Michael Tomasky - Bill Clinton: The American Presidents Series: The 42nd President, 1993-2001
Clinton took office soon after the fall of the Soviet bloc and his two terms are often seen as a time of peace and prosperity. Much else was going on, however, and in his succinct analysis of the 42nd president’s tenure, Tomasky, former executive editor of The American Prospect and currently special correspondent for The Daily Beast and editor in chief of Democracy, details the intensifying culture wars of the time, the standoffs at Waco and Ruby Ridge, and the friction between the executive and legislative branches when Republicans gained control of Congress. Meanwhile, on the international front, there were conflicts in Somalia, Bosnia, and Kosovo, and fallout over the U.S. response to each. Always inspiring strong feelings, Clinton was as admired as he was criticized.