Bill Clinton was frequently in the public eye during the 2016 election, sometimes as a proxy for his wife, the Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton. Because of his continued role as a prominent Democrat, it might feel at times as though the Clinton era is just behind us. It is important to remind ourselves that Clinton’s first win in 1992 was nearly 30 years ago—an eternity in the rapidly changing climate of American politics. Fortunately, that length of time between the present and the Clinton administration means positive things for scholars of American politics, because the important sources and documents from that era are starting to be declassified. We are beginning to see the emergence of new scholarship on Clinton’s administration and the lasting impact of his terms. Michael Nelson’s important new work, Clinton’s Elections, serves as an example of how much more there is for scholars, students, and the general public to learn about this pivotal time in American political history.
Perhaps one of the biggest issues with this work—and it is a very minor issue, at that—is that the title does not convey the impressive scope and breadth of this work. Someone perusing new titles might wrongly assume
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