Book Review of My Life by Bill Clinton

Best Indian Short Stories by Khushwant SinghIndeed, President Bill Clinton’s My Life is a strikingly candid portrait of a global leader – a life and career filled with enormous energy. Through My Life, you learn interesting and startling facts about President Clinton’s growing up days, including, when his step father in his drunken state picked up a gun and shot at his mother, who narrowly escaped death. Of course, he also expresses the happy days he would spend with his maternal grand parents. We come to understand how difficult it must have been for Clinton to cope with the dysfunctional relationship between his parents. We also learn how much he loves Elvis!

Rooting out of a humble background, the book describes Clinton’s journey from Hope, Arkansas, to the White House – a journey fuelled with all the ups and downs that go with life. The roller-coaster ride of the 1992 campaign; the scandal of Monica Lewinsky that almost shook the foundations of President Clinton’s job; the pressure of political rivalry; the international scene. All of these factors makeup the bulky book of 943 pages quite wholesome. On another level, My Life is not only the story of Clinton, it is the story of America.

Geeta Chhabra

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