For Love of Politics

  • by Sally Bedell Smith
  • Narrated by Marc Cashman
  • 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

During their eight years in the White House, Bill and Hillary Clinton worked together more closely than the public ever knew. For Love of Politics is the first book to explain the dynamics of their relationship, showing that it is impossible to understand one Clinton without factoring in the other. Acclaimed author Sally Bedell Smith offers intimate scenes from the Clinton marriage, with new details and insights into how a passion for politics sustained Bill and Hillary through one crisis after another. Smith examines the origins of an unconventional co-presidency, explains the impact of the Clintons' tensions as well as their talents, and reveals how Hillary shifted from openly exercising power in the first two years to acting as a "hidden hand", advising her husband on a range of foreign and domestic issues as well as decisions on hiring and firing. Smith describes for the first time the inner workings of a White House with an unprecedented "three forces to be reckoned with": Bill, Hillary, and Al Gore, and shows how the first lady's rivalry with the vice president played out in the West Wing and even more profoundly during the 2000 campaign. As Hillary seeks to follow in her husband's footsteps, this riveting audiobook will leave listeners wondering what it would be like to have two presidents, both named Clinton, living in the White House.

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Balanced account of the Clintons in the White Hous

What did you like most about For Love of Politics?

It is balanced in its judgements but by presenting the information as it does allows the listener to reach their own conclusions.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Very pleased and surprised at how my own view of the Clintons had altered.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

Fascinating to learn how involved Hillary Clinton was in the policy making process and how she imposed her will on others.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Politics is Personal


Any additional comments?

Would recommend to people seeking a far minded account. Avoids both hagiography and blanket condemnation.

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- michael Billington

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-10-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape