Rock Star on a Mission

In the spring of 2000, when we were working to secure $435 million in debt relief for the developing world that President Clinton had promised, a friendly legislator took Bono and me to a private office near the U.S. Capitol. "I think we can make a deal at about $200 million," the lawmaker said. He had been told that by "certain people." We knew that the prior offer was just $60 million to $70 million. "Declare victory and go home," our friend advised.

Bono said, "No, we need the full $435 million." There was an awkward moment. "And another thing," Bono...

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