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  • Title: The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History With the President
  • Author: Taylor Branch
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  • Page: 252
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This title highlights major events from Clinton s two terms, including war in Bosnia, the antideficit crusade, health reform failure, antiterrorist strikes, peace initiatives, the 1996 re election campaign, and Whitewater investigations culminating in his 1999 impeachment trial.
    The Clinton Tapes Wrestling History With the President This title highlights major events from Clinton s two terms including war in Bosnia the antideficit crusade health reform failure antiterrorist strikes peace initiatives the re election cam

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    1. I read criticism by several reviewers on the website who thought that The Clinton Tapes Wrestling History With The President was disorganized and that essentially all Branch did was record the President s wide ranging thoughts and views everything from brokering peace in the Middle East to how he played the 8th hole on a certain golf course This is true.Others complained that Branch did not organize the book around certain themes and that, as a journalist and historian, he should have presented [...]

    2. THE CLINTON TAPES feels like extensive notes for a subsequent history of the Clinton administration, thanks largely to the circumstances under which it was produced Taylor Branch, while writing his three volume history of the civil rights movement, agreed to discreetly interview Bill Clinton in order to record his or less unguarded views for posterity This eventually produced nearly a hundred tapes for the Clinton library, the transcripts of which remain sealed until the end of Hillary Clinton [...]

    3. Economy, health care reform, tax politics, gay rights, ecology, social security, Newt Gingrich, Murdoch, China, gun control, birth control, Syria, North Korea, Osama bin Laden compared to a Bond villain, even judge Sotomayor gets mentioned.It is like during the 8 Bush years everything stopped and Obama picked up from where Clinton left.It is very rewarding to re examine recent history and events I or less remember and to share it today is symbolic Taylor Branch, the author of The Clinton Tapes, [...]

    4. There s a great insight from Clinton about trying to forge peace near the end of the book scabs vs abscesses A scab will heal if you don t pick it Northern Ireland , an abscess needs to be drained the Middle East That s all I ll remember a week from now The problem with the book is that it s based on tapes that Branch made after sitting down to record the eponymous tapes with Clinton Far too often the summary of a meeting is I wish I could remember or I can t do justice It s fascinating that the [...]

    5. I was a huge supporter of Bill Clinton when he ran for President in 1992 I volunteered for the campaign and even went to the inauguration albeit about a quarter mile from where he delivered his address I continued to support him in 1996, although the drip drip drip of scandal over the first four years Travelgate, Filegate, Whitewater, Vince Foster gave me pause Watching Chief of Staff Leon Panetta on election night, prior to Clinton s acceptance speech to the large crowd in Little Rock, I was st [...]

    6. Shortly after Bill Clinton won the 1992 Presidential election he renewed contact with Taylor Branch, a writer who had just published Parting the Waters, the first volume of his three volume history subtitled America in the King Years The new president and the writer had known each other in the early 70s but had fallen out of touch Branch was asked to participate in a unique project that would become part of the Clinton Presidential Library and a resource for Clinton s memoirs a periodic audio di [...]

    7. With former President Clinton in the news lately, we thought it would be a good time to look at the most recent book covering his White House years, The Clinton Tapes Wrestling History with the President by Taylor Branch The first thing that bears mention, is that this is not a book of transcripts of secret or not so secret White House tapes made in the Oval Office a la Nixon or even LBJ The book is rather the recollections of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Taylor Branch Parting the Waters about [...]

    8. Fascinating look at what Bill Clinton was thinking and feeling while he was in office Some real revelations here like how he disliked Janet Reno, was very unhappy with how Gore ran his unsuccessful campaign in 2000, and his thoughts on the leaders in the Middle East I think this gives us a small glance into the life of a president, and you get a whiff of just how exhausting 0 mentally and physically that job has to be How Clinton even had the energy for most of these sessions is remarkable in it [...]

