From The Publisher: Jul. 20, 1992

To understand Bill Clinton better, TIME contributor Garry Wills decided to look past the Democratic presidential nominee's national persona and examine him in the context of the idiosyncratic state he has governed for 12 years. Wills, a distinguished historian and journalist, made two circuits of Arkansas, driving from Hope in the south through Hot Springs and Little Rock to Fayetteville in the north. He talked not only to Clinton but also to the candidate's friends, relatives and neighbors, and he soaked up the landscape that produced the man. "I think the rest of the country has trouble understanding Southerners," says Wills,...

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