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The Clinton enigma : a four-and-a-half-minute speech reveals this president's entire life
Maraniss, David.
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New York : Simon & Schuster, [1998]

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110 pages ; 23 cm
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E886.2 .M36 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss, regarded by his peers as the nation's leading expert on Bill Clinton, sat in a darkened television studio in New York on the night of August 17 and watched the president deliver his curious apologia confessing that he had misled the nation about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. As Maraniss, the author of "First in His Class," the highly acclaimed Clinton biography, listened to the president's words that night, it struck him that he had heard them all before, though never in one speech, and that in those four and a half minutes Clinton had revealed all the contradictory qualities of his tumultuous life and political career.

In this insightful new book, drawing from the biography and his writings for "The Washington Post," Maraniss dissects the speech as a revelation of the president's entire life. Alternately reckless and cautious, righteous and repentant, evasive and forgetful, relying on family and friends to protect him, affirming his faith in God and then turning to polls to tell him what the public would tolerate, communicating with the public over the heads of pundits a

Author Notes

David Maraniss is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who chronicled the Clinton era during his time at the Washington Post.

After leaving the Washington Post, Maraniss wrote "First in His Class," a book about Clinton that won the American Society of Newspaper Editors Jesse Laventhal Prize. He has also published "The Clinton Enigma," a book interpreting the Clinton scandal.

(Bowker Author Biography)