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The Age of Clinton

America in the 1990s

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The 1990s was a decade of extreme change. Seismic shifts in culture, politics, and technology radically altered the way Americans did business, expressed themselves, and thought about their role in the world. At the center of it all was Bill Clinton, the talented, charismatic, and flawed Baby Boomer president and his controversial, polarizing, but increasingly popular wife Hillary.

Although it was in many ways a Democratic Gilded Age, the final decade of the twentieth century was also a time of great anxiety. The Cold War was over, America was safe, stable, free, and prosperous, and yet Americans felt more unmoored, anxious, and isolated than ever. Having lost the script telling us our place in the world, we were forced to seek new anchors. This was the era of glitz and grunge, when we simultaneously relished living in the Republic of Everything even as we feared it might degenerate into the Republic of Nothing. Bill Clinton dominated this era, a man of passion and of contradictions both revered and reviled, whose complex legacy has yet to be clearly defined.

In this unique analysis, historian Gil Troy examines Clinton's presidency alongside the cultural changes that dominated the decade. By taking the '90s year-by-year, Troy shows how the culture of the day shaped the Clintons even as the Clintons shaped it. In so doing, he offers answers to two of the enduring questions about Clinton's legacy: how did such a talented politician leave Americans thinking he accomplished so little when he actually accomplished so much? And, to what extent was Clinton responsible for the catastrophes of the decade that followed his departure from office, specifically 9/11 and the collapse of the housing market?

Even more relevant as we head toward the 2016 election, The Age of Clinton will appeal to readers on both sides of the aisle.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 24, 2015 – In the run-up to the 2016 election, Troy (Moynihan's Moment), a history professor at McGill University, delivers a detailed report on the turbulent Clinton White House years, complete with an account of the Clintons' personal and political triumphs and tragedies. Troy notes that to many, Bill and Hillary Clinton represented the baby boomer generation, having come of age during J.F.K.'s Camelot era, as well as the blended values of "Reaganite conservatism and Great Society liberalism." Against the backdrop of the progressive 1990s, Troy describes the Clintons' efforts to navigate celebrity, scandal, GOP attacks, and impeachment threats while railing against "a right-wing conspiracy." Though the Clintons failed to meet some of their domestic goals, the redeemed "son of the New South" accomplished much in international politics, created a budget surplus, and survived a charge of "impeachable offenses" in Congress. This meticulous, year-by-year account spans the silver-tongued Arkansas politician's Washington reign, but Troy also provides a series of flashbacks to George H.W. Bush's administration, touching upon the first Gulf War, the beating of Rodney King, and Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court nomination. As '90s nostalgia grows, Troy's work reminds readers of the best and worst of the decade's political culture.
The Age of Clinton
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  • Category: Politics & Current Events
  • Published: Oct 06, 2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
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