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First in his class : a biography of Bill Clinton

Author: David Maraniss
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [1995]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing on letters, documents, and interviews with several hundred people whose paths intersected with Clinton's at every level--family, friends, girlfriends, classmates, teachers, campaign workers, staff, and associates--Maraniss explores the evolution of the personality whose greatest strengths are also his greatest weaknesses: his talent for politics and careful networking, his perseverance and optimism, his ever
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Maraniss, David.
First in his class.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1995
(OCoLC)604237679
Online version:
Maraniss, David.
First in his class.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1995
(OCoLC)622234057
Named Person: Bill Clinton; Bill Clinton; Bill Clinton; Bill Clinton; Bill Clinton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Maraniss
ISBN: 0671871099 9780671871093
OCLC Number: 31737634
Description: 512 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Washington, D.C., 1963 --
Hope and chance --
In all his glory --
The road ahead --
He was on fire --
The back room boys --
All hell broke loose --
The great escape --
The dreaming spires --
Feeling the draft --
The torment --
The lucky number --
The grant tour --
Law and politics at Yale --
Rodham and Clinton --
Texas days --
Home again --
And not to yield --
Running with the boy --
Governor-in-waiting --
Great expectations --
The only track --
The permanent campaign --
Relationships --
Saying the words.
Responsibility: David Maraniss.

Abstract:

Drawing on letters, documents, and interviews with several hundred people whose paths intersected with Clinton's at every level--family, friends, girlfriends, classmates, teachers, campaign workers, staff, and associates--Maraniss explores the evolution of the personality whose greatest strengths are also his greatest weaknesses: his talent for politics and careful networking, his perseverance and optimism, his ever eagerness to please, his tendency to shade the truth, and his insatiable appetite for life and ideas. It is a definitive study of Clinton's rise from obscure, provincial Arkansas, of the clear development of his ambitions, and of the Faustian bargains he made along the way. Maraniss looks at the split personality of Hot Springs, where Baptist churches and gambling casinos, all-American ideals and vaporous spas, were next-door neighbors--and how these childhood influences worked their way into Clinton's persona.

The Georgetown-to-Oxford-to-Yale years reveal Clinton as a remarkably quick study, a smooth and astute operator, and an unrivaled magnet, drawing many of the brightest people of his generation, first and foremost his wife and closest adviser, Hillary Rodham, and others who are now key members of his administration and circle. His career in Arkansas provided the important learning experiences and stepping stones that propelled him to the Oval Office--and the stumbling blocks that threaten his stay there. Still, Maraniss shows, Clinton is not a man to count out of any fight. There have been numerous defeats along the way--in "dress-rehearsal" elections for student council president, "out-of-town runs" for state office, and even now that he is on center stage--but Bill Clinton has learned and bounced back, stronger after every setback.

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