In , when their mutual friend, superagent Bob Barnett, suggested they write a book together, the two men jumped at the chance. The gist of the page, chapter potboiler is that — spoiler alert! Five terrible ticktock days ensue — featuring a high-level traitor, a female assassin, and all kinds of word and bullet battles, while the fate of the nation hangs in the balance.
Can President Jonathan Duncan save America? The book should please the fans of both men and then some. Packed with action and the usual Pattersonian red herrings and blind alleys, it also retains a certain dignity, with a presidential voice of Clintonian timbre, no matter how much the two men deny that their fictional President Duncan resembles our 42nd commander in chief.
Horne recently sat down with the authors at President Clinton's office in Upper Manhattan. Clinton and Patterson, both 71, were friendly and assured, and the mood was buoyant, even exuberant. The book was essentially done and is super topical: The day before the interview, President Trump nominated the first female CIA director, Gina Haspel; the day after, the Trump administration accused Russia of hacking our power plants and electric systems.
I found your book to be a smart, twisty thriller — a terrific read and very contemporary. Well, I grew up in the last generation of politicians who were born without televisions, and with family members who were highly intelligent but without much formal education. All of my entertainment was storytelling. So it was his idea that the president is involved in a crisis. The first draft was like a thriller cartoon. I wanted to make sure we got the details right.
So we did drafts; we did different sections together; we worked on the research. We also had research and some writing help from a lot of people. And we just kept working to make it more and more real. But the book, overall, is a little more dispassionate than the usual James Patterson adult fiction. Duncan is not Clinton. But it is what a lot of people want when they read a memoir.
So what we have is what it would be like if something this serious happened — five terrible days in the life of this flesh-and-blood human being. In the current climate, all this cybertalk has been about the politics of who hacks what emails and all of that. If the lights go out, it will. I find it to be one of the scariest threats we face today. Another of our goals [was] to remind people that campaigns may be theater, but the job is a real job.
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Preview — My Life by Bill Clinton. My Life by Bill Clinton. An exhaustive, soul-searching memoir, Bill Clinton's My Life is a refreshingly candid look at the former president as a son, brother, teacher, father, husband, and public figure. Clinton painstakingly outlines the history behind his greatest successes and failures, including his dedication to educational and economic reform, his war against a "vast right-wing operation" de An exhaustive, soul-searching memoir, Bill Clinton's My Life is a refreshingly candid look at the former president as a son, brother, teacher, father, husband, and public figure.
Clinton painstakingly outlines the history behind his greatest successes and failures, including his dedication to educational and economic reform, his war against a "vast right-wing operation" determined to destroy him, and the "morally indefensible" acts for which he was nearly impeached. My Life is autobiography as therapy--a personal history written by a man trying to face and banish his private demons. What makes My Life remarkable as a political memoir is how thoroughly it is infused with Clinton's unassuming, charmingly pithy voice: I learned a lot from the stories my uncle, aunts, and grandparents told me: Paperback , pages.
Published May 31st by Vintage first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about My Life , please sign up. How many pages is this book? Andre Bonin The actual content no forward and everything is pages in the original release which I have. Great book, but can be dry at times.
I would …more The actual content no forward and everything is pages in the original release which I have. I would suggest audiobooking it so you can fast forward etc. It's almost as if someone says "Mr. President, keep it under pages" less. See 2 questions about My Life…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Oct 26, Will Byrnes rated it liked it Shelves: There is much that is good about the book. There is much that is annoying. I most enjoyed his descriptions of dealings with foreign leaders. We get the skinny on who was really in favor of what, who was willing to make serious concessions, who was not.
The part of the book about his early life was interesting as well, showing family background and how he got the connections that helped him move up. I found it annoying that every person he mentions he seems to feel it nec There is much that is good about the book. I found it annoying that every person he mentions he seems to feel it necessary to burden with the weight of somehow changing his life, or of having had some lasting positive influence on him.
The persistent sunniness gets grating. One might think that he never had an affair prior to Monica. Of course it would be expecting too much to have him detail all his personal crimes. Even though the conservatives lied relentlessly about his personal failings, I find it difficult to believe that Monica was the first. Still this is an important historical perspective from the man who was in the center of a cyclone. View all 33 comments. Make sure you are interested in politics if you're going to read this. Don't just read it for the Lewinsky scandal because it's barely mentioned!
