George Stephanopoulos's All too human: a political education PDF

By George Stephanopoulos

ISBN-10: 0316929190

ISBN-13: 9780316929196

All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the clean viewpoint of 1 who obtained his palms at the levers of notable strength at an early age. At thirty, the writer used to be at invoice Clinton's aspect in the course of the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the following 5 years he was once hardly greater than a step clear of the president & his different advisers at each very important second of the 1st time period. What Liar's Poker did to Wall highway, this e-book will do to politics. it's an irreverent & intimate portrait of the way the nation's weighty enterprise is carried out by way of humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies are not any sturdier than an individual else's. together with sharp pix of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & ratings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory debts of the recognized debacles & triumphs of an management that continually went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, a super mixture of pragmatic perception & idealism. it's destined to be crucial & enduring booklet to return out of the Clinton management.

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Then I walked across the Oval, opened a door, and found myself in a pocket-sized room — windowless and bare, except for nude pinups of Monica pasted on its walls. I was struggling in my dream with the Clinton I loved and the Clinton I feared, the president I served and the man I didn't want to see. As I write these words, a popular president presiding over an America prosperous and at peace has been impeached. Clinton's lawyers are skillfully defending him in a Senate trial against the charge that he committed perjury and obstructed justice to conceal his sexual affair with a twenty-two-year-old intern.

Paul Tsongas, a Greek American, was my intended. Joining his campaign would have felt like accepting an arranged marriage. He had been a good senator, and I had once sent him a fan letter after reading his book about his struggle with cancer. But Tsongas had no charisma, and his economic plan read more like a corporate report than a populist manifesto. He was for cutting capital gain taxes and cutting Medicare spending, precisely the policies I'd been working against. And after 1988, there was no way the Democrats would nominate another cerebral Greek from Massachusetts.

Usually my mom let me do what I wanted so long as I stayed out of trouble. This time she just said, “No. ” I'm still grateful. Not that I became a champion, far from it. I lost my first match 19–2 and never caught up. I guess I never developed the killer instinct. Before a bout I would look up at the clock from the side of the mat and remind myself that win or lose, the ordeal would soon be over. You could pretty much sum up my high school wrestling career with an item from our local paper my sophomore year: “The agony of defeat is etched in the face of Orange High School's George Stephanopoulos,” read the caption beneath a picture of me getting pinned.

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