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by William Jefferson Clinton

Between Hope and History is the President's articulation of his political philosophy - a philosophy that underpins all his policies and programs as America enters the twenty-first century.The book is also a concise statement of the fundamental principles and values that have guided his administration since its inception in 1993. It continues, as he writes, "the conversation I have had with the American people about our destiny as a nation."In Between Hope and History, President Clinton sees America poised on the edge of "the age of possibility." He declares that "the era of big government is over," and asserts his belief that the global economy will place a premium on education. The President also discusses the roles that individuals, families, businesses, and government must play as America prepares for the twenty-first century.
Download Between Hope and History: Meeting America's Challenges for the 21st Century epub
ISBN: 0812929136
ISBN13: 978-0812929133
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: William Jefferson Clinton
Language: English
Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (September 1, 1996)
Pages: 178 pages
ePUB size: 1686 kb
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Rating: 4.1
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16 years after its publishing, this book is still a relevant look into the issues faced by modern Americans. Bill Clinton brings a pragmatism to the world of politics that Washington needs more of today.
it is very and excellent
On 4/21/15 former President Clinton spoke at Georgetown University where he mentioned that his former classmates included the former head of Saudi Arabia's secret police. In that same event he mentioned Hope, Arkansas and history....and like this book pointed to the challenges of the future, but he also rewrote our memories of the past in such a way that the students at Georgetown and the nation haven't a clue about the difference between history and myth. "A lot of people think that Franklin Pierce was one of the worst Presidents we ever had. If you measure that because he was elected just before the Civil War and he couldn't stop the country's drift toward war and he couldn't figure out how to stop the spread of slavery....that's absolutely true."

Now Clinton is an apologist for the Bush/Pierce legacy? I guess we can't blame him. Walter Lee Brown, Arkansas' premier historian saw Albert Pike as a god-send. Shelby Foote told Bill Moyers "I consulted no original manuscripts. It's all been gone over before." Frank Vandiver sat on the letters of Jefferson Davis to Franklin Pierce for decades and still never admitted the obvious. Ours wasn't a "drift" toward Civil War it was a carefully choreographed drama for profit and abolition of slavery was a ruse when you consider that Davis, Pierce and Cushing....the leading New England Opium trader had their eyes set on bigger those in the Golden Crescent of Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and the Middle East.

Like Frank Vandiver, President Clinton doesn't make the obvious connections for us about our own Civil War when so much was right in front of them for so long. If there is a “smoking gun” on America’s motivation for the Civil War it is the letter from Jefferson Davis to Franklin Pierce dated January 20, 1861 (Jefferson Davis, “The Papers of Jefferson Davis,” The PJD Project of Rice University, retrieved from on 7/5/14). It reads:
"When Lincoln comes in he will have but to continue in the path of his predecessor to inaugurate a civil war and, leave a soi dissant democratic administration responsible for the fact. Genl. Cushing was here last week and when we parted it seemed like taking a last leave of a Brother."

This was no "drift". Unless we understand our own history of war how can we possibly understand the policy coup that General Wesley Clark told us was the Neo-Con's agenda in the Middle East? Bill Clinton's subtle management of the storyline told to these minnows will likely bear more guppies ready to gulp the bamboozle like JIm Jone's Cool Aide, but at least Jones drank his own brew. Meanwhile, our media normalizes a fractured earth policy of fossil fuel extraction which will be repeated in the Middle East when its easy fossil fuel reserves are more difficult to acquire and as Dubai's new model city sinks like the U.S.A. into the oily shale of history. Our scientists are as shackled as Copernicus and Galileo under the house arrest of the Pope whose church still sits atop the very the system and school that educated Bill Clinton before he went to Oxford where he obviously learned like Foote, Brown, Vandiver and a host of other historians.... to spin myth as history.
During his administration of President Bill Clinton, the U.S. enjoyed more peace and economic well being than at any time in its history as unemployment and inflation were at their lowest rates in decades. The book, written with Clinton consultant William E. Nothdurft, is Clinton's second book as he also co-authored the book Putting People First with his running mate Al Gore during his presidential campaign in 1992.

