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All too human : a political education
Stephanopoulos, George, 1961-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1999]

Physical Description:
456 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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Newstead Library E840.8.S675 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Angola Public Library E840.8.S675 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Concord Library E840.8.S675 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Grand Island Library E840.8.S675 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the refreshing perspective of one who got his hands on the levers of awesome power at an early age. At thirty, the author was at Bill Clinton's side during the presidential campaign of 1992, & for the next five years he was rarely more than a step away from the president & his other advisers at every important moment of the first term. What Liar's Poker did to Wall Street, this book will do to politics. It is an irreverent & intimate portrait of how the nation's weighty business is conducted by people whose egos & idiosyncrasies are no sturdier than anyone else's. Including sharp portraits of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & scores of others, as well as candid & revelatory accounts of the famous debacles & triumphs of an administration that constantly went over the top, All Too Human is, like its author, a brilliant combination of pragmatic insight & idealism. It is destined to be the most important & enduring book to come out of the Clinton administration.

Author Notes

George Stephanopoulos is currently a visiting professor at Columbia University and a political analyst for ABC News. He lives in New York City.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

And this is a sleazy, but all too human, way to make a buck. --Bonnie Smothers

Library Journal Review

National fame came early to Stephanopoulos, who by age 31 was President Clintons first director of communications until he was promoted to the vaguely defined, vulnerable position of senior advisor. He views Clinton as the best politician he has ever known, who could have accomplished much more if he were a better person. First Lady Hillary Clinton is portrayed as fiercely loyal and at times inflexible and ambitious. Ultimately, Stephanopolous fell out of favor for being a traditional liberal in an administration that increasingly believed that the era of big government was dead and also because he was a reputed news leaker, a charge he denies. The strengths of the book are also its weaknesses. An engaging, self-deprecating style, similar to that of Robert Reich, Clintons first secretary of labor (Locked in the Cabinet, LJ 4/1/97), is marred by an overabundance of italicized comments representing rejoinders that could have been used with devastating effect in confrontations but werent. A forthright honesty about his own faults dissolves into self-pity during an extended section on his fights with his major political foe, Dick Morris, the pollster who was brought on board to improve Clintons image but departed when his telephone antics with a prostitute were discovered. Stephanopoulos resigned at the end of the first term and recently condemned the Lewinsky affair as Clintons abandonment of presidential policies and more than a few trusted advisors in order to save himself. Overall, a fascinating if controversial insiders account of life inside the Clinton pressure cooker administration during its early years. A required purchase for public libraries.Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 3
1 Background Checkp. 7
2 Becoming a True Believerp. 25
3 Hearing Hoofbeatsp. 51
4 Higher Up, Deeper Inp. 81
5 Opening Dayp. 108
6 Bungee Jumping Without a Ropep. 121
7 Close Encountersp. 153
8 Doing the Jobp. 189
9 Hoofbeats Reduxp. 225
10 The Weekend I Was Haldemanp. 244
11 The Longest Summerp. 275
12 Crashp. 303
13 My Dinner with Dickp. 328
14 A Tale of Two Speechesp. 342
15 Entente Cordialep. 376
16 Getting Outp. 409
Epilogue - On My Ownp. 429
Note on Sourcingp. 445
Acknowledgmentsp. 447
Indexp. 449

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