《Bran-New + Hardcover Edition + Bill Clinton New Biography On How He Build His Global Brand》Joe Conason - MAN OF THE WORLD : The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton
This New York Times bestseller of Bill Clinton Biography in hardcover edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with new-book plastic wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM133.88 (Hardcover). Now here Only at RM30. “A rich, believable portrait of a master politician out of office: needy, rivalrous, thin-skinned, proud, hot-tempered.” —The New York Review of Books Updated in 2017 and hailed as, “engrossing…detailed and intimate” (Publishers Weekly), veteran political journalist Joe Conason’s Man of the World brings you along with Bill Clinton, as the forty-second president blazes new paths in his post-presidential career. It is unlike the second career of any other president: “Bill Clinton” is a global brand, rising from the dark days of his White House departure to become one of the most popular names in the world. Conason describes how that happened, examining Clinton’s achievements, his failures, his motivations, and his civilian life. He explains why Clinton’s ambitions for the world continue to inspire (and infuriate). Conason, who has covered Clinton for twenty years, interviewed him many times for this book—as well as Hillary and Chelsea and many of his friends, aides, rivals, and supporters. He has travelled with Clinton to Africa, Haiti, Israel, and across America. Clinton has earned tens of millions of dollars and raised billions for philanthropy, much of it from foreign sources, provoking questions about transparency and probity even as Hillary Clinton runs again for the presidency. Conason closely examines the financial support from other countries, corporations, and wealthy individuals, while assessing the Clinton Foundation’s very real, far reaching achievements. He observes Clinton campaigning for his wife and asks: How would America’s very first First Gentleman fare in a Hillary Clinton White House? Man of the World—starring the one and only Bill Clinton—tells the engrossing story of an extraordinary man who is still seeking to do good in the world. Extremely interesting books for those who is interested in Bill Clinton or US politics in general. Especially I enjoyed reading it because the author covered Clinton for twenty years, interviewed him many times for this book, so there is a feeling that you are meeting Bill Clinton in person) Excellent book as well. It's not a puff piece. It takes Clinton to task on many issues, but also studies the positive global impact he has had since leaving the Presidency. Focuses mostly on Clinton's work starting the Clinton Foundation and the genesis of its extraordinary work providing AIDS/HIV treatment to millions of people in developing countries. A fascinating tale of the activities of an ex-president who may have been one of our best presidents, and is undoubtedly a great philanthropist in his post-presidential. KIRKUS REVIEW ： The post-presidential life of Bill Clinton. In this admiring account, veteran journalist and National Memo editor-in-chief Conason traces the former president’s career from his 2001 departure from the White House—when he was $11 million in debt, vilified by “habitual haters,” and seeking some purpose—to his present role as head of the Clinton Global Initiative, with a “sterling international image” as perhaps “the most popular man in the world.” Written with the cooperation of Clinton and his staff, the author’s often absorbing chronicle captures the energy and charisma of the former president as he turns to the admiring global community, launching a “frantic, peripatetic career as the world’s best-paid public speaker” and finding a mission in his philanthropic work in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. While badly bloated with needless details on travels, the sniping of enemies, and ceaseless card games, the book offers sharp insights into the roles of loyal aids, most notably Ira Magaziner, as well as family members in supporting Clinton’s initiatives to fight AIDS and other diseases and to rebuild communities around the world. Inspired by a desire to create a substantive alternative to the World Economic Forum, the CGI has become a powerful model for entrepreneurial cooperation in world affairs. The author offers many telling details: how he learned from Nelson Mandela to view with compassion those who had wronged him; how he bonded with George H.W. Bush in disaster relief efforts and clashed with presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama; and his advising of British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the onset of the Iraq War. Conason also tells the stories of the creation of the Clinton library in Little Rock and the making of the ex-president’s memoir, My Life. Certain to appeal to Clinton devotees, especially in light of the possibility of still further Bill Clinton endeavors as first gentleman. ---------------------------------------------------- The New York Times Review : Bill Clinton’s post-presidency began with a scandal. On his very last day in office, Clinton pardoned the “fugitive financier” Marc Rich, causing an uproar: Why on earth would Clinton pardon a crook who had fled to Switzerland to avoid tax fraud charges? Was it a quid pro quo involving the financier’s former wife, Denise Rich, who had contributed truckloads of cash to various Clinton endeavors? That seemed the obvious explanation. But no, the real story, according to Joe Conason — channeling Bill Clinton, who gave him lots of access — was that the Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak had pushed Clinton hard for it. Rich had been useful to Israel over the years, a secret deal-maker, an intelligence asset — and Barak had Clinton over a bit of a barrel: They were in the midst of last-minute efforts to negotiate a Middle East peace deal with Yasir Arafat. Barak had already made significant concessions; Clinton owed him, but the president also wanted more leverage if a final Israeli compromise was needed. The pardon, then, was a gamble for peace, for the greater good, which Clinton was willing to make at the expense of his own reputation. This is not implausible. And it reveals the unstated thesis of this book: Time and again in his post-presidency, Bill Clinton was willing to risk his short-term standing for long-term humanitarian gains and — not coincidentally — a grand legacy. Conason has spent much of his career defending Clinton. His book “The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton,” written with the Arkansas journalist Gene Lyons, was an often convincing rebuttal to the conspiracy theories, partisan investigations and sloppy journalism that plagued the Clinton presidency. “Man of the World” promised to carry the story forward, to the nearly 16 