Books by Bill Clinton
NPR stories about Bill Clinton
Four novels for the year's end: a new Raylan Givens adventure from Elmore Leonard, a story of psychology and obsession from Ellen Ullman, Thomas Caplan's latest spy thriller and Alex Gilvarry's debut set in the fashion world and Guantanamo Bay.
In Thomas Caplan's latest novel, The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen, Ty Hunter, a spy-turned-movie star, is called back to service at the U.S. president's behest. The book is Caplan's third work of fiction, and an early draft got a little editing help from the real-life ex-president.
The debate in Washington, says the former president, is "all about 'is the government good or bad or taxes always good or bad?' "
While there has been some U.S. military success in Iraq, a "substantial drawdown" of American forces is needed this year, Bill Clinton says. U.S. troops are so stretched that it would be difficult for them to respond to a national security emergency, the former president says.
The former president appears on Talk of the Nation to discuss his presidency, the state of modern politics, and his views on the future. He also takes questions and e-mails from listeners.