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By George Stephanopoulos

ISBN-10: 0316929190

ISBN-13: 9780316929196

All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the fresh standpoint of 1 who received his arms at the levers of notable energy at an early age. At thirty, the writer used to be at invoice Clinton's aspect throughout the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the subsequent 5 years he used to be infrequently greater than a step clear of the president & his different advisers at each vital second of the 1st time period. What Liar's Poker did to Wall highway, this booklet will do to politics. it truly is an irreverent & intimate portrait of the way the nation's weighty enterprise is carried out by way of humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies aren't any sturdier than an individual else's. together with sharp pictures of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & ratings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory debts of the recognized debacles & triumphs of an management that continuously went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, an excellent mixture of pragmatic perception & idealism. it really is destined to be crucial & enduring booklet to come back out of the Clinton management.

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There was also something vaguely unsettling about the atmosphere in Kerrey's office. Staffers always defer to senators, but as Kerrey spoke to us from behind his enormous desk, I noticed a slow nodding of heads that suggested that the words Kerrey spoke were deeper than your average political talk — that the senator's terse replies were political koans. A cool but unmistakably messianic zeal hummed just below the surface of the Kerrey campaign. I wasn't immune to it, and had I joined his team, I probably would have succumbed to it.

Impossible, I thought. After Gary Hart's 1988 meltdown on the Monkey Business, everyone knew that was against the rules. Getting caught in the act could end a campaign in a heartbeat. I was certain that Clinton was too smart and too ambitious to be so self-destructive. I was also reassured by what Clinton had already said publicly. Shortly before he announced, Clinton had attended a Washington ritual known as the Sperling breakfast. About twenty reporters invited by Godfrey Sperling, the longtime Christian Science Monitor columnist, gathered a couple of times a month over eggs and coffee to give a politician or policy maker the chance to talk about an issue at length without the confrontational tone or live cameras of a press conference.

Mobs were milling about, but the only sound you heard was the squeak of sneakers on pavement. Then the radio announced that the general was gone, and the crowds started to race through the streets with joyful screams. The rest of the day I wandered through Khartoum wondering if this was what a real revolution was like. The air was charged with happiness and hope, energized by the belief that everything would be better now that the bad guy was out and the new guys could govern. But I was struck by the sight of a dazed old woman who was observing the celebration from her cardboard home by the side of the road.

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