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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,306 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Clinton Narrator: Bill Clinto Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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President Bill Clinton’s My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. 

It shows us the progress of a remarkable American, who, through his own enormous energies and efforts, made the unlikely journey from Hope, Arkansas, to the White House—a journey fueled by an impassioned interest in the political process which manifested itself at every stage of his life: in college, working as an intern for Senator William Fulbright; at Oxford, becoming part of the Vietnam War protest movement; at Yale Law School, campaigning on the grassroots level for Democratic candidates; back in Arkansas, running for Congress, attorney general, and governor.

We see his career shaped by his resolute determination to improve the life of his fellow citizens, an unfaltering commitment to civil rights, and an exceptional understanding of the practicalities of political life.

We come to understand the emotional pressures of his youth—born after his father’s death; caught in the dysfunctional relationship between his feisty, nurturing mother and his abusive stepfather, whom he never ceased to love and whose name he took; drawn to the brilliant, compelling Hillary Rodham, whom he was determined to marry; passionately devoted, from her infancy, to their daughter, Chelsea, and to the entire experience of fatherhood; slowly and painfully beginning to comprehend how his early denial of pain led him at times into damaging patterns of behavior.

President Clinton’s book is also the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written—encompassing not only the high points and crises but the way the presidency actually works: the day-to-day bombardment of problems, personalities, conflicts, setbacks, achievements.

It is a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

It is the gripping account of a president under concerted and unrelenting assault orchestrated by his enemies on the Far Right, and how he survived and prevailed. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • My Life is, by a generous measure, the richest American presidential autobiography—no other book tells us as vividly or fully what it is like to be president of the United States for eight years. Clinton had the good sense to couple great smarts with a solid education; he arrived in Washington in 1964 and has been the nation’s—or perhaps the world’s—No. 1 politics junkie ever since. And he can write—as Reagan, Ford, Nixon, and Lyndon B. Johnson, to go no farther back, could not.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Clinton’s] life is too fascinating, his mind too brilliant, his desire to charm too strong to permit him to produce a boring book. The combination of analytic and emotional intelligence that made him a great politician now makes him a compelling raconteur.”

    Washington Post

  • “Might just be the perfect representation of the man himself.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Clinton talks with disarming frankness [and] writes with grace and fluidity…He is also a born storyteller.”

    New Republic

  • “Consistently fascinating.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A hell of a good story.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • My Life is, without question, the best written U.S. presidential tome of all time.”

    Financial Tiems

  • “Clinton has many tales to tell, particularly a rich, sometimes moving account of his years before the public life, fit for future analytical historians and biographers…The personal and the political are intertwined…Clinton’s story very much reflects the man we know.”


  • “He manages to create the distinct impression that he is sitting in the living room talking to the reader…Anyone who is genuinely interested in American politics will find his insights and anecdotes fascinating…The book helps to elucidate the question of ‘how he did it.’”

    Deseret Morning News

  • “Tremendously interesting and entertaining…Clinton’s is a truly American story to which the average person can relate…Future politicians will find it a must-read, and average Americans will identify with the highs and lows we all experience as we make our way through life.”

    Chattanooga Times Free Press

  • “It’s a saga worthy of Cecil B. DeMille, a rags-to-riches tale full of the stuff of human frailty, with a cast of hundreds, complete with low-life villains and high-minded heroes and, as such stories require, an upbeat ending…The 1990s come to life once again as a time of uncommon tumult and riveting personalities…The personalities on parade are as vivid as the events.”

    Newark Star-Ledger

  • “Takes readers through a strong account of the achievements and failures of his administration…No other presidential memoir is likely to be so lively…Bill Clinton is hard to dismiss, and so is an account of his extraordinary life.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2005 British Book Award for Biography of the Year
  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 2005 Grammy Award for Spoken Word
  • Winner of the 2005 Audie Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hank | 2/17/2014

    " Josh, your guess about "reading" it on tape is accurate. I listened to this book, vice reading it, and it kept my interest. I wasn't into politics when Clinton was President, so I found this book really interesting because it was a sort of History lesson about times that I had lived through. Current events that were referenced in the book were ones that I remembered, so it made it kind of real for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Walter Keathley | 2/5/2014

    " Amazingly he mananages to avoid all the sex scandals, even though that consisted of about 1/3 of his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by James | 2/4/2014

    " Led an improbable life, where father drowned before he was born and saw step-father/mother in domestic violence consistently. To rise from that plight, go on to become Rhodes scholar, and ultimately President, is truly "Only in America". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sue Maciak | 2/4/2014

    " I've been up and down about Bill Clinton. It was up after reading this book a few years ago. His recent rantings about Barrack Obama, however, made me wonder if the book is just "Slick Willy" stuff. "

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