Bill Clinton's eagerly awaited memoir, My Life
, has ignited a firestorm of interest in an already politically charged election year. An account of Clinton's life through the White House years, My Life
finds the former president taking a candid look at his successes and setbacks. Like Hillary Clinton's bestselling Living History
, the book rocketed to the top of bestseller lists, as the intense fascination with this charismatic and controversial figure —celebrated by some as his generation’s most brilliant politician and condemned by others for his personal excesses— endures.
From the Publisher:
My Life, an account of Clinton's life through the White House years, has been one of the most eagerly awaited books of recent time. The book went on sale nationwide in late June 2004, with a first printing of 1.5 million copies. My Life is also be available from Random House Audio (abridged), read by President Clinton.
"Bill Clinton tells an extraordinary story in My Life," said Sonny Mehta, President and Editor-in-Chief of Alfred A. Knopf. "It is a riveting personal drama as well as a fascinating look at the American political arena over the past four decades. He talks with candor about his successes, as well as his setbacks, looking at both his career in public service and his life. It is the fullest and most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and one of the most revealing and remarkable memoirs I have ever had the honor of publishing."
Robert Gottlieb, who has worked with some of the most distinguished authors of our time, including Katharine Graham, Toni Morrison, Barbara Tuchman, and Robert Caro, is serving as the President's editor at Knopf. "Working with President Clinton has been a privilege and a pleasure," Gottlieb said, "and his book is an astonishment — authentic, engaging, revelatory."
"President Clinton is a dominant figure on the global stage," Mehta said, "and readers around the world will be eager to hear his story." According to Mehta, President Clinton will embark on a national and international author tour immediately upon release of the book.
About the Author:
Bill Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe IV on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas, three months after his father died in a traffic accident. When he was four years old, his mother wed Roger Clinton, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Clinton was graduated from Georgetown University and in 1968 won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He received a law degree from Yale University in 1973, and entered politics in Arkansas. Clinton was elected Arkansas Attorney General in 1976, and won the governorship in 1978. After losing a bid for a second term, he regained the office four years later, and served until he defeated incumbent George Bush and third party candidate Ross Perot in the 1992 presidential race.
During the administration of William Jefferson Clinton, the U.S. enjoyed more peace and economic well being than at any time in its history. He was the first Democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win a second term. He could point to the lowest unemployment rate in modern times, the lowest inflation in 30 years, the highest home ownership in the country's history, dropping crime rates in many places, and reduced welfare roles. He proposed the first balanced budget in decades and achieved a budget surplus.