The Clinton Tapes

Wrestling History with the President

By Taylor Branch
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781416543343, 720pp.)

Publication Date: June 1, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Hardcover, Hardcover

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The Clinton Tapes highlights major events of Clinton’s two terms, including war in Bosnia, the anti-deficit crusade, health reform failure, anti-terrorist strikes, peace initiatives, the 1996 re-election campaign, and Whitewater investigations culminating in his 1999 impeachment trial.

About the Author

Taylor Branch is the bestselling author of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63; Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65; At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968; and The Clinton Tapes. He has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009

Taylor Branch's book, The Clinton Tapes, documents dozens of private interviews with the former president. Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins Branch to talk about the Clinton years, and stories heating up in political circles. More at

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Monday, Sep 28, 2009

During the eight years that Bill Clinton was president of the United States, he secretly recorded interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch. More at

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Praise For The Clinton Tapes

eoeI have seldom read a more compelling account of a leader in power. . . . An unexpected treasure-trove. Here is Clinton out of hours and off his guard. . . . The story behind this book reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie.e

--Robert Harris, The Sunday Times (London)

eoeA remarkable portrait of White House life. . . . An important work about American political life. . . . Branch is an historian by trade, and an excellent one. . . . To the extent that Branche(TM)s portrait of the president rescues politics from ignominy, he has done a real public service; that he has done this while vividly portraying an exuberant American original is cause for joy. . . . Revealing and often delightful.e

--Joe Klein, The New York Times Book Review

eoeBy turns intimate and dispassionately historical . . . this book will be a boon to historians. The casual reader might delight more in Branche(TM)s glimpses of an unguarded president.e
--Gilbert Cruz, Time

eoeTaylor Branche(TM)s latest book has made me whistle more than any comparable piece of work for a very long time, and not just because of its many remarkable disclosures.e

--Christopher Hitchens, Newsweek

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