The Best of Times by Haynes Johnson
America in the Clinton Years

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The Best of Times--the '90s were indeed the best of times. Unprecedented wealth and the breathtaking progress of science and technology ushered in the Internet and the deciphering of the genome. Promises abounded, but a deepening sense of unease hovered over America as the worst of times seemed to be upon us as well-gossip, scandal, and a frenzied media like nothing ever seen before.

Based on exclusive interviews with the decade's most influential players, here is a fascinating re-creation of the best and worst episodes of the decade. With sweeping force and cultural acumen, Johnson revives the '90s, the ups and downs, filled with all that we may have forgotten and, most importantly, all that we never knew. In four fascinating parts, Johnson delivers the stories behind the stories-revealing the personalities behind the media party of the '90s, the partisanship that didn't succeed in bringing down the president, the pervasive technology that stretched from Silicon Valley to Monsanto with the corresponding hopes and fears, and the equally extreme reactions on Wall Street to every last bit of it.

A tremendous work from a major authority and writer, The Best of Times covers the entire wonderful yet woeful decade, gavel to gavel.
Includes interviews with:
Book One: Technotimes
Nathan Myhrvold, chief technology guru (former), Microsoft
David Baltimore, president, Cal Tech University and Nobel Prize winner
Bob Shapiro, chief executive officer, Monsanto
Regis McKenna, entrepreneur

Book Two: Teletimes
Ted Harbert, head of TV programming, DreamWorks SKG
Norman Lear, creator of "All in the Family"
David Geffen, partner, DreamWorks SKG
Michael Bloomberg, head of Bloomberg News
Steven Brill, founder of Brill's Content

Book Three: Scandal Times
Sam Dash, law professor, Georgetown
Senator Alan K. Simpson (former)
Senator Dale Bumpers (former)

Book Four: Millennial Times
Senator Bob Kerrey (former)
Senator John McCain
Dr. Ruth Faden, medical ethicist

In addition, Johnson interviewed leaders of Congress, top White House aides, cabinet members, and prominent political operatives of both parties in gathering material for this history.


About Haynes Johnson

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Haynes Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the bestsellers Sleepwalking Through History and The Bay of Pigs. He is a regular television commentator on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and lives in Washington, D.C.
Published October 1, 2001 by Harcourt. 624 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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On the third, American culture and society at the dawn of the millennium, Johnson closely follows the ups and downs of the market, fashions, college-exam scores, and other telling indicators of modern life, while on the fourth, the career of William Jefferson Clinton, he does a solid job of portr...

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While turning page after page of scandal --- and feeling slightly dirtier for it by the end of the book --- he also devotes chapters to the amazing advances in science and technology (human genome project, cloning, the Internet) made during the Clinton years, not to mention the economic boom.

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The New York Review of Books

Roland finds between the pages of one of Ash’s books, which he is reading in the London Library, a draft of a warm letter from the proper, married Ash to an unknown lady.

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Harvard Business Review

The five phases of change Helping employees support change--of whatever scope--starts with understanding the five phases of a change initiative and the emotions each phase typically provokes, says Jeanie Daniel Duck, a former senior partner of the Boston Consulting Group and author of The Change...

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