Between Hope and History
Review of the book “Between Hope and History" authored by Bill Clinton, the former president of United States of America.
Clinton prioritized the quality life of their people: ‘America is to prosper and the people are to meet such quality for which they stay here’.
Bill Clinton believes that his guiding force for success as president was following ‘opportunity, responsibility and community’.
Mujeeb Ali Samo
One good book in hand is equal to a library. That is why, it is said that book is with full of wisdom and knowledge.
The book “Between Hope and History” is one of the comprehensive books worth reading. It is written by Bill Clinton, the former president of United States of America. The book is all about his personal experience as the president of USA. He has focused on three principles which has helped him as the successful president. He says that if you want to have success in your life then you are to follow blind boldly these three principles as a tool that is Opportunity, Responsibility and the Community. Former President Bill Clinton says that opportunity is fundamental attainment for success but that shall be possible when you feel it as your foremost responsibility to qualify it truly. All that other he believes that you shall serve the community. Every individual American has to realize that fact that opportunity, responsibility and the service to the community is primarily for the progress of the country.
He further writes in his book that government of America is neither small nor big. It has responsibility to meet with the demands of the people as its citizens. He says that when he took reigns of the government as the president. He has faced the multiple challenges, they are raised from the side of Congress and other opposition and from different sections of the society but all that he face them boldly for the welfare of the common people. Bill Clinton moreover writes in his book that America had been victim of various social crimes. They were severe in nature. Such as, state terrorism, street crimes, land mafia, drugs trafficking, rape, child pregnancy, youth unemployment, and other individual as group deviance. To control them to its gross-root, he has ordered for the stiff laws in state, but he says that he faced the great opposition from the congress and had paid for it for the welfare of the people. Bill Clinton says that his aim as the president of USA is to bring the dream of practical welfare for the people of America. Irrespective of any creed, cast and faith, he believes that they are American by heart. Bill Clinton does not wet a aggression, violence and inferior attitude to the neighbor countries. He even supported the mutual relations with the Russia and China. He took steps to lessen the subtle enemy policies for the rogue states and extended hand of friendship for the progress and welfare of the either country. Clinton expresses in his book that world need durable peace. It is only need of all.
Regarding nuclear war, he condemns its use. He encourages to live in peace. To give up nuclear race, he says that they have taken collective efforts to pressures the North Korea to surrender making the nuclear capability for the mass destruction.
Bill Clinton says in the book ‘between hope and history’ that some his die hard congress opponents asked to go for installing star security, to which he defends that it costs us the billions of dollars with stake of living of their people.
Children at the mercy of others will definitely fall prone to the illegal activities. He instructed every parent to supervise the activities of their children at the meager age so that they may not fall to any bad activity. Child must be exposed to the good society so as to become the good citizen. Children should also be given education about their physical change.
He prioritizes the quality life of their people. America is to prosper and the people are to meet such quality for which they stay here. Bill Clinton says that their dream shall not come into reality until and unless they don’t work for it. If America is to make the progress then every individual is to realize that freedom is not individual it is for all. Each American is respect his fellow being. With reference to education, he says that every child is to be in school. He provided them with quality education. He believes that world is in compass of global village. It has advanced fast so he worked as president to facilitate every institution with internet and proper use of technical devices like computer and other accessory gadgets. Bill Clinton further writes that his country was victim of social problems. Like child pregnancy, drug mafia, youth deviance, weapons in the hands of children. He says that he has passed the bill to control them. But, he says that parents are to play their role as responsible one. They need to fulfill their responsibility as real parents. Setting their children free from any account is irresponsible attitude. He says that state shall be in charge of their welfare later on, first parents are to look after their children carefully. He says that careless parent shall be taken to account. Children at the mercy of others will definitely fall prone to the illegal activities. He instructed every parent to supervise the activities of their children at the meager age so that they may not fall to any bad activity. Child must be exposed to the good society so as to become the good citizen. Children should also be given education about their physical change. He says that a girl of 16 age if become pregnant and bears the child, she is mentally not yet mature to take the responsibility of the other child.
In relation to economical downfall, Bill Clinton says that his country was bearing a financial deficit. He took a responsibility to get his country out from such loss. He introduced a million jobs for the people so that they live happily. Bill Clinton writes in his book that every company either big or small. They own their employee as an asset. They have a faith that life of an individual is precious. It must be valued to its best.
Bill Clinton believes that his guiding force for success as president was following ‘opportunity, responsibility and community’. He says that he took inspiration to keep the title of his book by meeting with Seamus Heaney, the Nobel Prize-winning poet. Once, I met him in Ireland. His one line always leaps out at me the moment when I read “hope and history rhyme”.
If this book is read with great attention and care it shall certainly give a food for thought.
Mujeeb Ali Samo is a freelance writer based in Larkana Sindh