The Truth of Power

Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House

Benjamin R. Barber

Columbia University Press

The Truth of Power

Pub Date: June 2008

ISBN: 9780231144391

336 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $35.00£30.00

Pub Date: June 2008

ISBN: 9780231534864

336 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $34.99£30.00

The Truth of Power

Intellectual Affairs in the Clinton White House

Benjamin R. Barber

Columbia University Press

In 1994 Benjamin R. Barber was invited by President Clinton to participate in a seminar on the future of democratic ideas and ideals. Following their meeting, Barber became an informal consultant to the Clinton White House, working with a president who proved to be an astonishing listener open to a variety of ideas. Barber's experiences were unexpected and enlightening-the most unpredictable being his interactions with the president himself.

Barber's meditation on Bill Clinton's tenure in office offers a balanced and complex portrait of the Clinton administration, especially in its relationship to America's intellectual and scholarly community. Barber also identifies the true faultlines of power that future candidates must negotiate if they are to win an election. For this edition, Barber has written a new afterword reflecting on Clinton's "vision" problem, his controversial role in shaping today's Democratic Party, and his efforts to confront the challenges of interdependence and terrorism. He concludes with a provocative assessment of Hillary Clinton as a Democratic primary candidate in the battle for the presidency.
Benjamin R. Barber writes persuasively about how Bill Clinton's mind works, not as an intellectual in the learned sense of the term, but as a brilliant synthesizer who can express the essential points of any argument that engages his attention. Barber believes, against the grain of conventional wisdom, that Clinton 'is a man whose democratic career is long from over.' Alan Wolfe, Boston College
Acknowledgments
Preface: My Affair with Clinton
1. The Road to Camp David
2. Don't Stop Thinking about Tomorrow
3. Arguments at Laurel Lodge
4. The Art of Speechwriting
5. A Blizzard in D.C.
6. The Community Service President
7. Chairman of the NEH (Not!)
8. Hollywood East—A Dinner at the White House
9. A Guest from the Harding Era
10. Clinton vs. Jihad vs. McWorld
11. Hillary Takes Over
12. The End of the Affair and the Legacy Question
Afterword: Clinton Recidivus
Index

About the Author

Benjamin R. Barber is distinguished senior fellow at Demos and the author of the international bestseller Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism are Reshaping the World.