    9. Clinton Details of a PresidencyIf, as the maxim goes, the devil is in the details then Branch s tome is a testament to that claim Branch does what few presidential memoirs achieve provides the reader with the indelible sense of being a fly on the wall during momentous occasions And then again this is not a typical memoir, definitely not a biography Branch had been enlisted by President Clinton on a secret mission He was asked to help the President assemble a oral record of the President s though [...]

    10. Taylor Branch is a fine historian, but this is not a history He and Clinton called their monthly ish taped conversations over the course of his presidency an oral history project, but in this particular project Clinton was the sole informant, and Branch s book is not a transcript of the tapes but a contemporaneous record of his own recollections of the conversations after each one took place.The book does have its amusing moments many of which have already been revealed in reviews and interviews [...]

    11. Expertly written, Taylor Branch s memoir of his taping sessions with the president is fascinating history in its own right It took me longer to read than I had originally anticipated as a journal of his experiences, the only intact narrative thread is chronological Subjects veer off and disappear to be replaced at random with new and often entirely unrelated segues and fleeting impressions It s something of a revelation that this kind of patchwork journalism does, in fact, leave the reader with [...]

    12. This is a great biography or memoir, if you will on President Clinton and the Presidency in general This work has captured what most presidential biographies and autobiographies only dream of conveying to the reader what it is like to be the President at the time when the principal subject is the President POTUS is not an easy job, even in peaceful times, and this book hammers that point home quite deftly Particularly noteworthy is the incident during the first term when Pres Clinton seemed to f [...]

    13. This is a very illuminating view of Clinton One does feel like you get a unfettered view of his personality and his temperament I am enjoying listening to an era I remember very well, yet I am reminded just how much of these events one can forget about I hardly remember Bosnia but certainly Clinton does What a mess our world is Clinton did wrestle with the world during his presidency He was quite an admirable person until he fell off the wall with Monica Lewinsky He would sleep as little as he c [...]

    14. Amazing perspective on Bill Clinton, by his friend, and one of the most integrity driven writers of our time His three part series on Martin Luther King, Jr is a must read And now, this very candid, and respectful book on former President Clinton He pulls no punches about Whitewater, or Lewinsky Makes me really wonder the motivation of today s journalists, beyond selling papers and magazines How often the truth gets twisted up in political agendas, and an effort to titillate readers, rather than [...]

    15. This book is so long that I found myself skimming a lot of the time until I found an issue I wanted to read about I was interested to find how much importance Clinton ascribed to the threats of bin Laden and how hard he tried to run him down and kill him I liked reading that Clinton estimated that at the rate he was paying down the national debt, we would be debt free by 2010 How sad At the end of the book, after his presidency, he bemoans Bush s giant tax cut, knowing it s going to spell the en [...]

    16. The author was Clinton s oral historian during his time in the White House Branch pretty regularly visited Clinton and recorded interviews about current events for Clinton s library This book is not based on those tapes, which remain in Clinton s possession, but on Branch s notes of the conversations It s pretty much all in here except for any details of the special prosecutor investigations Clinton Branch talk about the investigation, but due to nervousness about discovery of the tapes in an in [...]

    17. This is the highest office of the land at its rawest at least to the public resulting in the foremost emotions, concerns, and thoughts of a serving president being transmitted through a mere secondary prism the author as opposed to the myriad of media commentators, political analysts etc who tend to cloud political drama I found Clinton s deft and unequivocal judgments on domestic politics intriguing even so how he was so often consumed by foreign affairs and how a Middle Eastern peace deal was [...]

    18. Just finished the book As the author says in his Afterword, it is somewhere between history, politics, and journalism As history it leaves you wanting As politics, it is delightful As journalism, it is far easier and objective on Clinton than much of what passed for journalism through the 90s A constant theme is the way journalists got it wrong while covering the Clinton White House Rather than actually do their craft too many journalists grubbed for leaks and and stories from Clinton s enemie [...]

    19. It was eerie to read this as Haiti, health care reform, Republican advances in mid term elections, vitriolic anti government rhetoric and so many other things were back in the news and on the political and social radars The book was a long read, but I appreciated the straightforward, behind the scenes detail about Clinton s thought process and political style What impressed me most was how strategic he was in all battles, and his sixth sense for discerning what would matter ultimately to voters [...]

