Astute, even-handed and keenly intelligent, THE NATURAL is the only book to read if you want to understand exactly what happened during Bill Clinton's presidency, and how the decisions made during his tenure affect all of us today.
We see how The White House functioned on the inside, how it dealt with the manoeuvres of Congress and the Gingrich revolution, and who held power and made the decisions during the endless crises that beset the administration. Klein's access to the White House over the years as a journalist gave him a prime spot from which to view every crucial event, both political and personal, and in the case of Monica Lewinsky both, and he sets then forth in an insightful, readable and completely engrossing manner.
THE NATURAL is stern in its criticism and convincing with its praise, and will cause endless debate. It is a book that anyone interested in contemporary politics, in the functioning of the largest democracy in the world, whose decisions affect us all, should read.
Joe Klein is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of the novels Primary Colors and The Running Mate and two non-fiction books - Woody Guthrie: A Life and Payback: Favie Marines After Vietnam.
''This book is more readable than the others, dense but tight, funny, adroitly written and, in sum, the first savvy synthesis of the Clinton Age.'
New York Times Book Review
'A supremely fascinating look at a "serious, substantive presidency". No journalist is better matched to this subject than Klein, and his analysis deserves the wide attention it's bound to get.'
'No other book published on the subject thus far offers such smart analysis, judicious reporting or accomplished prose. Klein's account of the presidency is remarkably balanced and intelligent.'
Los Angeles Times
'Astute, brisk and brief ... appropriately ambivalent'