Clinton is a brilliant political mind and it shows in this book. I learned a lot about the events of his administration, which was interesting for me as I was only ages while he was in office. Gave a good perspective to things though, admittedly, one sided. View all 3 comments. Aug 20, aPriL does feral sometimes rated it really liked it Shelves: He tells readers at length many intricate details about his childhood, education, family and friends, as well as how he became obsessed with politics I think he was a natural and how he became determined to work towards being a professional politician since childhood.
He fully airs out and describes his known mistaken judgements and his character flaws I think with reluctance, but he knows it is all out there and a part of the public record.
The president and the storyteller talk about their new book, ‘The President is Missing’
Those errors he feels he can defend, he does. For better or worse, Clinton gives us his insider viewpoint on why he is who he is, how his life played out, and what being President of the United States is like and what a President does every day. Most of the book is so detailed I felt he must have used personal diaries, published interviews and other public records, recorded minutes of meetings and personal notes, and his own appointment diaries.
I was alive and an adult throughout his Presidency, so I am familiar with many of the events he describes. The book fills in a lot more information beyond what was in newspaper stories, of course, and Clinton gives us his emotional and mental thoughts as well. I am not naive about autobiographies, especially political ones, but I was very fascinated. It seemed as truthful as Clinton could be, but it also was careful, especially when referencing other politicians.
Humor was used if Clinton revealed any personal faults of others which could be derogatory, with the exception of discussions about people who were seriously defaming Clinton maliciously. He also included the variety of beliefs and conclusions advisors gave him when presented with the same set of facts about an issue. The vastly different recommendations of advisors would have had me in a fetal position under the bed, frankly, especially when issues of military force were concerned.
I found the book to be also a remarkable work record of what decisions, appointments, responsibilities, meetings and travels a President, any President, must handle. Mix in the trading of jokes and answering rude questions with angry and cynical journalists everywhere you are, as well as the constant threat of death from a stalker, terrorist or madman, requiring the never-ending surveillance and presence of law enforcement personnel and the Secret Service, all the while being ready for unexpected close-ups from cameras and recording equipment, and trying to remember anything you say or do can be leaked to everyone in the world to see.
Not to mention the books, magazine articles and Internet parodies that will circulate and follow you beyond your death, in fact the stories about you will be told for centuries whether true or not. At least, if I was like the 44 Presidents who have taken the job seriously, I definitely would have many moments of exhausted unreality, worry and considerable consternation. Being human, I would hope people would have a little charity and have forgiveness for my mistakes or foolishness, and that perhaps history might laud me in the weighing of my accomplishments against my stupid failures.
I think I can safely conclude Bill Clinton did his best based on what other biographers of his life have written, as have all the Presidents of the United States before him, and this autobiography supports my thinking. But what if a President comes along who is not like any of the previous 44 Presidents? What if I was delighted instead at the chance to prove my negative ideas about the values of the American public and my opinion of the utter inconsequential utility of the existence of the government of the United States to ordinary people and the world.
I might jump at the chance to prove that Americans are all ignorant lowlifes, and that that lifestyle is more enticing to people than trying to be the best they can be. I would demonstrate how promises of making vulgar culture and predatory business practices and identity politics the conversation will seduce and divert people from being their better selves. I would wall out all of the more noble yearnings, endeavors and passions of a country by an avalanche of vulgar twitterings. I might believe people should be left to indulge their vices and live fast die young in ignorance, rather than have the support of a government that gives society tools and leadership to help people become empowered to build communities that work together and to build a productive future for themselves and have happy healthy children.
If such a short-sighted, morally-depraved, narcissistic, secretly self-hating insecure man became President, he might feel he needed revenge on elite Yale- and Harvard-educated political science graduates full of workable governance theories and hopes of doing public good because they are better, smarter people than he ever will be. He might also want revenge on the self-important conservative political establishment pretending publicly to a dedication to democratic values and religious faith while lining their pockets and sneering secretly at scammed voters and vulgar lascivious people such as himself.
