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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (291 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Taylor Branch Narrator: Taylor Branch Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780743576758
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The Clinton Tapes highlights major events of Clinton’s two terms, including war in Bosnia, the anti-deficit crusade, health reform failure, anti-terrorist strikes, peace initiatives, the 1996 re-election campaign, and Whitewater investigations culminating in his 1999 impeachment trial. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A remarkable portrait of White House life...An important work about American political life...Branch is an historian by trade, and an excellent one...To the extent that Branch’s portrait of the president rescues politics from ignominy, he has done a real public service; that he has done this while vividly portraying an exuberant American original is cause for joy...Revealing and often delightful.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “I have seldom read a more compelling account of a leader in power...An unexpected treasure-trove. Here is Clinton out of hours and off his guard...The story behind this book reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie.” 

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Taylor Branch’s latest book has made me whistle more than any comparable piece of work for a very long time, and not just because of its many remarkable disclosures.”

    Newsweek

  • “An absorbing inside account of [Clinton’s] White House years...Browsers and scholars will find perceptive insights on Clinton’s policies and magnetic personality.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The unique format of presidential recollections and the author’s follow-up form a narrative that will fascinate informed readers and American presidency scholars.” 

    Library Journal

  • “A one-of-a-kind...perspective on the Clinton presidency.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron Mwangaguhunga | 2/12/2014

    " I particularly liked Clinton's thoughts on Pope John Paul II in this book. Not particularly ground moving, but interesting analysis of Clinton's thoughts on people like Berlusconi, Yeltsin, Blair. I did come away with a better sense of Bill Clinton's brightness on foreign policy, where he was never given much credit (previously i had given the credit to Albright). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/10/2014

    " Although it is not well written, it is redeemed by giving us a fascinating glimpse into the White House. Great political gossip about important people from Yeltsin to President Carter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew McKee | 1/28/2014

    " Interesting chronology of Clinton years and profile of President Clinton as recorded by his friend, master historian Taylor Branch, in secret conversations from 1993-2001. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 10/31/2013

    " Ok, this is long, boring and not as much about Clinton as it is about the author. I really don't care about Taylor Branch, therefore I am not interested in reading about him or his dealings with Clinton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/13/2013

    " I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed the Clinton Tapes. It was simultaneously substantive and gossipy, and gave me a much clearer picture not only of Clinton himself but also what it's like to be President of the United States. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raimo Wirkkala | 5/14/2013

    " Often interesting oral history of the Clinton presidency. Straight from the horse's mouth, as it were. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 3/26/2013

    " This seems to be a well-written, easy to follow account of Bill Clinton's time in the White House. Taylor Branch is an excellent writer that easily documents events without talking over the heads of some of us political novices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tobi | 11/24/2011

    " I didn't actually finish this whole book yet. It is over 700 pages and while it is very interesting it is not an easy read. I thought it might be exciting and fast moving but it really isn't. It is however worth reading and I will finish it but will have to read it a little at a time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 10/7/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this, though suspect its real value will come if and when Branch and Clinton's oral history tapes are released. Interesting view of Clinton's perceptions of his presidency, filtered through the observations of a historian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 9/19/2011

    " Starts off slow, lets see how it develops "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 7/16/2011

    " I enjoyed the book, but it should be noted that Branch wrote it not with the actual tapes of the Clinton interviews, but with notes he took after the actual sessions and his memory may have a bias as he is a long time Clinton friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashish | 6/5/2011

    " Great book!!! A good way to understand how presidents make decisions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 3/1/2011

    " Fantastic if you love history as much as I do, but it def takes some dedication to get through it, let alone lug it around with you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 11/7/2009

    " Really interesting in-depth look at the Clinton presidency from a guy behind the scenes ... bringing up yet more nostalgia for the '90s and more dumbfoundedness at how awful the 2000s were! "

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About the Author
Author Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch is an acclaimed author and public speaker best known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy’s first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards in 1989. Two successive volumes also gained critical and popular success: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65 and At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968. Decades later, all three books remain in demand. Branch began his career in 1970 as a staff journalist for the Washington MonthlyHarper’s, and, Esquire. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from ten colleges and universities. Other citations include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the National Humanities Medal in 1999.