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Man of the World : The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton (Hardcover) (Joe Conason)
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Veteran political journalist Joe Conason takes readers inside the post-presidential exploits of the perpetually fascinating Bill Clinton—and finds his continuing adventures just as colorful, controversial, and significant as his earlier political career.The extraordinary post-presidency of William Jefferson Clinton is unlike the second career of any other president. “Bill Clinton” is a global brand, ascending from the dark days of his White House departure to become perhaps the most popular name in the world. Joe Conason explains how that happened, examining Clinton’s achievements, his failures, his motivations—and why his outlook on the world continues to inspire (and infuriate) on a grand scale.Having known Clinton for more than twenty years, Conason interviewed him many times for this book—and gained access to dozens of the former president’s colleagues, friends, aides, and supporters, as well as family members, including Hillary and Chelsea. He has travelled with Clinton to Africa, Haiti, Israel, and across America for the Clinton Foundation.Clinton has earned millions himself and raised billions for philanthropy, much of it from foreign sources, prompting questions about transparency and probity—even allegations of corruption—as Hillary entered the Democratic presidential primary. Conason examines the substance of those accusations, the financial backing from other countries and wealthy individuals—and assesses the real achievements of the foundation.As ever, Clinton’s private life draws conjecture and he is often in the gossip columns alongside his fellow celebrities and statesmen. He is friendly with both of the former presidents Bush. He golfs with President Obama. But how might the first First Gentleman fare in a Hillary Clinton White House?Conason knows the Clinton world as well as any reporter writing today. He is the co-author ofThe Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, aNew York Times bestseller. Now he tells an irresistible adventure story about a man who is still seeking to do good in the world—starring the one and only Bill Clinton.