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The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House Hardcover – 1 Jun 1994

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; First Edition edition (Jun. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671864866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671864866
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,569,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A compulsive, Grisham-like read."

-- "The New York Times Book Review"

"A compulsive, Grisham-like read."

-- "The New York Times Book Review"



"A triumph of the reporter's art."

-- "The Washington Post Book World"



"A triumph of the reporter's art."
-- "The Washington Post Book World"

"A compulsive, Grisham-like read."
-- "The New York Times Book Review"

"As always, Woodward...displays an amazing ability to get his sources to say things they shouldn't."
-- "BusinessWeek"

""The Agenda" is a great read.... The pace is fast, the quotes are crisp, and the scenes are often dramatic.... Spellbinding political drama."
-- "The Philadelphia Inquirer" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for forty-one years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for The Washington Post's coverage of the Watergate scandal, and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored twelve #1 national nonfiction bestsellers. He has two daughters, Tali and Diana, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, writer Elsa Walsh. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Hardcover
This is the first Bob Woodward book I have read, and I was impressed by his vivid, down to earth writing style.
What shocked me about the events described is the way Clinton's legislative programme was killed off in his first 100 days in office, mainly by the lack of Senate support from his own party.
Time after time we read of humiliating meetings where he tries to offer compromises to Democratic Senators in exchange for their support ( these meetings were rarely successful).
There is no evidence of a "Whips Office" or any other means of compelling them to vote the party line.
The impression created is that US Senators see themselves primarily as one man pressure groups for local interests, Democrat and Republican are merely labels of convenience, and do not carry any obligation of party loyalty.
Clinton himself seems likable but weak, tending to hold the opinions of the last person he spoke to.
All in all, an excellent book. I will certainly read more by this author.
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Format: Audio Cassette
Once again Bob Woodward has managed to produce a first-rate narrative on intricate political matters. He cuts through the smoke surrounding the Clinton whitehouse and examines what the goals where, whether or not they where achieved, and when not. It is in this regard that his talent for personal faults and misjudgements comes to its full use. One would only wish that he had taken a bit moretime to examine the motives and judgement of Mr. Clinton.
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Format: Paperback
For a book that will certainly serve as a primary source for presidential historians because of its insider reporting, this book is extremely disappointing and indeed superficial. You get a kind of blow by blow report of Clinton's tumultuous first year in the White House with virtually no analysis and context, but instead just raw description. I was appalled at how much trash was in it.

The one nugget I took away was that in that first year, Clinton spent too much time chatting with aides due to his "lack of discipline" and enjoyment of exercising his mind with the extraordinary grasp he had of policy. But there is no exploration of his character, and indeed ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the details of the policies he was attempting to advance. As such, this book is like so much election journalism of today: covering the horse race but not the issues.

Not recommended, except for academics doing deep research.
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