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Comeback Kid: The Life and Career of Bill Clinton: Allen, Charles F.; Portis, Jonathan Comeback Kid: The Life and Career of Bill Clinton: Allen, Charles F.; Portis, Jonathan Comeback Kid: The Life and Career of Bill Clinton: Allen, Charles F.; Portis, Jonathan

Comeback Kid: The Life and Career of Bill Clinton

Allen, Charles F.; Portis, Jonathan

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ISBN 10: 1559721545 / ISBN 13: 9781559721547
Published by Birch Lane Press, 1992
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Fine condition 1st Edition/1st Printing hardcover in Fine condition dust jacket inscribed (and signed) to film actor, screenwriter, director and producer James Bridges by Charles F. Allen on the first free endpage. The book was acquired from the estate of actor Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen on the Adventures of Superman), life partner of James Bridges. Book and dust jacket are both just like new. Will be bubble-wrapped and shipped in a sturdy box to make sure it arrives in pristine, collectible condition. Bookseller Inventory # ABH1022

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Title: Comeback Kid: The Life and Career of Bill ...

Publisher: Birch Lane Press

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A biography of the presidential candidate discusses his childhood, his early political ambitions, his rise in politics, and controversies surrounding his past, and includes extensive interviews with Clinton and his wife. 30,000 first printing.

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If Clinton wins the White House, he should consider choosing as his press secretary either author of this subtle panegyric. ``This biography,'' write Allen and Portis, ``is a thorough examination of a man who dreamed of being president...from his earliest days.'' Thorough, perhaps, but also delicately biased. Portis (a former editor of the Arkansas Gazette--``whose editorial page,'' the authors note, ``had been a constant Clinton supporter through the years'') and Allen (who began the book as a graduate project at the Univ. of Mississippi) give the lion's share of quotations to Clinton-admirers: ``Bill Clinton was very enthusiastic and a very dedicated professor,'' says a former student of the governor in a typical statement. And, at times, the authors gloss over damning facts (e.g., a clear Clinton lie regarding a question about his college-drug use becomes a statement that's ``not entirely true''). But Allen and Portis are frank about their subject's titanic ambition and do an adequate job of tracing the candidate's earlier years (scarred by tragedy: his father died before Clinton was born; his stepfather died when Clinton was 21; and, in 1984, Clinton's younger brother went to prison for cocaine distribution). Of most interest are the in-depth coverage of Clinton's years as governor, which convincingly portrays Clinton as a man passionate about reform, particularly in education; and the concluding chapter, which--while swiping at Ross Perot (``wild promises'') and proclaiming that Clinton will defeat Bush ``if the campaign becomes one of ideas and issues'' instead of ``personal attacks''--urges Clinton to give up his overriding fear of losing and to take the risk of stating ``hard truths'' in the upcoming campaign. By no means a definitive biography, but not flack-fluff either; and, for all its slant, the most informative text available on the man who would be President. (Sixteen pages of photographs- -not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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