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Encyclopedia > My Life (Bill Clinton autobiography)
My Life
My Life

My Life is a 2004 autobiography written by former President of the United States Bill Clinton, who left office on January 20, 2001. The book was published by the Knopf Publishing Group at Random House on June 22, 2004, and set a worldwide record for single day non-fiction book sales according to the publisher;[1] the book sold in excess of 400,000 copies. He had received what was at the time the world's highest book advance fee, believed to have been worth US$12 million; at the announcement of media personality Oprah Winfrey's future weight loss book, it was said that her undisclosed advance fee had broken this record.[2] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (611x927, 44 KB) Cover of My Life (Bill Clinton autobiography). ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (611x927, 44 KB) Cover of My Life (Bill Clinton autobiography). ... Cover of An autobiography, from the Greek auton, self, bios, life and graphein, write, is a biography written by the subject or composed conjointly with a collaborative writer (styled as told to or with). The term dates from the late eighteenth century, but the form is much older. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year 2001. ... Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ... Random House is a publishing division of the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann based in New York City. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954) is a multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. ...


The audio book edition, read by Clinton, won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. This was the second time he had won the award; in February 2004, Clinton (along with former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and actress Sophia Loren) won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for narrating the Russian National Orchestra's album Peter and the Wolf/Wolf Tracks. Cassette recording of Patrick OBrians The Mauritius Command An audio book is a recording of the contents of a book read aloud. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music... The Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album has been awarded since 1959. ... Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachyov ( , Mihail Sergeevič Gorbačëv, IPA: , commonly written as Mikhail Gorbachev; born March 2, 1931) was the last leader of the Soviet Union, serving from 1985 until its collapse in 1991. ... Sophia Loren in the film, La Donna Del Fiume Sophia Loren (born September 20, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning actress (film and stage) widely considered to be the most famous Italian actress. ... The Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children has been awarded since 1994. ... The Russian National Orchestra is an orchestra based in Moscow, Russia. ... bob and the bad personis a composition by Sergei Prokofiev written in 1936 after his return to Russia. ...


Trivia

  • Clinton spent about two and a half years on the book. He gathered material for four months, wrote an outline, "and then I wrote for two years and two months."[3]
  • He was assisted in the book's writing by Justin Cooper. "I wrote it out long hand, left blanks for research, he'd do the research, put it in the computer, print it out, and then we'd edit it. Every page in this book has probably been gone over somewhere between three and nine times."[4]
  • The original draft for the book was written completely in long-hand. "[There were] twenty-two big, thick notebooks."[5]

References

  1. ^ Alfred A. Knopft (2004). Bill Clinton's My Life sets one day, non-fiction sales record. Retrieved June 22, 2006.
  2. ^ Glaister, Dan. "Oprah Winfrey book deal tops Clinton's $12m", The Guardian, 22 May 2006.
  3. ^ Late Show with David Letterman, The, aired August 3, 2004.
  4. ^ Late Show with David Letterman, The, aired August 3, 2004.
  5. ^ Late Show with David Letterman, The, aired August 3, 2004.

May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

Bill Clinton on The Daily Show, promoting My Life.
Bill Clinton on The Daily Show, promoting My Life.
  • Random House My Life page
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