From The Publisher: Nov. 2, 1992

THE story of Bill Clinton's long march from the Governor's mansion to within striking distance of the Oval Office is a narrative with many threads. It is not solely about Clinton's triumphs and falterings, strategies and dumb luck. To grasp fully this remarkable odyssey requires an understanding of how the successes and failures of political opponents both impeded and abetted Clinton's journey. In short, it is a story tailor-made for TIME magazine.

From the start of the campaign season, chief political correspondent Michael Kramer has monitored the ebb and flow of the entire process. Senior writer Walter Shapiro, Washington deputy bureau...

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