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Pact Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the Rivalry That Defined a Generation

ISBN-10: 0195322789
ISBN-13: 9780195322781
Edition: 2008
Authors: Steven M. Gillon
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/3/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Most Americans saw President Bill Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich as staunch foes--"the polar extremes of Pennsylvania Avenue." But as Steven Gillon reveals in The Pact, these powerful adversaries formed a secret alliance in 1997, a pact that would have rocked the political landscape, had it not foundered in the wake of the Lewinsky scandal. A fascinating look at politics American-style, The Pact offers a riveting account of two of America's most charismatic and influential leaders, detailing both their differences and their striking similarities, and highlighting the profound and lasting impact the tumultuous 1960s had on both their personal and political lives. With the cooperation of both President Clinton and Speaker Gingrich, interviews with key players who have never before spoken about their experiences, along with unprecedented access to Gingrich's private papers, Gillon not only offers a behind-the-scenes look at the budget impasse and the government shutdown in 1995--the famous face-off between Clinton and Gingrich--but he also reveals how the two moved closer together after 1996--closer than anyone knew. In particular, the book illuminates their secret efforts to abandon the liberal and conservative wings of their own parties and strike a bi-partisan deal to reform the "third rail of American politics"--Social Security and Medicare. That potentially groundbreaking effort was swept away by the highly charged reaction to the Lewinsky affair, ending an initiative that might have transformed millions of American lives. Packed with compelling new revelations about two of the most powerful and intriguing figures of our time, this book will be must reading for everyone interested in politics or current events.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Growing Up
"It's the '60s, Stupid"
Paths to Power
Newt Gingrich: Weges and Magnets
Bill Clinton: The "New Democrat"
The Critical Year: 1992
First-Term Blues
The Revolution
Fighting Back
Budget Battles
Winning Re-election
"We Can Trust Him"
"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"
"Monica Changed Everything"
"Because We Can"
The End of Reform
'60s Legacies
Sources
Notes
Index

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