William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States is undoubtedly the greatest American enigma of our age -- a dark horse that captured the White House, fell from grace and was resurrected as an elder statesman whose popularity rises and falls based on the day’s sound bytes. John Gartner's In Search of Bill Clinton unravels the mystery at the heart of Clinton’s complex nature and tells the story we all thought we knew, from the fresh viewpoint of a psychologist, as he questions the well-crafted Clinton life story. Travelling to Arkansas and around the world, Gartner uncovers long-held secrets about Clinton's wild and seductive mother, Virginia Kelley, the truth surrounding Clinton’s birth, and how Kelley's character set the tone for Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky. He considers Clinton's two fathers as the root of his self-destructive nature and looks afresh at Sec. of State Hillary Clinton to see in her the figure of Edith Cassidy, Clinton's stern grandmother. Gartner then shows a Clinton reborn from diplomatic triumphs and humanitarianism across the globe. John Gartner’s exhaustive journey provides the richest portrait of Clinton yet, a man who is one of our national obsessions. In Search of Bill Clinton is a surprising and compelling book about a man we all thought we knew.
Booklist Editor’s Choice for Biography, 2008
"John Gartner's new book In Search of Bill Clinton will, I think, help solve the riddle of the forty-second President. Written with lucidity, humor, compassion and amazing insight, it is a tour de force that not only helps explain one of the smartest yet complex men of our time, but shines a fascinating spotlight onto the problem of the super-gifted individual in our society. Compulsively readable.”-- Nigel Hamilton author of Bill Clinton: An American Journey and Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency
"Gartner reminds us why this complex figure still fascinates."--Publishers Weekly
“Gartner combines psychological biography and journalism in this probing look at one of our most fascinating presidents.”-- Booklist
“John D. Gartner chose wisely. It's hard to think of someone whose life has provided more fodder for a psychological biography than former President Bill Clinton.”-- Time
“Captivating…brings real insight - and an investigative journalist's doggedness - to the subject…Gartner exhaustively and engagingly catalogues the psychic twists and turns of Clinton's childhood”-- NY Post