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High Hopes
The Clinton Presidency and the Politics of Ambition

ISBN 9780415921473
Published August 4, 1998 by Routledge
428 Pages

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Now in paperback, this perceptive psychological portrait of Clinton and his presidency investigates whether Clinton has demonstrated the necessary qualities of judgment, vision, character and skill, as well as his ambition and extreme self-confidence. Renshon traces the development of Clinton's character from his early family experiences to his adolescence and long political career, including the controversy surrounding Clinton's draft-dodging and marriage.



Stanley A. Renshon is Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York and developer and coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Program in the Psychology of Political Behavior at the CUNY Graduate School. He is a certified psychoanalyst and author of several volumes, including The Psychological Assessment of Presidential Candidates (Routledge, 1998).


"Mr. Renshoon, a psycholanalysta s well as a political scientist, has written a biography which earnestly and -- intelligently -- seeks to explain why Bill Clinton is the way he is." -- Washington Times
"Renshon presents a picture of the incumbent president that seems to capture the essence of the man... High Hopes has the potential to become one of those rare books that defines an era or a person. With this work, Renshon joins the late Christopher Lasch and Kenneth J. Gergin as a preeminent interpreter of culture and, in regard to Clinton, of a president who future historians may justly conclude exemplifies many of our culture's core values." -- Insight
"This is an excellent book in which politics and psychology are artfully joined. The author's primary purpose is to solve a puzzle about why Bill Clinton's talent has misfired so often... this is a superb example of how psychology may illuminate politics." -- Political Science Quarterly
"Bill Clinton is a man whose inconsistencies have profoundly puzzled reporters, pundits, and this reviewer. The author sets out to make sense of these contradictions. He looks at President Clinton's character from the perspective of ambition, integrity, and his relationship with others. It is in Renshon's examination of these characteristics that make High Hopes so intriguing and educational." -- The American Reporter Book Review
"...libraries serving political junkies will want to add it to their shelves." -- Booklist