All too human: a political education by George Stephanopoulos

By George Stephanopoulos

All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the clean viewpoint of 1 who acquired his fingers at the levers of striking strength at an early age. At thirty, the writer used to be at invoice Clinton's aspect in the course of the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the following 5 years he was once hardly greater than a step clear of the president & his different advisers at each very important second of the 1st time period. What Liar's Poker did to Wall road, this booklet will do to politics. it's an irreverent & intimate portrait of the way the nation's weighty enterprise is carried out by means of humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies are not any sturdier than somebody else's. together with sharp pictures of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & ratings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory bills of the recognized debacles & triumphs of an management that continuously went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, an excellent mix of pragmatic perception & idealism. it's destined to be crucial & enduring e-book to return out of the Clinton management.

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Unburdened for a time by the need to prove myself by getting good grades or impressing the boss, I had the chance at Oxford to learn and explore on my own. That fall a famine broke out in the Sudan. I went to volunteer in the camps and see the famine for myself — to understand why it happens, what it does to people, and write about it if I could. Helping feed a few kids or keep the camps clean was worthwhile work, and the articles I intended to write might heighten awareness. But the return ticket zipped in my knapsack reminded me that I was no Albert Schweitzer.

After racking my brain looking for trouble, I even told Webb about the night before I left for college, when I went out egging cars with my high school buddies one last time. Not much to report or worry about. Nothing in my background would keep me out of the White House. I was born the second child of a solid Greek family in Fall River, Massachusetts, and baptized George after my grandfather, a missionary priest who left the Peloponnesian village of Neohorio in 1938 for Montana to minister to Greek immigrants scattered across America's west.

Webb and Vince. Hubbell and Foster. Vince Foster was Hillary's other close partner, and closer friend. Upright, quiet, and rail thin, Vince reminded me of Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Webb looked more like the linebacker he once was. A massive man with a beefy grip and thick lips that made you forget there was a brain behind all that brawn. I had often heard their names invoked by the Clintons, as in, “I spoke to Webb, and he thinks … ” Or “Vince isn't sure about that.

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