Nice to hear his words from his mouth. He does come across a bit arrogant at times. Unfortunately the entire thing is more of a bag of facts than a book from the heart. He seems so guarded in his writing I don't think we will ever really know how he felt or what was going through his mind at key points in his life. His description of his early life is much better than his whirlwind travels through his presidency. Lots of bitterness comes out. Well worth the listen.
I wasn't a "Clinton fan" before I listened to him read his autobiography. However, having lived through his presidency and taken an interest in the way he handled his personal life through multiple indiscretions, I can say that hearing him read his own life story has given me empathy and respect for this U.S. President who gave many years of his life for our country. There is something very moving about hearing a President tell his own story. I loved listening to this...and so did my husband. I recommend it highly!
Interesting at times, boring at times. I have to admit, the points in the book where the Monica Lewinsky scandel was addressed were the most intriguing. Too many names to keep track of or care about-sometimes I think it was just a big thank you novel to those who helped him in his political career. Another intersting thing was the parallels between what he faced during his presidency and the current issues being adressed by our president.
Politics is always a fascinating topic and Clinton is a fascinating man. However, his memoir is a bit dense and "talky" - when he's preaching to the choir (and, realistically, who else is reading this?), he doesn't have to get as bogged down in detail as he does.
wow, this book is sooo weighed down w/ all kinds of details but most are (understandably) political in nature, since that's his life. I was more interested in getting to know the personal side to Mr. Clinton. There were only sporadic bits and pieces though. I ended up wading thru a lot of it b/c I'd ckd it out from the library and the due date was fast approaching and there was a wait list for it, soo... It's not a bad book. If you are super interested in politics and like Clinton, then this is the book for you. but don't expect a tell-all re his personal life.
Q quite polished book but I was interested in his avoidance of the draft. He unashamedly explains how he bounced around, including acting like he would join the reserves, until he got lucky and the lottery came in, his number being 311.
He seems to have a vague idea that not having honorable military service could be a future problem politically, but it worked out well for him. There is a good argument to be made that it was a worthless cause, but most of us felt we had to measure up to our fathers' service in WWII. In 1992 I felt that this draft dodging would ruin his election chances and that the sterling service record of President Bush made him a certain winner, so I voted for Ross Perot.
President Bill Clinton's My Life is a 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 alsothe 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 a gripping accound 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.