By George Stephanopoulos
All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the fresh point of view of 1 who received his arms at the levers of remarkable strength at an early age. At thirty, the writer used to be at invoice Clinton's part in the course of the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the following 5 years he used to be not often greater than a step clear of the president & his different advisers at each vital second of the 1st time period. What Liar's Poker did to Wall highway, this publication will do to politics. it truly is an irreverent & intimate portrait of ways the nation's weighty enterprise is carried out through humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies are not any sturdier than somebody else's. together with sharp snap shots of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & rankings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory bills of the recognized debacles & triumphs of an management that consistently went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, an excellent mix of pragmatic perception & idealism. it really is destined to be crucial & enduring publication to return out of the Clinton management.
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A few weeks earlier, with my help, Bill Clinton had been elected president — and soon I'd be working for him in the White House. But first I had to visit the Rose Law Firm. ” Not that anyone's ever been murdered there (as far as I know), but its pedigree, power, and aura of buttoned-down mystery had made it a force in Arkansas for more than a century. It was also Hillary Rodham Clinton's firm. All that made me a little nervous as I walked through the empty streets of Little Rock. I knew my background check was just a formality and believed I had nothing to hide.
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