- Gebundene Ausgabe: 1008 Seiten
- Verlag: Knopf; Auflage: First Edition, notations on Fep (22. Juni 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0375414576
- ISBN-13: 978-0375414572
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 5,5 x 23,8 cm
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My Life (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 22. Juni 2004
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An exhaustive, soul-searching memoir, Bill Clinton's My Life is a refreshingly candid look at the former president as a son, brother, teacher, father, husband, and public figure. Clinton painstakingly outlines the history behind his greatest successes and failures, including his dedication to educational and economic reform, his war against a "vast right-wing operation" determined to destroy him, and the "morally indefensible" acts for which he was nearly impeached. My Life is autobiography as therapy--a personal history written by a man trying to face and banish his private demons.
Clinton approaches the story of his youth with gusto, sharing tales of giant watermelons, nine-pound tumors, a charging ram, famous mobsters and jazz musicians, and a BB gun standoff. He offers an equally energetic portrait of American history, pop culture, and the evolving political landscape, covering the historical events that shaped his early years (namely the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and JFK) and the events that shaped his presidency (Waco, Bosnia, Somalia). What makes My Life remarkable as a political memoir is how thoroughly it is infused with Clinton's unassuming, charmingly pithy voice:
I learned a lot from the stories my uncle, aunts, and grandparents told me: that no one is perfect but most people are good; that people can't be judged only by their worst or weakest moments; that harsh judgments can make hypocrites of us all; that a lot of life is just showing up and hanging on; that laughter is often the best, and sometimes the only, response to pain.
However, that same voice might tire readers as Clinton applies his penchant for minute details to a distractible laundry list of events, from his youth through the years of his presidency. Not wanting to forget a single detail that might help account for his actions, Clinton overdoes it--do we really need to know the name of his childhood barber? But when Clinton sticks to the meat of his story--recollections about Mother, his abusive stepfather, Hillary, the campaign trail, and Kenneth Starr--the veracity of emotion and Kitchen Confidential-type revelations about "what it is like to be President" make My Life impossible to put down.
To Clinton, "politics is a contact sport," and while he claims that My Life is not intended to make excuses or assign blame, it does portray him as a fighter whose strategy is to "take the first hit, then counterpunch as hard as I could." While My Life is primarily a stroll through Clinton's memories, it is also a scathing rebuke--a retaliation against his detractors, including Kenneth Starr, whose "mindless search for scandal" protected the guilty while "persecuting the innocent" and distracted his Administration from pressing international matters (including strikes on al Qaeda). Counterpunch indeed.
At its core, My Life is a charming and intriguing if flawed book by an equally intriguing and flawed man who had his worst failures and humiliations made public. Ultimately, the man who left office in the shadow of scandal offers an honest and open account of his life, allowing readers to witness his struggle to "drain the most out of every moment" while maintaining the character with which he was raised. It is a remarkably intimate, persuasive look at the boy he was, the President he became, and man he is today. --Daphne Durham
"By a generous measure, the richest American presidential autobiography–no other book tells us as vividly or fully what it is like to be president of the United States.... And he can write.” --Larry McMurtry, The New York Times Book Review “My Life is, without question, the best written U.S. presidential tome of all time.” --Douglas Brinkley, Financial Times “A hell of a good story.” --Frank McCourt, Entertainment Weekly“It’s an almost voluptuous pleasure to read Clinton when he’s recounting and analyzing a political race or a legislative battle, whether it’s one of his own or somebody else’s.” —The New Yorker “Consistently fascinating.” --The Seattle Times“Clinton talks with disarming frankness [and] writes with grace and fluidity. . . . He is also a born storyteller.” --The New Republic“Might just be the perfect representation of the man himself.” --The Plain Dealer “Clinton has many tales to tell, particularly a rich, sometimes moving account of his years before the public life, fit for future analytical historians and biographers. . . . The personal and the political are intertwined. . . . Clinton’s story very much reflects the man we know.” --The Nation “He manages to create the distinct impression that he is sitting in the living room talking to the reader. . . . Anyone who is geninely interested in American politics will find his insights and anecdotes fascinating. . . . The book helps to elucidate the question of ‘how he did it.’ ” --Deseret Morning News“It’s a saga worthy of Cecil B. DeMille, a rags-to-riches tale full of the stuff of human frailty, with a cast of hundreds, complete with low-life villians and high-minded heroes and, as such stories require, an upbeat ending. . . . The 1990s come to life once again as a time of uncommon tumult and riveting personalities. . . . The personalities on parade are as vivid as the events.” --Newark Star-Ledger“ Tremendously interesting and entertaining. . . . Clinton’s is a truly American story to which the average person can relate. . . . Future politicians will find it a must-read, and average Americans will identify with the highs and lows we all experience as we make our way through life.” --Chattanooga Times Free Press “Takes readers through a strong account of the achievements and failures of his administrattion. . . . No other presidential memoir is likely to be so lively. . . . Bill Clinton is hard to dismiss, and so is an account of his extraordinary life.” -- The Tennessean“A reading of MyLife is a necessity for lovers of good autobiograpy. It reads like a down-home history of a life and, thus, anchors Clinton as a superb storyteller. . . . Candid. . . . Honest. . . . Stimulating.” --Huntsville TimesAlle Produktbeschreibungen
Das vorliegende ca. 6 ½ stündige Hörbuch ist die gekürzte Fassung der Druckversion und wird vom Autor in der Originalsprache selbst gelesen. Es setzt neben mehr als soliden Englischkenntnissen mindestens ein nachhaltiges Interesse an US-amerikanischer Politik voraus. Wer sich sensationelle Passagen zum Kapitel Monica Lewinsky erwartet, wird enttäuscht sein. Abgesehen von einigen Ausführungen über seine Arkansas Jugend, Ausbildungszeit in und außerhalb Amerikas, die Umstände, wie er seine Frau Hillary kennenlernte und seine Tochter zu ihrem Namen kam, halten sich persönliche Details in Grenzen. Kern- und Schwerpunkte des Hörbuches sind - wie auch kaum anders zu erwarten - sein Aufbruch aus dem provinziellen Arkansas nach Washington D.C. und seine Amtszeit im Weißen Haus in den 90er Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts. Auch die mehr als umstrittene Wahl George W. Bushs zu seinem Nachfolger findet ihre gebührende Erwähnung.
