Little Brown, 1999.

Review published Mar 2007.

Stephanopoulos signed on with the Clinton campaign early, and was for a while one of the President's most trusted political advisors, until a combination of his inexperience and the intense competition among White House staffers resulted in his being blamed for leaking information which led to bad publicity for Clinton. To hear him tell it, he was the conscience of the President and loyal to liberal Democratic principles, yet at the same time he is honest enough with the reader so you can see that he was blinded by the dazzling power of the Presidency, and used expediency to gain passage of key bills by negotiating compromises to other principles. The hidden lesson of the book is that the means are even more important than the ends, and that Presidential politics have become so dirty that they are shame to all who are involved, but Stephanopolous does not draw that lesson.