The Best of Times

The Best of Times

America in the Clinton Years

Book - 2001
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The Best of Times--the '90s were indeed the best of times. Unprecedented wealth and the breathtaking progress of science and technology ushered in the Internet and the deciphering of the genome. Promises abounded, but a deepening sense of unease hovered over America as the worst of times seemed to be upon us as well-gossip, scandal, and a frenzied media like nothing ever seen before.

Based on exclusive interviews with the decade's most influential players, here is a fascinating re-creation of the best and worst episodes of the decade. With sweeping force and cultural acumen, Johnson revives the '90s, the ups and downs, filled with all that we may have forgotten and, most importantly, all that we never knew. In four fascinating parts, Johnson delivers the stories behind the stories-revealing the personalities behind the media party of the '90s, the partisanship that didn't succeed in bringing down the president, the pervasive technology that stretched from Silicon Valley to Monsanto with the corresponding hopes and fears, and the equally extreme reactions on Wall Street to every last bit of it.

A tremendous work from a major authority and writer, The Best of Times covers the entire wonderful yet woeful decade, gavel to gavel.
Includes interviews with:
Book One: Technotimes
Nathan Myhrvold, chief technology guru (former), Microsoft
David Baltimore, president, Cal Tech University and Nobel Prize winner
Bob Shapiro, chief executive officer, Monsanto
Regis McKenna, entrepreneur

Book Two: Teletimes
Ted Harbert, head of TV programming, DreamWorks SKG
Norman Lear, creator of "All in the Family"
David Geffen, partner, DreamWorks SKG
Michael Bloomberg, head of Bloomberg News
Steven Brill, founder of Brill's Content

Book Three: Scandal Times
Sam Dash, law professor, Georgetown
Senator Alan K. Simpson (former)
Senator Dale Bumpers (former)

Book Four: Millennial Times
Senator Bob Kerrey (former)
Senator John McCain
Dr. Ruth Faden, medical ethicist

In addition, Johnson interviewed leaders of Congress, top White House aides, cabinet members, and prominent political operatives of both parties in gathering material for this history.


Baker & Taylor
A sweeping social history of the 1990s by the best-selling author of Sleepwalking Through History draws on interviews with some of the decade's most prominent players to re-create some of the best and worst episodes of the era and explores the stories and personalities behind some of key events of the time. 150,000 first printing. BOMC & History Main.

Book News
The Pulitzer-winning reporter's portrait of a period characterized by the accumulation of wealth and self-indulgence shows a time, not so far away in our memory, that Johnson believes will be seen as one of the most consequential eras for America and the world, "with ultimate costs yet to be reckoned." The work is the product of four years' worth of interviews with leaders in politics, business, and science, and what it necessarily lacks in historical perspective it makes up for in the sheer pull of Johnson's storytelling. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A social history of the 1990s draws on interviews with some of the decade's most prominent players to re-create some of the best and worst episodes of the era and explores the stories and personalities behind key events of the time.

Publisher: New York : Harcourt, [2001]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2001
ISBN: 9780151004454
Branch Call Number: 973.929 J67
Characteristics: x, 610 pages ; 24 cm


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