Fazit: Das aus 6 CDs bestehende Hörbuch ist als sprachliche Einstimmung und Vorbereitung auf einen US-Aufenthalt bestens geeignet. Clintons Aussprache ist gut verständlich. Mit seinem Verständnis ins Schleudern geraten kann der deutsche Hörer schon einmal bei den Passagen, die zu sehr in innenpolitische Personen-, Wirtschafts- und Politikdetails des Staates Arkansas abgleiten. Trotzdem allen Interessenten an der amerikanischen Sprache, amerikanischer Politik und last but not least der Person Bill Clintons uneingeschränkt empfehlbar.
Das Buch ist flüssig und gut geschrieben, in einem lockeren amerikanischen Englisch, dass man gut verstehen kann. Die privaten und dienstlichen Bilder runden die Geschichte perfekt ab und geben einen wirklich guten Einblick in sein Leben. Natürlich habe ich nicht alle Kapitel gelesen - weil vieles gerade in den jungen Jahren - mit sehr vielen kleinen lokalen Geschichten gespickt ist; und die sind für den internationalen Leser vielleicht nicht immer interessant.
Gut finde ich aber weiterhin das ausführliche Register. Hier kann man schnell nochmal bestimmte Sachen nachlesen, die einem so in den Kopf kommen, ohne dass man sich gleich durch allzu lange Passagen durchsuchen müsste.
in other words, you've got to order Volume II The Presidential Years as well.
Great reading, either way.
Unless you are a friend or a big fan of Mr. Clinton, you will find this book not worth the effort. Fully half is devoted to descriptions of daily events during his two presidential terms. Almost all of the events you will probably remember from living through those years. Although these events were needed for completeness, there was little added that was new. I found the background descriptions of assisting the negotiations between Israel, Syria, and the Palestinians to be the most interesting part of the presidential section.
The best part of the book comes in the period before his first election in Arkansas. How did a young man from a very troubled home end up on the fast track for early political success? Although you will not be able to totally answer that question from reading this book, you will certainly know a lot more than you did before you started. I was especially impressed by the incredible loyalty that he showed to his stepfather, despite the awful treatment that his mother received. I did not realize that Mr. Clinton had only legally adopted the last name of Clinton after his mother remarried his stepfather.
I would have enjoyed a section about how young people can learn from his early experiences. Perhaps he will write something like that in a future book.
If you are looking for lots of insights into his personal inclination to cause pain in his marriage through affairs, you won't find anything new. You will find out the day when his wife stopped making him sleep on the sofa in the White House.
Although the book is mostly a diary of what he did and when, there are occasional moments of reflection in the book that make reading it rewarding. Unfortunately, the new reflections only occur about every 50 pages or so. Most of the best reflections are in the first half of the book.
The main ingredient that is missing from the book is the tremendous personal appeal that Mr. Clinton excites in many people. That element of his success is largely hidden in this account. He has a genuine liking for others, a sense of commitment to helping them and an incredible stamina for taking on challenges. It would have been good to combine this book with a CD of reminiscences about peoples' reactions to him at very critical times.
You also don't get much of a sense of his high intelligence, encyclopedic memory, and grasp of complex situations. I have heard Mr. Clinton go on for hours about difficult policy questions without notes and without knowing what questions would be asked. In fact, he tends to downplay those skills.
The material about his presidency would have been greatly enhanced with advice for future presidents.
The end of the book has an almost whiny tone in complaining about Right Wing conspiracies and recalcitrant Republicans in Congress. That part could have been edited down further. You'll get the idea after the first few pages of this discussion.
Frankly, I would not have finished the book except that many of my friends are in the book, and I found myself looking forward to their appearances in the text and what would be said about them.
For most people, you can read the first half and skip the rest.
If you really want to know about certain parts of his life and want to skip the others, the index can give you a pathway to create your own condensed books version of his life.
If you did not find him to be a person who inspired you, I suggest that you skip the book.
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