Such a limited small-minded self-centered intelligence, twisted by personal demons and public slights, might feel the Presidency should be an opportunity to destroy enemies, wipe out past accomplishments and hose conventional morality down into the sewers. He would give people permission to act out their worst instincts, especially himself, instead of working for the common good. Such a person sees only the darkness in people, not the light. Good thing the men who made it to the Oval Office, whatever their faults and ideological party, have always wanted to make the world a better place, not worse, and have always worked hard to allow a space for people to be the person their pet dogs and children believe them to be, right?
The book was fact-checked by the publisher. Clinton also had a professional editor. An assistant researched and examined historical documents, diaries, memoirs and notebooks by Clinton and hundreds of others. An index and pictures are included. View all 7 comments. May 22, Billy rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I put this book under the fiction bookshelf for a reason. I read this book for a class on Bill Clinton's foreign policy ok, most of the book. I skipped over all the personal stuff because frankly, I don't care about Monica Lewinsky. Anyway, due to the class and the fact that I lived through his presidency, I was fully aware of what his foreign policy actually was during his time in office for a better, and more accurate understanding of his foreign policy read David Halberstam's War in a Time I put this book under the fiction bookshelf for a reason.
Anyway, due to the class and the fact that I lived through his presidency, I was fully aware of what his foreign policy actually was during his time in office for a better, and more accurate understanding of his foreign policy read David Halberstam's War in a Time of Peace. I'm sure Clinton was fully aware of it too, but you'd never get that from reading the book.
Yes, Clinton admits to his foreign policy mishaps, but at the same time that he accepts the blame for his mistakes, he also blames other people. Honestly, it gets really annoying after a little while. It doesn't matter if you think Clinton was a good president or a horrible one. It doesn't matter if you recognize that his foreign policy was a disaster or if you're not informed about it.
Anyone who can comprehend more than one thought at a time should be able to see the ridiculous amounts of double talk that goes on in this book. I don't know if there is a written equivalent to talking out of both sides of your mouth, but Bill Clinton somehow manages to do it.
The fact that neither him nor his own editors realized these blatant errors is astonishing. Anyway, there have been plenty of other books written about the Clinton Presidency. Almost all of them are better than this excuse to grow a bigger ego. May 25, Bart Breen rated it really liked it.
The President Is Missing
I don't particularly like Bill Clinton I don't particularly like Bill Clinton on many levels. I have read many Presidential biographies and autobiographies and so I felt I should read this one, and suspend judgement. I'm glad I did. Whether you like Bill Clinton politically or personally is beside the point. He was President of the United States for 8 years. He has left a mark on History and what he has to say about it and the information he provides is worth the time to digest. Unfortunately, I don't particularly like Bill Clinton Unfortunately, today's commercial market demands instant gratification and so, in responding to that demand the most obvious criticism I can offer is that this book was written too soon.
It takes time to digest the events and thinking of a presidency, and if anything, I believe this book would have benefited from some time passing and Clinton himself being able to digest and think through the events and policy of his presidency. As it is, not suprisingly, Clinton spends a great deal of time and effort in this work defending himself and attacking his detractors.
In that regard it reads like a current political campaign work, rather than a Statesman reflecting on his time in power. There could have been a lot more accomplished in this work had he avoided the temptation to use this platform to form a response to his contemporary political foes. I don't doubt that 50 years from now as people removed from the events read this work, they will be less concerned with Clinton's major investment of time and space to paint Ken Starr's investigation of himself as a witch-hunt and will want to know a little more about his actual thoughts and actions while working with policy and foreign relations.
Regardless of what you think about Bill Clinton, if you are able to set aside the need to attack him or extol him, you have to objectively admit that he is a remarkably intelligent and politically savvy person. While it is probably too soon to write a final assessment on the impact of his Presidency and policies upon History, he presided over a time of tremendous economic growth, technological change and a change in political climate and tactics.
Whether his leadership was causitive or reactive to these factors, he will no doubt command attention in the years ahead as all that happened to and around him is digested and no doubt, over time additional information, yet unknown will come to light and factor in as well. The book is long. It uses a consistent formula of presentation that seeks to take the issue or event addressed and put a human face. In that regard it reads like a summary of a State of the Union address and not a deeply reflective biography.
There is a ton of factual information, but it becomes somewhat shallow in tying that information together into a cohesive explanation as to the rationale for actions taken, positions espoused. Nevertheless, regardless of what passions you may hold or not hold with regard to Clinton himself, the book is a reasonably well written work that the committed reader can work their way through it and hopefully come out with a better understanding of the life and times of this important contemporary and soon to be historical figure.
