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The age of Clinton : America in the 1990s / Gil Troy.

Author/Creator:
Troy, Gil.
Publication:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Format/Description:
Book
viii, 16 pages of colored plates, 368 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Edition:
First edition.
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Subjects:
Clinton, Bill, 1946-.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1993-2001.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-.
Political culture.
Politics and government.
Presidents.
United States.
Form/Genre:
Biography.
History.
Summary:
"The 1990s was a decade of extreme change. Seismic shifts in culture, politics, and technology radically altered the way Americans did business, expressed themselves, and thought about their role in the world. At the center of it all was Bill Clinton, the talented, charismatic, and flawed Baby Boomer president and his controversial, polarizing, but increasingly popular wife Hillary. Although it was in many ways a Democratic Gilded Age, the final decade of the twentieth century was also a time of great anxiety. The Cold War was over, America was safe, stable, free, and prosperous, and yet Americans felt more unmoored, anxious, and isolated than ever. Having lost the script telling us our place in the world, we were forced to seek new anchors. This was the era of glitz and grunge, when we simultaneously relished living in the Republic of Everything even as we feared it might degenerate into the Republic of Nothing. Bill Clinton dominated this era, a man of passion and of contradictions both revered and reviled, whose complex legacy has yet to be clearly defined.In this unique analysis, historian Gil Troy examines Clinton's presidency alongside the cultural changes that dominated the decade. By taking the '90s year-by-year, Troy shows how the culture of the day shaped the Clintons even as the Clintons shaped it. In so doing, he offers answers to two of the enduring questions about Clinton's legacy: how did such a talented politician leave Americans thinking he accomplished so little when he actually accomplished so much? And, to what extent was Clinton responsible for the catastrophes of the decade that followed his departure from office, specifically 9/11 and the collapse of the housing market? Even more relevant as we head toward the 2016 election, The Age of Clinton will appeal to readers on both sides of the aisle"-- Provided by publisher.
"The 1990s was a decade of extreme change. Seismic shifts in culture, politics, and technology radically altered the way Americans did business, expressed themselves, and thought about their role in the world. At the center of it all was Bill Clinton, the talented, charismatic, and flawed Baby Boomer president and his controversial, polarizing, but increasingly popular wife Hillary. Although it was in many ways a Democratic Gilded Age, the final decade of the twentieth century was also a time of great anxiety. The Cold War was over, America was safe, stable, free, and prosperous, and yet Americans felt more unmoored, anxious, and isolated than ever. Having lost the script telling us our place in the world, we were forced to seek new anchors. This was the era of glitz and grunge, when we simultaneously relished living in the Republic of Everything even as we feared it might degenerate into the Republic of Nothing. Bill Clinton dominated this era, a man of passion and of contradictions both revered and reviled, whose complex legacy has yet to be clearly defined. In this unique analysis, historian Gil Troy examines Clinton's presidency alongside the cultural changes that dominated the decade. By taking the '90s year-by-year, Troy shows how the culture of the day shaped the Clintons even as the Clintons shaped it. In so doing, he offers answers to two of the enduring questions about Clinton's legacy: how did such a talented politician leave Americans thinking he accomplished so little when he actually accomplished so much? And, to what extent was Clinton responsible for the catastrophes of the decade that followed his departure from office, specifically 9/11 and the collapse of the housing market?"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Prologue : "Lost in the funhouse" : how Bill Clinton invented the Nineties
1990 : Houston : Cowboy cosmopolitanism and the end of history?
1991 : Philadelphia : "You just don't get it" : from the "new world order" to domestic disorder
1992 : Little Rock : "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow" : Bubba, Billary, and the rise of the adversarials
1993 : Washington, D.C. : "We must care for one another" : Clinton's learning curve
1994 : Seattle : the new nihilism in the Coffee Capital, and renewed Republicanism in the nation's capital
1995 : Oklahoma City : "Their legacy must be our lives" : the Claw-Back Kid finds windows of opportunity
1996 : Alphabet City, New York : "Take me or leave me" : cultural salvoes from Blue America
1997 : Silicon Valley : "Think different" : the everyday wizardry of everything and everywhere machines
1998 : Beverly Hills, 90210 : the Great American Moral Panic
1999 : Chicago : Finding forgiveness in the Church of Oprah
2000 : Miami : "The purpose of prosperity" : dilemmas of multiculturalism and hedonism in America's pleasure capital
2001 : "Let's roll" : America the function under attack.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-348) and index.
ISBN:
9781250063724 (hardback)
1250063728 (hardback)
9781466868731 (e-book)
OCLC:
905520988