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A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton as Told by Those Who Know Him Hardcover – Oct 19 2010

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (Oct. 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030012130X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300121308
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #840,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A valuable document. . . [and] also timely. . . . [A Complicated Man] is fair and balanced. . . . When dealing with someone as inspiring and infuriating as the 42nd president, that is no small feat."—Christian Science Monitor
(Christian Science Monitor)

"This volume is an outstanding accomplishment. The Clinton that emerges is remarkably rich and three-dimensional: a protean and mercurial figure as likely to dazzle as he is to disappoint; his own worst enemy and his own best resource; a man of extraordinarily intense emotional need and extraordinarily impressive intellect and commitment. A historic contribution to the biographical record which will stand for generations."—Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
(Rick Perlstein)

"This book is perfectly titled. Bill Clinton was and is, indeed, 'a complicated man,' one of the three greatest natural politicians among twentieth-century presidents, along with FDR and LBJ, but also strangely flawed. These testimonies by people who knew him well throughout his life and career delve into both the strengths and weaknesses of this fascinating figure."—John Milton Cooper, author of The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt
(John Milton Cooper)

"Packed with fascinating personal perspective and testimony, Michael Takiff's A Complicated Man wholly justifies its title. The book is far more than a kaleidoscopic oral biography of President Bill Clinton. Aspect by aspect, it guides us through the struggles of postmodern America, as the most ambitious baby boomer of his generation seeks to modernize the Democratic Party—and, as in a Greek drama, is fated to be destroyed. Veritably, an all-American saga, with a cast of thousands—favorable and unfavorable."—Nigel Hamilton, author of American Caesars: Lives of the Presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush
(Nigel Hamilton)

“This is an ambitious and impressive work. Takiff has taken on a daunting subject and done very well with it.”—Lewis L. Gould, University of Texas at Austin
(Lewis L. Gould)

“There is a tradition of solid oral history books on Presidents and the Presidency, but nothing comes close to Michael Takiff’s A Complicated Man.  This is one of the best efforts on Clinton’s life in years, and it is the best oral history book ever written about a President of the United States.”—Anthony Bergen, Dead Presidents Blog
(Anthony Bergen Dead Presidents Blog)

“What Takiff delivers is an astonishing collection of 171 interviews, collectively offering an intimate portrait of former president Bill Clinton.”—Booklist, A Top 10 Biography of 2011

Won Honorable Mention in 2011 New York Book Festival in the Biography/Autobiography
(Biography/Autobiograpy Honorable Mention New York Book Festival)

"Takiff claims a certain objectivity and points to the fact that he interviewed 171 people who had commerce with Clinton."—Dave Wood, Anoka County Union
(Dave Wood Anoka County Union)

About the Author

Michael Takiff is an independent scholar and oral historian whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Post, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Salon. He is the author of Brave Men, Gentle Heroes: American Fathers and Sons in World War II and Vietnam.

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