    20. In the afterward of The Clinton Tapes, Branch refers to the book as a preview of what s on the tapes recorded during his 79 oral history sessions with Bill Clinton, nearly all during his presidency And, as such, this book offers some pretty remarkable views Clinton wrestling with the Middle East peace process, fuming about Ken Starr, reconciling with Al Gore after the 2000 elections But, as a piece of writing, it s pretty disappointing from a writer as gifted as Branch If you re fascinated with [...]

    21. There was plenty I had already forgotten about the 90 s which this book reminded me of There s so much spin and BS thrown around political figures that books like this are refreshing straightforward talk.This type of book isn t constructed to grab your attention, though It s sequential and rambles because it s like a diary As such, it combined discussions of serious topics of the day as well as little everyday exchanges which show Bill and Hillary s regular people side everyday family parentho [...]

    22. This book provides fascinating insights into Clinton s own views on his presidency as it unfolded The range and import of issues he was dealing with on a daily basis was daunting, and the book reminds you of the sharpness and depth of his intellect It also conveys the machiavellian world of politics very well, and the thickness of skin required to exist in it The human side comes over very strongly, as Taylor Branch weaves in Clinton s personal reactions to events around him and describes family [...]

    23. Branch recounts his and President Clinton s monumental achievement creating the Clinton tapes, or actual tape recordings of Clinton s memories and thoughts while president To be perfectly honest, my review should be discounted as this is the type of book that I would like to enjoy rather than the type of book I actually enjoy That being said, the book gave a new and very personal look at Bill, Hillary and Chelsea And it gave great insight on the struggle that the president faces in making decis [...]

    24. Branch injects himself way too much into the narrative It s called The Clinton Tapes, not Bill and Taylor s Excellent Adventure While it was definitely to read Clinton s immediate recollections of the days events and made me far sympathetic to Bill than I have ever been, this book wasn t as fascinating as Richard Reeves s Nixon tapes book which was a daily recording of the days events That one gave you an inside look on the workings of the Nixon administration This showed how Clinton felt abou [...]

    25. I m anticipating a rating of two or three stars, but I m just started and it s a pretty long book What I thought this would be was in depth history type stuff, of Clinton s personal reflections on the stuff that happened during his presidency and, I think it s not totally irrelevant to a review, my formative years Mostly what it is, is a catalogue of the logistical insnouts of meeting secretly with a sitting president to arrange a series of secret interviews Which is not totally uninteresting [...]

    26. If you liked Clinton or if you love politics I happen to like both , this is a great read Branch s longstanding relationship with Clinton and his proximity throughout his presidency via their secret interviews yields some wonderful insights into Clinton s decisions and the history of those eight years I found it fascinating to watch a president s mind at work, particularly one I liked so much The book shows Clinton in a human and humane light than any single interview could, and I after reading [...]

    27. This really is an example of what could have been Something like 77 separate taping sessions with the President where he spoke candidly on a variety of issues But you never hear that voice in it because this is solely done from Branch s dictation notes, which gives the book a weird summarized quality It also abounds with phrases like I only regret my notetaking was not fast enough to catch all the brilliant and eloquent things Clinton said All in all, it has some interesting moments about Clinto [...]

    28. The tapes themselves will be interesting when they are released This books is a well written history based up notes from seventy some interviews during the Clinton presidency, the recordings of which Clinton kept The book will be a good addition to the tapes, because the book does an excellent job of describing scene and mood which cannot come off as clearly in the tapes or transcripts It seemed like of a psychological study than a history of Clinton s presidency.

    29. Especially interesting as he listened and talked with President Clinton However, the author often drifts off with what he did for the day, where he sat at the as the president was sworn in, etc.I am learning a lot why Clinton could not get things done Which is a lesson why president Obama is able to accomplish some of his goals.If the author could have stuck with Clinton s thoughts I would rate it five stars.

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