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Excerpts from Books by and about 2008 candidates
Sen. John McCain (R, AZ)
Why Courage Matters
Sen. Barack Obama(D, IL)
Dreams From My Father
Sen. Joe Biden (D, DE)
Promises to Keep
Gov. Sarah Palin (R, AK)
New Energy for Alaska
Rep. Bob Barr (L)
The Meaning of IS
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (G)
Green Party Debate
Ralph Nader (I)
The Good Fight
Alan Keyes (NAIP)
Our Character, Our Future

Sen. Hillary Clinton
It Takes A Village
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Character Makes A Difference
Amb. Alan Keyes
Our Character, Our Future
Rep. Ron Paul
Freedom Under Siege
Gov. Mitt Romney

(click a book cover for excerpts and a review or other books by or about the presidency from

The Natural
The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton
, by Joe Klein

(Click for Amazon book review)


This is the biography to read if you want to understand Bill Clinton. It is not pro-Clinton nor is it anti-Clinton -- it feels like journalism rather than propaganda. So many political biographies feel like advocacy that it's refreshing to read one that does not.

Joe Klein, the author, is most renowned for his anonymously-published book, "Primary Colors", about the 1992 primaries. Klein writes for "The New Republic" and several newspapers which are usually called liberal; but he is described as a neoconservative who admires George W. Bush. Hence he has a mixed opinion politically about Clinton, and that mixed opinion comes out in this book. feels that political biography is superior to political autobiography because autobiography is inherently biased. Readers cannot get a fully balanced picture of Bill Clinton from his autobiography, My Life, because Clinton uses his memoir to present his view of things without presenting his opponents' views. While Clinton's autobiography is valuable reading as well, like any autobiography, it leaves many things unsaid. Klein says them here. was approached by several media organizations during the 2008 presidential campaign to talk about presidential candidate autobiographies, because our editors have read all of them. In each case, we offered to also discuss books ABOUT the leading candidates as well as books BY the leading candidates, based on the "balancing" view above. For example, we considered the best character sketches of the leading candidates to be A Bound Man for Barack Obama; The Myth of a Maverick for John McCain; and God and Hillary for Hillary Clinton. All those offers were declined -- the media really do prefer autobiography to biography. We hope readers here try both.

-- Jesse Gordon, [email protected], November 2008
Budget & Economy
   Bill Clinton: 1992: Connected with audience on recession's personal effect.
   Bill Clinton: New Clintonism demonstrated in 1997 balanced budget.
   George Bush Sr.: 1992 debate: Disconnected on recession's personal effect.
   Bill Clinton: Approved Arkansas execution of mentally retarded black man.
   Bill Clinton: 1997: Established middle class entitlement: 2 years college.
Free Trade
   Bill Clinton: Assumed that economic globalization was inevitable.
Government Reform
   Bill Clinton: Favored tax incentives over new bureaucracies.
Homeland Security
   Bill Clinton: Established AmeriCorps as national service program.
Principles & Values
   Bill Clinton: OpEd: Virginia an unlikely, but American, presidential mom.
   Bill Clinton: First president to admit he participated in psychotherapy.
   Bill Clinton: Recruited in 1989 as chair of Democratic Leadership Council.
   Bill Clinton: OpEd: too unconcerned with money to care about Whitewater.
   George Bush Sr.: 1992 debate: Caught glancing at wristwatch.
   Hillary Clinton: Methodist of straight-laced, moralizing, 19th-century type.
   Joe Biden: Conducted Bork hearings in a scholarly manner, not emotional.
   Ralph Nader: Saw anti-Bork campaign as constituency-building opportunity.
   Al Gore: 1995: Led policy of free-market Internet.
   Bill Clinton: 1995: Tax-free Internet policy spread from US to world.
Welfare & Poverty
   Bill Clinton: Expanded the EITC from $15.9 to $21.2 billion.

The above quotations are from The Natural
The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton
, by Joe Klein.

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