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Titre : In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological ...
Éditeur : Tantor Media, Inc, United States
Date d'édition : 2008
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Library ed.
Language: English . Brand New. William Jefferson Clinton, the forty-second president of the United States, is undoubtedly the greatest American enigma of our age a dark horse who captured the White House, fell from grace, and was resurrected as an elder statesman whose popularity rises and falls based on the day s sound bites.John D. Gartner s In Search of Bill Clinton unravels the mystery at the heart of Clinton s complex nature and explains why so many people fall under his spell. Gartner tells the story we all thought we knew, from the fresh viewpoint of a psychologist, as he questions the well-crafted Clinton life story. Gartner, a therapist with expertise in treating individuals with hypomanic temperaments, saw in Clinton the energy, creativity, and charisma that leads a hypomanic individual to success as well as the problems with impulse control and judgment, which frequently result in disastrous decision making. He knew, though, that if he wanted to find the real Bill Clinton he couldn t rely on armchair psychology to provide the answer. He knew he had to travel to Arkansas and around the world to talk with those who knew Clinton and his family intimately. With his boots on the ground, Gartner uncovers long-held secrets about Clinton s mother, the ambitious and seductive Virginia Kelley, and her wild life in Hot Springs, as well as the ghostly specter of his biological father, Bill Blythe, to uncover the truth surrounding Clinton s rumor-filled birth. He considers the abusive influence of Clinton s alcoholic stepfather, Roger Clinton, to understand the repeated public abuse he invited both by challenging a hostile Republican Congress and engaging in the clandestine affair with Monica Lewinsky that led to his downfall. Of course, there is no marriage more dissected than that of the Clintons, both in the White House and on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign trail. Instead of going down familiar paths, Gartner looks at that relationship with a new focus and clearly sees, in Hillary s molding of Clinton into a more disciplined politician, the figure of Bill Clinton s stern grandmother, Edith Cassidy, the woman who set limits on him at an early age. Gartner brings Clinton s story up to date as he travels to Ireland, the scene of one of Clinton s greatest diplomatic triumphs, and to Africa, where his work with AIDS victims is unmatched, to understand Clinton s current humanitarian persona and to find out why he is beloved in so much of the world while still scorned by so many at home. Gartner s exhaustive trip around the globe provides the richest portrait of Clinton yet, a man who is one of our national obsessions.In Search of Bill Clinton is a surprising and compelling book about a man we all thought we knew. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9781400139989
Synopsis : Bill Clinton remains the great American enigma. John Gartner, a practicing psychologist, unravels the mystery of Clinton's complex nature by questioning the well-crafted Clinton life story we thought we knew. Travelling through Arkansas, Gartner uncovered long-held secrets about Clinton's wild and seductive mother, Virginia Kelley, the truth surrounding Clinton's birth and how Kelley's character set the tone for Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky. He considers Clinton's two fathers and how they might have contributed to his self-destructive nature and looks afresh at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to see in her the figure of Edith Cassidy, Clinton's stern grandmother who set limits on him at an early age. "In Search Of Bill Clinton" puts our 42nd President on the couch for the first time and tells us, finally, what makes him tick.
Critique: "John Gartner's new book In Search of Bill Clinton will, I think, help solve the riddle of the forty-second President: how a man with such superhuman talent could risk his entire life's work, as he did over Monica Lewinsky. In a wonderfully engaging quest, Gartner - a highly-experienced therapist - does what no psychologist has bothered to do over the past two decades of Clinton-watching: interview those who grew up with the man, and have intimate knowledge of his strengths and weaknesses. Written with lucidity, humor, compassion and amazing insight, it is a tour de force that not only helps explain one of the smartest yet complex men of our time, but shines a fascinating spotlight onto the problem of the super-gifted individual in our society." --Nigel Hamilton author of "Bill Clinton: An American Journey" and "Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency"
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