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The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House

The Truth of Power: Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House
 

Following a visit to Camp David in 1994, Benjamin Barber became an informal consultant to the Clinton White House, working with a President who was an astonishing listener and synthesizer of ideas. This book features an introduction reflecting on Clinton's 'vision' problem and on... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780231144391
Barcode 9780231144391
Published 15 May 2008 by Columbia University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Language English (translated from: English)
Author(s) By Barber, Benjamin
Series Columbia Studies in Political Thought / Political History
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ISBN-13 9780231144391
ISBN-10 0231144393
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Publication Date 15 May 2008
International Publication Date 1 June 2008
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Barber, Benjamin
Series Columbia Studies in Political Thought / Political History
Category World History: Postwar, From C 1945 -
American History
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 16mm
Weight 482g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Presidents - United States, Executive power - United States, United States - Intellectual life - 20th century, Clinton, Bill - Friends and associates, Clinton, Bill - Knowledge and learning
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 973.929092
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In 1994 Benjamin R. Barber was invited by President Clinton to participate in a seminar on the future of democratic ideas and ideals. Following their meeting, Barber became an informal consultant to the Clinton White House, working with a president who proved to be an astonishing listener open to a variety of ideas. Barber's experiences were unexpected and enlightening-the most unpredictable being his interactions with the president himself. Barber's meditation on Bill Clinton's tenure in office offers a balanced and complex portrait of the Clinton administration, especially in its relationship to America's intellectual and scholarly community. Barber also identifies the true faultlines of power that future candidates must negotiate if they are to win an election. For this edition, Barber has written a new afterword reflecting on Clinton's vision problem, his controversial role in shaping today's Democratic Party, and his efforts to confront the challenges of interdependence and terrorism. He concludes with a provocative assessment of Hillary Clinton as a Democratic primary candidate in the battle for the presidency.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Benjamin R. Barber writes persuasively about how Bill Clinton's mind works, not as an intellectual in the learned sense of the term, but as a brilliant synthesizer who can express the essential points of any argument that engages his attention. Barber believes, against the grain of conventional wisdom, that Clinton 'is a man whose democratic career is long from over.' -- Alan Wolfe, Boston College

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Author's Bio

Benjamin R. Barber is distinguished senior fellow at Demos and the author of the international bestseller Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism are Reshaping the World.

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