years since he left office. An insider’s account of Clintonia might have been compelling, as the Rich pardon story is, and valuable — as Conason’s account of Clinton’s remarkable work in Africa is. But there are multiple problems here. Conason is too close, he feels the need to defend Clinton from every last negative story written about him and his family — and he also feels the need to report every last visit to every last impoverished town in Africa (and every last celebrity who accompanied the president, and every last private airplane they flew in). The book is overstuffed, and too often reads like a presidential memoir. Hagiography is mocked as a literary form, but — at its best — it can be inspirational. Some of the finest political biographies are robust celebrations of their subjects. But there is little that is celebratory here. “Man of the World” assumes a defensive crouch: “To write a book about Bill Clinton, as I know from past experience, is to invite pointed criticism and even angry denunciation,” Conason says. But that’s not true. In the barn at his Chappaqua home, Clinton has several shelves of books about his presidency — including, caveat lector, one by me, “The Natural” — most of which did not invite denunciation, angry or otherwise. And many of which acknowledge this basic truth from Conason about the Clintons: “Like her husband,” Hillary Clinton “felt such confidence in her own probity that she was unable to imagine how others might view her acceptance of enormous sums of money from special interests.” That’s a world-class conundrum right there. Conason might have written a fascinating book that focused on the conflict between the great works done — an estimated seven million Africans treated for AIDS by an arm of the Clinton Foundation, for instance — and the appearance of impropriety, the cozying up to sketchy plutocrats looking to improve their public images through charitable giving and the shadow such transactions would cast on Hillary Clinton, first as secretary of state and then as the Democratic nominee for president of the United States. To take one example, Conason does yeoman work knocking down some of the more outlandish claims in “Clinton Cash,” a conservative tract written by Peter Schweizer in 2015. But he doesn’t mention one of Schweizer’s most unsettling contentions, subsequently confirmed by Punditfact: that Bill Clinton gave 13 speeches for more than $500,000 between 2001 and 2012, 11 of them while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. I don’t believe the Clintons are fundamentally corrupt, but jeez — how could a master politician like Bill Clinton allow himself to indulge in such a flagrant appearance of impropriety? Conason does report on conflicts within the Clinton Foundation, and marriage, along with Clinton’s tiffs with Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama — but gently, gently. Many significant questions go unanswered, which is especially frustrating given Conason’s access to all the major players. He describes a dinner party Madeleine Albright held for Hillary Clinton and former secretaries of state after she joins the Obama administration. According to Conason (and also according to Clinton in her F.B.I. testimony), Colin Powell “suggested that she use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications.” Powell claims “no recollection” of the conversation. (Conason has recently said he spoke to a Powell assistant while doing his research, though this is not mentioned in the book, and was told that “Powell does recall sharing with Secretary Clinton his use of his email account and how useful it was,” but that “he knew nothing then or until recently about her private home server.”) When Douglas Band, Bill Clinton’s closest aide, leaves the foundation to form a private consulting firm — another sketchy endeavor, which, in effect, sold access to the former president — Conason writes that Band “felt that he understood what was good about Clinton, and what was less good.” But we don’t. Nor do we understand Clinton’s strange attraction to his good friend and business partner Ron Burkle, the supermarket mogul. Conason too casually dismisses a famous Vanity Fair piece about Clinton-Burkle high jinks on Burkle’s plane, written by Todd Purdum, who is married to Clinton’s former press secretary Dee Dee Myers. Why has Clinton allowed himself to be surrounded by questionable sorts like Burkle, Steve Bing (two paternity suits) and Jeffrey Epstein (convicted of soliciting sex from an underage girl)? Well, they all had access to private planes. And they all contributed mightily to Clinton’s remarkable programs in Africa and elsewhere. The most valuable passages in “Man of the World” recount the work of the president and his longtime policy pal, Ira Magaziner, in establishing the Clinton H.I.V./AIDS Initiative (CHAI). It is a classic instance of what Clinton does best, mobilizing a private-public partnership, an international “buyer’s club” to raise funds for drugs and testing equipment, and then spending the time and effort to train local health workers, leaving a double legacy of a healthier population and a functioning health service in countries that had neither. There are roadblocks aplenty, with recalcitrant government leaders like Thabo Mbeki in South Africa, and also with the bureaucrats attempting to implement President George W. Bush’s own — very admirable — AIDS plan. Clinton’s ability to charm almost anyone is the sort of weapon rarely deployed for humanitarian causes. Bill Clinton was a very good president and perhaps an even better former president, but he and his wife — another fine public servant — have caused a near-mania of revulsion among their conservative opponents and a great frustration among their nonsycophantic admirers. Much of the mainstream media has, on occasion, overreacted to their flaws and foibles. The question is: Why have they inspired such passions? Part of the answer, undoubtedly, is the combination of Bill Clinton’s great talents and overweening appetites; part of it is Hillary Clinton’s myopic sense of personal righteousness; part of it is that they are lawyers, who try to use words — foolishly, sometimes — to extricate themselves from mistakes; and part of it is that they are the perfect exemplars of the baby boom generation, charismatic and idealistic and greedy for glory. In the solipsistic bookcase in Bill Clinton’s barn, there isn’t one account that really gets to the heart of their enigma. But then, their story isn’t quite done. About the Author Joe Conason is editor-in-chief of The National Memo and an editor at The Investigative Fund. A widely published columnist and reporter, he is the author of several books, including Big Lies, and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton. He lives in New York City with his family.
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