Working behind the scenes for the 18 months following Bill’s election, Bob Woodward has discovered how the Clinton White House really works. In The Agenda, he offers one of the most intimate portraits of a sitting president ever published, taking us not only to the highest level meetings, the hard-fought debates, and most difficult decisions but also to the very heart of this presidency — and of this man.
In a day-by-day, at times minute-by-minute account, President Clinton is shown debating, scolding, pleading, celebrating, and raging in anger and frustration. What emerges also is a group portrait of Clinton’s innermost circle of advisers in action — including his wife Hillary, Vice President Al Gore, Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen and the economic team, the White House staff, and outside political strategists.
“A riveting inside story, based on a remarkable ability to wheedle high officials to tell all.” – Independent
“A blistering book…Books and various publications… routinely purport to take readers ‘inside’ powerful institutions. Woodward delivers on the promise in a way that other journalists almost never do…The turmoil at the White House, together with Clinton ‘s penchant for brinkmanship, make the tale exciting.” – Newsweek
“The Washington Post ‘s famed sleuth offers a tantalizing voyeuristic glimpse inside the Clinton White House…Delightfully new details, all.” – The Economist
“Written very much from inside sources, the picture [The Agenda] presents of Clinton ‘s first year in office is one of chaos and confusion…vivid detail here.” – Spectator
“An authoritative behind-the-scenes look at how things get done inside the Clinton White House….spellbinding political drama” -Robert A. Rankin, The Philadelphia Inquirer