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The Resource The best of times : America in the Clinton years, Haynes Johnson

The best of times : America in the Clinton years, Haynes Johnson

Label
The best of times : America in the Clinton years
Title
The best of times
Title remainder
America in the Clinton years
Statement of responsibility
Haynes Johnson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The Clinton years, they were the best of times -- and the worst. A time of unprecedented wealth, of breathtaking progress in technology, the world-changing Internet, and the genome with the medical miracles it promised. And yet, a deepening sense of unease hovered over America, and a deepening concern about how these developments would alter our lives. Set against these triumphs was another America dominated by all-news TV and the gossip journalism of the Internet, driven by a celebrity culture, lacking civility, racially divided, and presided over by our first Boomer leader, William Jefferson Clinton. From that first moment, when the white Bronco popped up on the nation's screens, O.J. was the ultimate TV story played out in excruciating detail -- all O.J., all the time. In this remarkable book, Haynes Johnson re-creates it all -- the chase, the cops and lawyers, the trial, all come to life in a superbly paced narrative. In the telling of the story, he has much to say about violence, sex, race, and gossip in the media. Enter Monica, along with the two witches of the tale, Linda Tripp and Lucy Goldberg, plotting to bring down the president while his pal, Vernon Jordan, the ultimate insider, works to save him. In Haynes Johnson's hands both Bill and Monica become sympathetic characters, caught in a trap largely of their own making. It is almost a tragic story, or at least a semi-tragic one. Besides these two great dramas, Johnson also writes of the Wall Street boom and the culture of instant (if temporary) dot-com wealth, of Hollywood and the rise of the mogul David Geffen, and of the lives and deeds of dozens of other characters. He concludes with an account of the election of 2000, how the '90s made it inevitable. The Best of Times, the product of four years of interviews with America's leaders in politics, business, and science, is in the best tradition of timeless social history -- a memorable portrait of the nation at a turning point. - Jacket flap
  • Best of Times-the '90s were indeed the best of times. Unprecedented wealth and the breathtaking progress of science and technology ushered in the Internet and the deciphering of the genome. Promises abounded, but a deepening sense of unease hovered over America as the worst of times seemed to be upon us as well-gossip, scandal, and a frenzied media like nothing ever seen before. Based on exclusive interviews with the decade's most influential players, here is a fascinating re-creation of the best and worst episodes of the decade. With sweeping force and cultural acumen, Johnson revives the '90s, the ups and downs, filled with all that we may have forgotten and, most importantly, all that we never knew. In four fascinating parts, Johnson delivers the stories behind the stories-revealing the personalities behind the media party of the '90s, the partisanship that didn't succeed in bringing down the president, the pervasive technology that stretched from Silicon Valley to Monsanto with the corresponding hopes and fears, and the equally extreme reactions on Wall Street to every last bit of it
  • "The Clinton Years, they were the best of times - and the worst. A time of unprecedented wealth, of breathtaking progress in technology, the world-changing Internet, and the genome with the medical miracles it promised. And yet, a deepening sense of unease hovered over America, and a deepening concern about how these developments would alter our lives." "Set against these triumphs was another America dominated by all-news TV and the gossip journalism of the Internet, driven by a celebrity culture, lacking civility, racially divided, and presided over by our first Boomer leader, William Jefferson Clinton." "From that first moment, when the white Bronco popped up on the nation's screens, O.J. was the ultimate TV story played out in excruciating detail - all O.J., all the time. In this book, Haynes Johnson recreates it all - the chase, the cops and lawyers, the trial, all come to life in a superbly paced narrative. In the telling of the story, he has much to say about violence, sex, race, and gossip in the media." "Enter Monica, along with the two witches of the tale, Linda Tripp and Lucy Goldberg, plotting to bring down the president while his pal, Vernon Jordan, the ultimate insider, works to save him. In Haynes Johnson's hands both Bill and Monica become sympathetic characters, caught in a trap largely of their own making. It is almost a tragic story, or at least a semi-tragic one." "Besides these two great dramas, Johnson also writes of the Wall Street boom and the culture of instant (if temporary) dot-com wealth, of Hollywood and the rise of the mogul David Geffen, and of the lives and deeds of dozens of other characters. He concludes with an account of the Election of 2000, how the '90s made it inevitable."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1931-2013
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnson, Haynes
Dewey number
973.929
Index
index present
LC call number
E885
LC item number
.J63 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Clinton, Bill
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The best of times : America in the Clinton years, Haynes Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A James H. Silberman book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 581-586) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
To the reader -- Prelude : Fragments from a golden age -- Book one : Technotimes. Deep (RS/6000 SP) Blue -- Culture of success -- Nerd nirvana -- Seeding the future -- Book two : Teletimes. Trial of the century : part one -- Cult of celebrity -- Dream factories -- Book three : Scandal times. Bill's story -- Trial of the century : part two -- Book four : Millennial times. The people -- The markets -- The millennials -- The fiasco -- Epilogue -- About the author -- Notes and sources
Control code
46828828
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 610 pages
Isbn
9780151004454
Lccn
2001024753
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The best of times : America in the Clinton years, Haynes Johnson
Publication
Note
"A James H. Silberman book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 581-586) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
To the reader -- Prelude : Fragments from a golden age -- Book one : Technotimes. Deep (RS/6000 SP) Blue -- Culture of success -- Nerd nirvana -- Seeding the future -- Book two : Teletimes. Trial of the century : part one -- Cult of celebrity -- Dream factories -- Book three : Scandal times. Bill's story -- Trial of the century : part two -- Book four : Millennial times. The people -- The markets -- The millennials -- The fiasco -- Epilogue -- About the author -- Notes and sources
Control code
46828828
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 610 pages
Isbn
9780151004454
Lccn
2001024753
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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