Apr 4, 2024 - Politics & Policy

New Bill Clinton memoir coming after November election

The book cover of "Citizen," former President Clinton's new book.

Cover: Knopf

Former President Clinton will be out Nov. 19 — two weeks after the election — with a new memoir, "Citizen," about his personal and political life after Jan. 20, 2001.

Why it matters: The book's launch comes right after a major test for the last two Democratic former presidents — whether or not they can help give Biden the second term they each won.

Driving the news: Clinton's rare look into post-presidential life includes his feelings on Vladimir Putin, the pandemic, enduring culture wars and Hillary Clinton's loss to Trump in 2016.

  • "I knew as I entered this new chapter of my life that I'd keep score the way I always have," Clinton says in the announcement.
  • "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 says "Citizen" is "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."

Zoom in: Clinton, 77, is still in high demand 23 years after leaving office.

  • He helped headline President Biden's star-studded NYC fundraiser with former President Obama last week.
  • Last month, Clinton took a victory lap in the Czech Republic to celebrate the 1999 expansion of NATO — a key foreign policy win.

Clinton is represented by Robert Barnett and Michael O'Connor at Williams & Connolly.

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