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"The book, which weighs in at more than 950 pages, is sloppy, self-indulgent and often eye-crossingly dull — the sound of one man prattling away, not for the reader, but for himself and some distant recording angel of history."
"In many ways, the book is a mirror of Mr. Clinton's presidency: lack of discipline leading to squandered opportunities; high expectations, undermined by self-indulgence and scattered concentration. "
"it devolves into a hodgepodge of jottings: part policy primer, part 12-step confessional, part stump speech and part presidential archive, all, it seems, hurriedly written and even more hurriedly edited."
Is it an honest review? Most likely, yes. Joe Klien, (Author of “The Natural: Bill Clinton's Misunderstood Presidency” & “Primary Colors”) read the book and had this to say about the review while on Meet the Press. (transcript)
MR. KLEIN: Well, I mean, you know, it's an accurate review of almost every presidential memoir that's ever been written. This is a presidential memoir. And, you know, it's an open secret that Clinton wanted to write two books. He wanted to write one book about his Arkansas childhood and another book about his presidency, and he kind of has in this case. The Arkansas sections are written, sometimes they're moving. They're not really tremendously well-written, but they're written. The rest of the book, though, is a kind of diary dump, you know--his account of the presidency--with the exception of the sections on Ken Starr. You know, it's "If this is Tuesday, we must be in Northern Ireland." And I think it's sloppy and I don't think there was very much care taken, and I think, as usual with Bill Clinton, he was rushing to meet a deadline.”
posted by: Brian Scott