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Bill and Hillary

The Politics of the Personal
Chafe, William Henry (Book - 2012 )
Bill and Hillary
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In previous works the author has written powerfully about the relationship between personality and politics. This book represents the culmination of this approach to political history. Having written widely on civil rights and women's history, the author brings the themes of all his scholarship together in this book about the Clintons' "co-presidency," two people committed to both sex and race equality. From the beginning, he argues, the personal chemistry between the Clintons shaped definitively their political careers. She was instrumental in his triumphs as Arkansas governor and "saved" his presidential candidacy by standing with him during the Gennifer Flowers sex scandal. He responded by delegating presidential powers to her that no other First Lady had ever exercised. Often tempestuous, their relationship had as many lows as it did highs, but the trajectory of the Clintons' political lives can only be understood through the prism of their personal relationship. Full of insights about health care, Kenneth Starr, and welfare reform, this work gives texture and depth to the Clintons' lives, including the extent to which the Lewinsky scandal finally freed Hillary to become a politician in her own right and return to the consensus reformer she had been in college and law school.
Authors: Chafe, William Henry
Title: Bill and Hillary
the politics of the personal
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 387 p. ;,24 cm
Contents: Bill Clinton: the early years
Hillary Rodham: the early years
Oxford and the draft: a test of character
Hillary and Bill at Yale: two destinies intersect
The Arkansas years, part one: 1973-1980
The Arkansas years, part two: 1980-1991
"There is a place called Hope"
The first year
The health care debacle and the emergence of Kenneth Starr
Comeback number three
The roller coaster plummets
Survival and a new beginning
What if?
Summary: In previous works the author has written powerfully about the relationship between personality and politics. This book represents the culmination of this approach to political history. Having written widely on civil rights and women's history, the author brings the themes of all his scholarship together in this book about the Clintons' "co-presidency," two people committed to both sex and race equality. From the beginning, he argues, the personal chemistry between the Clintons shaped definitively their political careers. She was instrumental in his triumphs as Arkansas governor and "saved" his presidential candidacy by standing with him during the Gennifer Flowers sex scandal. He responded by delegating presidential powers to her that no other First Lady had ever exercised. Often tempestuous, their relationship had as many lows as it did highs, but the trajectory of the Clintons' political lives can only be understood through the prism of their personal relationship. Full of insights about health care, Kenneth Starr, and welfare reform, this work gives texture and depth to the Clintons' lives, including the extent to which the Lewinsky scandal finally freed Hillary to become a politician in her own right and return to the consensus reformer she had been in college and law school.
ISBN: 0809094657
9780809094653
Statement of Responsibility: William H. Chafe
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: United States Politics and government 1993-2001 Presidents' spouses United States Biography Presidents United States Biography Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bill, 1946-
Topical Term: Presidents' spouses
Presidents
LCCN: 2011041302
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