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:
Here is the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions, told openly, directly, in his own signature style.
This is the first volume in the two-volume unabridged edition of My Life. Listen to My Life, Volume II (Unabridged).
©2004 Bill Clinton; (P)2004 Books on Tape
"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)
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.
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.
It was fascinating to get a better look at Bill Clinton the man. It was great to learn more about politics and policy. But even Bill Clinton couldn't make the dryest politics interesting to someone like me who has always found government studies and history boring. I'm trying, and this was a step in the right direction, but I did find myself drifting off to other places during parts of this very long book, and not missing at all what I had missed. Still this was a worthy listen and I don't regret having some new insight under my belt. And it turns out I like him a great deal more than I thought I did.
I'm two-thirds of the way through volume 1, and I'm thinking that the abridged version might have been more appropriate for the casual reader. Clinton's every word may be of interest to budding politicians and historians, but I'm tiring of the minutiae of how many votes he lost in a rural Arkansas county when he raised the fees for car tags and then how many he won back during his third gubernatorial campaign. With seemingly zero attempt at brevity, Clinton seems to be cataloging every event of his life and only occasionally provides some reflection on the events. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating autobiography of a charismatic leader.
I consider myself to be a huge Bill Clinton supporter, and really wanted to read this book. I passed up the abridged version because I thought the unabridged would be that much better! My goodness; about two hours into the book I was so incredibly tired of listening to absolutely meaningless stories about third cousins, getting stung by a bee while mowing the lawn, and drinking sweet tea at Sunday supper. I was incredibly disappointed. I fell asleep twice listening to it, and I finally decided that I made a bad purchase and just retired the book without finishing it. Don?t make the same mistake I did. If I had it all to do over again, I?d probably get the abridged version if for no other reason than Clinton reads it himself.
The depth of self disclosure of his early years alone makes this a volume well worth reading. Clinton stirs strong feelings, positive, negative, and sometimes both among the same person. This volume will help the reader understand his perspective.
Just a correction. It is the abridged (4 hour) version that is read by Bill Clinton in person. This one (complete 2-volume set) is done by a narrator.
I was keen on listening to Clinton's autobiography and gave it my best effort but I was only able to listen to the first part of the first volume before I became stupified by personal references. I would suggest the abridged version if you have the interest.
I just finished Volume 1. It stops when he gets elected to the White House in 92. It is very interesting and after listening I have forgiven him for Monica. But I cannot believe there is more to hear! I think they should tell you this when you purchase it.
This is a must read or listen book for those who want to better understand American politics. This bio could not have been written by anyone other than the Author. It is a good read for politicians of all nations.
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