All Too Human by George Stephanopoulos

By George Stephanopoulos

All Too Human is a new-generation political memoir, written from the clean viewpoint of 1 who acquired his fingers at the levers of notable energy at an early age. At thirty, the writer used to be at invoice Clinton's part through the presidential crusade of 1992, & for the subsequent 5 years he was once not often greater than a step clear of the president & his different advisers at each vital second of the 1st time period. What Liar's Poker did to Wall road, this ebook will do to politics. it's an irreverent & intimate portrait of the way the nation's weighty company is carried out by way of humans whose egos & idiosyncrasies aren't any sturdier than somebody else's. together with sharp pictures of the Clintons, Al Gore, Dick Morris, Colin Powell, & rankings of others, in addition to candid & revelatory debts of the recognized debacles & triumphs of an management that regularly went excessive, All Too Human is, like its writer, an excellent mixture of pragmatic perception & idealism. it truly is destined to be crucial & enduring ebook to come back out of the Clinton management.

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After about an hour, Bernie said, ‘Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to take a break now. ’ What? It turned out that the regulars were in the habit of buying drinks for the band and leaving them on the piano top – so within sixty minutes I had four pints to get through. By the time I drank them, they’d been replaced by three more and a couple of Scotches. I started drinking the spirits after that, because the sheer volume of the beer was killing me. At the end of the night I got on my bicycle to ride home.

It was proper money, £3 a night – bear in mind that when you are at school and the average pocket money is half a crown, £3 is serious dosh. And this outfit worked three nights a week, mainly over the weekend. It was an unusual line-up – guitar, drums, piano and clarinet – but people didn’t mind in those days. This latest band was called the Concorde Quartet and the first problem was that, until I joined, it was a trio. It was run by a guy called Bernie Vick, a drummer in his early twenties who lived with his mum and dad in South Harrow.

Mervyn Conn. I never got paid. I took a view on it: I was young, inexperienced and here was a chance to play sessions for the BBC with some of the world’s top players. The £12 would have been wonderful but I still thought I was doing well. Years later, I bumped into James and we were laughing about Mervyn and the non-needle-time days. These revered veterans had a genuine affection for those days and felt privileged to have learned so much from them. ’ ‘You know what, Rick? ’ How did a sixteen-year-old come to be playing in a pub with some of the country’s best musicians, you ask?

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