The U.S. was at a pivotal stage during the presidential election of 1996 between incumbent Democrat Bill Clinton and Republican challenger Bob Dole. Clinton had taken office in 1992, inheriting a staggering U.S. economy, a huge national debt, and a country fed up with many of its politicians and demanding change. Third party candidate Ross Perot had received 19% of the vote in 1992, showing how Americans were not satisfied with the two major parties. During Clinton's first term there were successes and failures, but his determination for reform kept his approval ratings high. Through various welfare reforms and economic policies, inflation and the unemployment rate dropped to their lowest numbers in years. Clinton's administration was the first to cut he deficit in all four years since the 1840s, all while strengthening social programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and helping finance higher education for many. He fought hard to finally pass a balanced budget. The Republicans won control of Congress in the mid-term elections and spoiled some of what Clinton wanted to get done, but still much was achieved his first term.
As 1996 arrived Americans were in transition, both at home and abroad. The economy was in transition from the old "trickle down economics" system employed by most Republicans to a more progressive system invoked by Clinton and Democrats that started at the opposite end: helping poor people get off welfare, increasing the minimum wage, and providing tax exemptions for middle class families. Many new jobs were created. Social programs were strengthened, not cut. The Internet had begun to revolutionize the way people interacted and received information.

Thought the Cold War was finally over, the world was now becoming globalized -- with the U.S. leading the way -- as countries constantly interacted with one another and borders were opened like never before. Clinton's "global village" also meant protecting people from tyranny, and the U.S. military was engaged in Serbia and Bosnia, as well as Iraq and Somalia, though never becoming involved in a traditional war. Terrorism was a reality Americans were forced to come to grips with as Muslim radicals bombed the World Trade Center's lower floor in 1993, the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed by a domestic terrorist in April 1995 killing168 and shaking the psyche of the nation, and a bomb went off in July 1996 at the Olympic Village in Atlanta, Georgia during the Olympics killing one and injuring many. Fighting crime was an issue and many were torn on gun control laws such as the Brady Bill. There was a move to get people involved in their communities and a move to solve social problems such as unplanned pregnancies and drug use. American culture was in transition as well as television programs and movies pushed the limits of what was allowed and political correctness became more of an issue than ever before.

The election of 1996 was a decision by Americans to keep up Clinton's trends of economic responsibility, strengthening social programs, and his vision of a "global village" in the world or to go back to the way things were the twelve years before he assumed office. Between Hope and History describes the accomplishments of Clinton's nearly four years in the White House and cites his values and beliefs about governing and leading America for another four years. President Clinton's vision for America has three primary components. Not surprisingly, these three components also are the titles of the book's three chapters: Opportunity, Responsibility, and Community. "It was clear to me that if my vision of 21st Century America was to become reality, we had to break out of yesterday's thinking and embark on a new and bold course for the future, with a strategy rooted in three fundamental American values: ensuring that all citizens have the opportunity to make the most of their lives; expecting every citizen to shoulder the responsibility to seize that opportunity; and working together as a community to live up to all we can be as a nation" (7-8).

As a campaign document in an election year, Between Hope and History sweeps Bill Clinton from Hope, Arkansas, into the ranks of the Democrat Party's greatest leaders during the 20th Century. In the book Clinton compares himself to both President Theodore Roosevelt and President Woodrow Wilson in their need to lead the nation through a time of change in domestic matters and in foreign policy. He uses some of this book to take to task some of those who have disagreed with his policies. The book portrays Clinton as a compassionate centrist and succeeds in its intention to show the President's purposes as a moderate Democrat, blurring the line between him and the liberal wing of his party. It mixes anecdotes about Clinton's life with boasts about his accomplishments and takes shots at the Grand Ole Party throughout.

The book does not offer much as a literary piece, nor does it intend to. It is a work that was created from many of the president's speeches, and basically outlines the Democratic platform for 1996. It does offer a look inside Clinton and shows what motivates his thinking regarding policy, as well as providing a glimpse into his childhood on up through his political career. For someone studying about the Clinton administration, this book is a good starting point. For someone that opposed Clinton's policies, this book will be filled with things that make them want to cringe. Clinton sees evil Republicanism as a cyclical phenomenon as he compares the 1980s Republican-led "decade of neglect" to the period of G.O.P. prominence in the 1920s that led up to the Great Depression. Perhaps some of his claims are farfetched, perhaps they are not, but I am sure some reading this might think the book's acknowledgments should list Oliver Stone as an historical adviser. Clinton calls for responsibility for all Americans, yet, as the world would see in his next term, he was not responsible for himself and he crippled his chance to push his vision for America.

Between Hope and History offers Bill Clinton's vision of America, as is required of all candidates during an election year. The president can be questioned about a number of his assertions by the other side; however, he clearly articulates his agenda in a style that reminds you of some of his best speeches. Clinton's plans for deficit reduction, an improved economy, environmental protection, expanded educational and training opportunities, and peace and security are worthy of bipartisan support. However, presidents are judged on their achievements far more than on their plans and visions.