 07-10-04
      Ronald APO AE, 0, Germany 07-10-04
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      "Typical memoir"

      This was a great listen for hearing Bill Clinton's view of his Presidency. He covers things interestingly and is an eliquent speaker. He covers quickly the negative portions and glides past or totally skips others.

      I will give this book three stars because it is well written and Bill Clinton is both intellectual and a great story teller. You will have to read a book that is critical of him to achieve a balanced view.

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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