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 bought his arms at the levers of remarkable energy at an early age. At thirty, the writer was once 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 highway, 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 someone else's. together with sharp pix of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & ratings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory money owed of the well-known debacles & triumphs of an management that regularly went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, a super blend of pragmatic perception & idealism. it truly is destined to be crucial & enduring e-book to come back out of the Clinton management.

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A democracy needs people like Izzy on the outside to keep it honest, but it also needs people on the inside to make it work — people who will play the game for the sake of getting good things done. But you have to be careful. Your first deal is like your first scotch. It burns, might make you feel nauseous. If you're like Izzy, once is enough. If you're like me, you get to like it. Then to need it. In October 1983, two days after a terrorist attack on American marines in Beirut, President Reagan ordered an invasion of Grenada.

They had upended their lives for two losing campaigns in a row, and they weren't going down that road again for an effort that appeared hopeless. The best jobs were still open. I met Kerrey and Clinton on the same day in September 1991. It was a sunny Friday morning, and I walked to the Senate side of the Hill from my office in the Capitol aware that whatever happened that day could start a chain of events that would change my life. Kerrey was announcing the next Monday. My “interview” was an invitation to join the prep for his post-announcement press conference — a “murder board” in which staffers played reporter and peppered the boss with all the tough questions he could expect to hear.

I was barely five feet tall, so instead of basketball, I tried out for wrestling. The first practice was murder. Afterward, I could barely drag myself to the car out front, where my mom was waiting for me. I got in and announced I was quitting. Then came a surprise. Usually my mom let me do what I wanted so long as I stayed out of trouble. This time she just said, “No. ” I'm still grateful. Not that I became a champion, far from it. I lost my first match 19–2 and never caught up. I guess I never developed the killer instinct.

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