Bill Clinton reflects on his post-White House years in memoir

Former US President Bill Clinton sold a million copies of his book <i>My Life</i> in 2004.

Former US President Bill Clinton sold a million copies of his book My Life in 2004. Photo: Getty

Former US president Bill Clinton has a memoir coming out about his years since leaving public office in 2001.

Citizen: My Life After The White House will cover everything from the presidential campaigns of his wife Hillary Clinton to his views on events ranging from the January 6, 2021, insurrection to the Iraq War.

Alfred A Knopf, which published  Clinton’s million-selling presidential memoir My Life, will release the book on November 19.

“I knew as I entered this new chapter of my life that I’d keep score the way I always have: are people better off when you quit than when you started? Do our children have a brighter future? Are we coming together instead of falling apart?” Clinton said in a statement.

The cover image of Citizen: My Life After the White House by Bill Clinton. Photo: Alfred A. Knopf via AP

Citizen is the story of my 23-plus years since leaving the White House, told largely through the stories of other people who changed my life as I tried to help change theirs, of those who supported me, including those I loved and lost, and of the mistakes I made along the way.”

Knopf called the book “remarkably candid, and richly detailed”, offering “fascinating insight into Clinton’s life – both personal and political”.

In the past two decades, Clinton has worked on numerous charitable causes, including AIDS treatment and relief for Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Besides My Life, his books have included the policy tract Working and two bestselling thrillers co-authored by James Patterson: The President Is Missing and The President’s Daughter.

He has also been involved in various controversies, among them questions over the funding for Haiti’s rebuilding efforts and his association with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Clinton, who flew several times on Epstein’s private jet, has denied any awareness that Epstein was involved in sex trafficking.

In 2018, the #MeToo movement revived talk of Clinton’s affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

A Knopf spokesperson declined to comment on whether Clinton would write about Epstein or other controversies.

Financial terms for Citizen were not disclosed.


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