The Clinton Riddle
Perspectives on the Forty-second President
Edited by Todd G. Shields, Jeannie M. Whayne, and Donald R. Kelley
Foreword by David H. Pryor, former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator

The first in-depth critical assessment of the Clinton presidency.

In 2002 a distinguished interdisciplinary group of scholars gathered at the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas to provide a critical evaluation of the Clinton-Gore administration. Their groundbreaking assessment of the most controversial president in modern times treats such crucial topics as race, women, and minorities; the character issue; foreign policy; and the media. This book provides a unique vantage point on the “Clinton riddle” that all future studies will need to consider.


Todd G. Shields is director of the Blair Center, chair of the Political Science Department, and associate professor of political science at the University of Arkansas, and the author of Money Matters: Campaign Finance Reform and Congressional Elections.

Jeannie M. Whayne is chair of the History Department and professor of history at the University of Arkansas, editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly, and the author or co-author of numerous books, including the award-winning A New Plantation South: Land, Labor, and Federal Favor in the Twentieth Century Arkansas (University of Virginia Press).

Donald R. Kelley is the director of the Fulbright Institute of International Relations and professor of comparative politics at the University of Arkansas, and the editor of After Communism: Perspectives on Democracy (University of Arkansas, 2003) and Soviet Politics from Brezhnev to Gorbachev.


October 2004
6" x 9"
326 pages
$29.95, paper (s)