I hope time is kind enough to President Clinton that he will take the time to suppliment this work and preserve some more of his thinking as times passes and he is able to better assimilate much of which remains to be addressed within his presidency. Aug 20, Joshua rated it really liked it Shelves: Okay, first, I have to confess I listened to the abridged audio edition of this book, and that's what I'm basing my review on. I listened to the whole thing on the drive from my home to seminary 6 hours. That having been said, I am coming to understand that way more of "The West Wing" was based on actual events than I realized.
I feel like I just experienced the entire series - the book even ends with the same word on which the series concluded: But hearing Bill Clinton he reads the audiobook talk about the accomplishments of his two terms was at once inspiring and devastating. Inspiring, because it seems like his administration was the kind I've wanted to see these past eight years. Devastating, because we're living through almost the complete opposite conditions. I'm not saying I took every word as the gospel truth; I'm sure Clinton remembers things differently than they actually occurred who among us doesn't?
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But the results of his time in office - 20 million new jobs, a projected 4-trillion-dollar surplus - are not things that rely on shaky memories. I also appreciated his ostensibly honest treatment of the whole Monica Lewinsky scandal, and hearing his side of the Whitewater nonsense which I really believe it was. Almost everyone laughed at the "vast, right-wing conspiracy", but it's hard not to lend the idea some credence, in light of the conflicts of interest and savagely hurtful political game being played.
More than any of that, the book was a fascinating view of the inner workings of the Clinton White House - biased as it may have been - and the triumphs and failures that came during the eight years he spent there. Anyone who enjoys "The West Wing" will appreciate the excitement, intrigue and emotion of Clinton's tale. I listened to this abridged audio but I liked it so much, I'm thinking of reading the much longer unabridged book! Bill Clinton was awesome, despite his brushing over his welfare reform, which was the worst thing he did while in office.
Also, I'm all about Hilary now, I'd totally vote for her. People who just hate Bill Clinton for some reason or other should really read this book. I think it really humanizes him and shows just how many powerful people were working against him, going to any lengt I listened to this abridged audio but I liked it so much, I'm thinking of reading the much longer unabridged book! I think it really humanizes him and shows just how many powerful people were working against him, going to any lengths to vilify and destroy him.
I really liked the part at the end when he talks about how close he came to brokering a two-state solution to the problem of Palestine and Israel, but how Arafat -- who was getting older and, we later found out, very close to death -- turned it down despite everyone encouraging him to take the deal. Arafat tells Clinton that he is "a great man" and Clinton responds, "No, I'm a failure, and you have made me one.
Oh, if only things had turned out differently!! And if only George Bush hadn't stolen that election, Al Gore was so rad.
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It fills me with longing and regret to hear about the Clinton years. It's really important to vote Democrat. They're really good at running government but not very good at politics and electioneering -- just the opposite of the Republicans. Sure, they've got their faults, but they'd be able to accomplish a lot more if progressive people would support them instead of falling victim to the aggressive propagandizing by people who would do anything to destroy them. At nearly pages, this book is not for the faint of heart. The beginning is slow, as it seems that Clinton is mentioning every single person that passed through his childhood and adolescence.
The book finally gets interesting when Clinton enters politics. As someone who lived through the Clinton years, I enjoyed reading Clinton's perspective on events during that time. His views on the Middle East talks were particularly interesting and enlightening. His insider's view of politics during tha At nearly pages, this book is not for the faint of heart. His insider's view of politics during that time is also very fascinating, especially as we head into an election year. I would highly recommend this book to all - it is a fascinating book about a fascinating man. I was already a Bill Clinton fan, but his memoir just solidified my reasons.
He is such an intelligent, self-made man. His detractors would do well to read this, too.
Granted it is looooong. I initially purchased the book for my husband who enjoyed reading it, but I had trouble getting through all plus pages and bought the audio CD instead. Listened to it on a long vacation drive. Made my then year-old son listen I was already a Bill Clinton fan, but his memoir just solidified my reasons.
Made my then year-old son listen to it as well! He's also a fan!
Sep 16, Jeremy Perron rated it it was amazing. William Jefferson Clinton is my first president.