The Age of Clinton

The Age of Clinton

America in the 1990s

Book - 2015
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"The 1990s was a decade of extreme change. Seismic shifts in culture, politics, and technology radically altered the way Americans did business, expressed themselves, and thought about their role in the world. At the center of it all was Bill Clinton, the talented, charismatic, and flawed Baby Boomer president and his controversial, polarizing, but increasingly popular wife Hillary. Although it was in many ways a Democratic Gilded Age, the final decade of the twentieth century was also a time of great anxiety. The Cold War was over, America was safe, stable, free, and prosperous, and yet Americans felt more unmoored, anxious, and isolated than ever. Having lost the script telling us our place in the world, we were forced to seek new anchors. This was the era of glitz and grunge, when we simultaneously relished living in the Republic of Everything even as we feared it might degenerate into the Republic of Nothing. Bill Clinton dominated this era, a man of passion and of contradictions both revered and reviled, whose complex legacy has yet to be clearly defined. In this unique analysis, historian Gil Troy examines Clinton's presidency alongside the cultural changes that dominated the decade. By taking the '90s year-by-year, Troy shows how the culture of the day shaped the Clintons even as the Clintons shaped it. In so doing, he offers answers to two of the enduring questions about Clinton's legacy: how did such a talented politician leave Americans thinking he accomplished so little when he actually accomplished so much? And, to what extent was Clinton responsible for the catastrophes of the decade that followed his departure from office, specifically 9/11 and the collapse of the housing market?"--
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781250063724
Branch Call Number: 973.929092 CLI-T


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Aug 23, 2015

I cannot imagine a book on anyone so very superficial and one-dimensional as Bill Clinton, who ran for the position of governor of Arkasas on the promise of rolling back the right-to-work nonsense [reinstituting collective bargaining], but then reneged! Since GHW Bush couldn't get NAFTA passed, they brought in the bankers' boy, Clinton, who signed NAFTA, GATT, the legislation for China into the WTO, the Telecommunications Act to reconstitute AT&T, the Omnibus Crime Bill to fill the quickly privatizing prisons, the REIT Modernization Act & Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act & Commodity Futures Modernization Act to set the stage for a super-wealth transfer from the majority to the one-tenth of one percent! So many more negatives if space would only allow . . . [And once out of the presidency, Clinton would lobby for ever more free trade agreements to offshore many, many more American jobs!]

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