©1999 by George Stephanopoulos, All rights reserved, (P) and ©1999 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
"Stephanopoulos is a unique witness, and his gossipy, detailed recollections give a disturbing picture not only of Bill Clinton but of the modern White House - a place of mood swings, improvisation, office intrigue, and chaos." (Jeffrey Frank, The New Yorker)
Taken from Stephanopoulos' perspective this is an excellent listen. I originally purchased this on cassette when it first came out and listened to it several times. While some of the issues that where important to us at that time seem trivial in the post 9/11 world, the insight brought to these events from his position in the Clinton group is extremely interesting. The fact that George is reading it makes it even better. There are a lot of positions expressed about the many personalities involved as well as the good things accomplished, the mistakes, and the opportunities squandered.
I didn't realize this was an abridged version. Although it was good to hear the writer, this was only 4 chapters and no notice that this was abridged. Huge disappointment and rather a rip-off.
Stephanopoulus definitely expresses anger at Clinton over the Lewensky scandal and some of his other lies to the country, but it is still a sweetheart account when an insider like him fails to mention the big fat lie that Bill Clinton told long-time Clinton insider Sidney Blumenthal.
Recall that Blumenthal swore under oath that Clinton claimed that Monica had threatened to lie about Bill if he wouldn't wouldn't sleep with her, not only that she made the whole thing up but that she actually extorted and slandered the president of the United States. Given that Blumenthal had left the NY Times to work for Clinton, the president fully expected this lie to end up in print.
Blumenthal repeated the accusation in his book "the Clinton Wars," a work by an even more delusional liberal. The startling fact that Blumenthal has continued to work for the Clintons and to be involved in their scandals shows that it is true. The Clintons have no trouble with slandering Bill's girlfriends or anyone else, yet Stephanopoulus gives Clinton a pass on the most blatant example of this.
Much to respect about the author and this work. Two fascinating stories in one. The first 6 years of Bill Clinton's presidency and George's quite instructive and candid view of his own experiences and growth.
Seems like the author was telling a story that would balance what some Americans thought of President Clinton. It seemed to be a fair assessment, and was stated from the beginning as HIS perspective, which is fine. There were realy no surprising revelations, except the author was able to get some of his emotions about Mr. Clinton off his chest.
What there was of the book was interesting to listen to. My complaint with this offering...Too much was cut to provide a substantive listen. The book is what it claims to be; the recollections and thoughts of the author. It is far too abridged to provide more than a cursory discussion of only a few of the numerous issues in the Clinton White House. It does not even mention the Health care debacle, Hillary only is mentioned about 4 times and never at length. Save your money.
I bought this book to get some greater insight into the Clinton White House. But I found that it was mainly full of general, non-substantive observations on the part of the author. I was hoping for much more factual information. I thought that the book was worth listening to, but could have been so much better.
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