Clinton in Exile by Carol Felsenthal

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On January 20, 2001, the most powerful and arguably most ambitious man in the world relinquished the public stage, reluctantly, at the young age of fifty-four. Since then President Bill Clinton has moved in and out of the shadows of this "exile," leaving the millions who knew him to wonder: How has this man of such outsized talent and passions adjusted to leaving power?

Based on more than 150 interviews with the former president's friends, associates, and sometime enemies, Clinton in Exile takes readers from Clinton's last hours in office, through his indulgent personal life and well-publicized humanitarian efforts, to his front-of-camera and behind-the-scenes coordination of his wife's presidential campaign. This is a fascinating and textured portrait of one of the most towering, intriguing, and deeply controversial figures of our time.


About Carol Felsenthal

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Carol Felsenthal is a journalist whose in-depth magazine articles about numerous political figures have received wide acclaim. She is also the author of several highly praised biographies on such high-profile figures as Alice Roosevelt Longworth, S. I. Newhouse, Jr., and Katharine Graham. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Compulsively readable account and analysis of President Clinton's years out of office, perfectly timed for his "First Laddie" campaign.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Clinton in Exile

Publishers Weekly

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Taking on former President Bill Clinton, the perennial object of America's love-hate fascination, biographer and political journalist Felsenthal (Citizen Newhouse: Portrait of a Media Merchant) finds

Apr 28 2008 | Read Full Review of Clinton in Exile

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This book explores loaded subjects like Bill Clinton’s last-minute pardons, imperiled legacy, flashy billionaire friends and business connections.

Apr 28 2008 | Read Full Review of Clinton in Exile


It's true that anonymous sources and interviews are a sometimes necessary evil, but it's equally true that it's impossible to truly judge the credibility of an anonymous source.

Jul 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Clinton in Exile

Lewis discretely—he still hasn’t recognized the man as Rahm—snaps a photo, aiming at the bottle but, by necessity, also at Rahm, who warms Lewis, “You better not put that [photo] anywhere, or you’re in big trouble.” Lewis, who has finally realized that the man issuing the threat is Rahm Emanuel, ...

Oct 02 2013 | Read Full Review of Clinton in Exile

+ Valerie Jarrett, assistant to President Obama and senior advisor and close friend of both Obamas .

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Born in 1948, Patrick Quinn is the grandson of Patrick Joseph Quinn, an immigrant from Ireland who was a miner in Montana before moving to Chicago, opening a grocery store in Englewood in 1914, and serving as a Democratic precinct captain.

Jul 01 2014 | Read Full Review of Clinton in Exile

Cities have problems, and Chicago is no different, but to imagine that Chicago has anything in common with Detroit is simpleminded in the extreme (and shows a lack of historical context regarding either city).

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