Presidential biographer Michael Takiff will discuss his latest book, A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton as Told by Those Who Know Him, on Tuesday, January 25, at 7 p.m., in the Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium.
Takiff has developed a reputation as today's preeminent practitioner of oral history. In this, the first complete oral history of Clinton's life, historian Michael Takiff presents the first truly balanced book on one of our nation's most controversial and fascinating presidents. Through more than 150 chronologically arranged interviews with key figures including Bob Dole, James Carville and Tom Brokaw, among many others, A Complicated Man goes far beyond the well-worn party-line territory to capture the larger-than-life essence of Clinton, the man.
"The Clinton that emerges is remarkably rich and three-dimensional: a protean and mercurial figure as likely to dazzle as he is to disappoint; his own worst enemy and his own best resource; a man of extraordinarily intense emotional need and extraordinarily impressive intellect and commitment. A historic contribution to the biographical record which will stand for generations," Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland, said.
As a writer, Takiff's trademark is deft, witty prose that is intelligent, crystal clear and logically tight. His opinion pieces have appeared on the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, as well as in The Nation and on HuffingtonPost. A native of Elizabeth, N.J., Takiff earned his B.A. from Yale in 1976, cum laude with distinction in history. He came to New York to work in the entertainment business, first as an actor and classical singer then as a stand-up comic. For 10 years he presented his offbeat, cerebral brand of humor to audiences in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Corpus Christi and countless places in between.
Part of the AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary series, the program is free and open to all. Books will be available for sale and signing. For more information, please call Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.