By George Stephanopoulos
All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the fresh viewpoint of 1 who received his fingers at the levers of impressive energy at an early age. At thirty, the writer was once at invoice Clinton's part 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 really is an irreverent & intimate portrait of the way the nation's weighty company is performed by means of humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies are not any sturdier than somebody else's. together with sharp photographs of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & ratings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory debts of the well-known debacles & triumphs of an management that continually went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, a super blend of pragmatic perception & idealism. it truly is destined to be crucial & enduring e-book to come back out of the Clinton management.
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The first practice was murder. Afterward, I could barely drag myself to the car out front, where my mom was waiting for me. I got in and announced I was quitting. Then came a surprise. Usually my mom let me do what I wanted so long as I stayed out of trouble. This time she just said, “No. ” I'm still grateful. Not that I became a champion, far from it. I lost my first match 19–2 and never caught up. I guess I never developed the killer instinct. Before a bout I would look up at the clock from the side of the mat and remind myself that win or lose, the ordeal would soon be over.
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