The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President

THU, OCT 8, 2009 (1:01:22)

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch takes us inside the Clinton White House with a discussion of The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President. During President Clinton’s two terms in the White House, Taylor Branch spent many hours interviewing him about recent events, his private torments, life in the White House, and his political challenges. The Clinton Tapes depicts the unique content of those interviews, interspersed with some of Branch’s own experience in collecting an oral history that amounts to Clinton’s secret diary of his presidential years. The Bill Clinton diaries are a unique historical treasure, holding stories of revelation and impact. There has never been a book quite like this–as a president, in office, tries to remember, explain, contemplate, and manage his actions and their legacy.

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Taylor Branch is best known for his prizewinning trilogy chronicling the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The first volume, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-Fiction in 1988. The subesquent two volumes, and Pillar of Fire and At Canaan’s Edge also went on to win numerous awards. The author of two other nonfiction books and a novel, Branch is a former staff member of The Washington Monthly, Harper’s, and Esquire. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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