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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (October 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060792132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060792138
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,102,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dick Morris served as Bill Clinton's political consultant for twenty years. A regular political commentator on Fox News, he is the author of ten New York Times bestsellers (all with Eileen McGann) and one Washington Post bestseller.



Eileen McGann is an attorney who, with her husband, Dick, writes columns for the New York Post and for their website, dickmorris.com. She has written extensively about the abuses of Congress and the need for reform.

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"Because I could" is the explanation Bill Clinton finally gave for Monica Lewinsky. Because HE can, Dick Morris ridicules the man he advised for twenty years. I don't know if Clinton enjoyed himself, but Morris is certainly having fun. The writer's own voice enriches the experience, not because he's a master narrator, but because he sounds just like the smarty-pants you'd expect. We hear that Bill has a temper, and was only briefly poor. Morris tells how the president copied a typed speech by hand in order to get credit for it. (Everybody knew he didn't type.) The thought that Clinton might have copied out his entire 957-page memoir by hand in order to get credit for writing that gets Morris laughing so hard that he loses his place. B.H.C. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is a very fast read.
M. A. Ramos
The book title "Because He Could" pretty well sums up Clinton's motivations and character.
Jackie Tortorella
This book is simply a re-hash of everything we have already heard.
Julie Carter

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Ryan on August 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book, unlike Morris's work on Hillary, is actually worth reading, because its perspective and analysis of our 42nd president is fascinating. Though the title is a little tiresome (and becomes especially so when Morris continues to say throughout the book `Why? Because he could!') the book is a fast page turner.

I particularly enjoyed Morris's portrayal of Clinton as one who only came to life around other people: if they were happy, he was, if they were in distress, he felt their pain. A master of reading people and changing according to their feelings, Clinton was perfectly suited to becoming a president who ruled by polls. Enter Dick Morris. As Clinton's chief poller, he also became, at one time, his chief political advisor. And Clinton needed one.

As `My Life' by Clinton shows, the president had no overall strategy and failed to see events as interconnected. For him, each issue needed to be examined individually and with Clinton, that was a laborious endeavor: the prez had the painful habit of considering each argument with equal weight, and therefore was extremely indecisive and cautious to take action. Result? Fiasco's like Waco, Somalia, Bosnia and Health Care reform. More seriously for the future: the loss of the Congress to the Republicans (over ten years now and counting) and the failure to stop Bin Laden.

Morris gives credit where credit is due though: Clinton's work on welfare reform cut the roll books in half and the tough work on deficit reduction allowed the economic boom of the 1990s to take place. Also interesting, was Clinton's use of the presidency as a bully pulpit for families and education: an issue that was local politics, and therefore cost Clinton nothing in the budget but brought in massive political capital.
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91 of 117 people found the following review helpful By ProperGander News (Dr. Emil Shuffhausen) on October 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Dick Morris has done it again...written an "insider's look" at the Clinton White House that runs the gamut from highly personal revelations to deeply insightful ruminations about the affect that personal beliefs and practices can have on national life. As he did in the excellent REWRITING HISTORY, Morris provides fascinating details that go "behind the scenes" to reveal searing vignettes, humorous episodes, painful failures, and astute observations. Sure, Morris has a rather large ego, and some of the book is definitely self-serving. But, one gets the sense that Morris already knows that about himself, and doesn't really have anything to hide. His portrait of Bill Clinton is complex and nuanced...and devastating. For a better understanding of what happened to America in the 1990s, and how that is playing out today, read this book immediately.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Dick Morris and his wife, Eileen McGann, wrote this book as a kind of de-coder ring for Clinton's memoir, "My Life". They had previously done the same thing with Hillary Clinton's "Living History" with strong results. I think this book is more lively and personal. This is because Morris was more personally involved with Bill than with Hillary. It is also obvious that he likes Bill more than he likes Hillary.

As with "Re-writing History", those who are passionate about the Clintons either way will likely be dissatisfied with aspects of this book. Morris believes in and talks about Bill's strengths and accomplishments. Morris is very clear on the brilliance of Bill's mind, his overpowering charisma, and his ability to learn from political setbacks.

However, Morris begins the book criticizing Bill for not taking enough credit or explaining all of his true accomplishments. He thinks that Clinton failed to put it all together because, Morris says, that Bill sees everything as a series of individual events, as very personalized stories. So, Bill doesn't see the big picture and how some things connect to other things. Morris then goes through all of the accomplishments of the eight years of the Clinton administration.

The rest of the book explains various aspects of what makes Bill tick. For example, on page 69, Morris says, " In Bill Clinton's world, no move could be made without someone at the ready to jump in front of him and take the bullet - whether they liked it or not." When one considers the trail of ruined lives left in the wake of both Clintons, I think this is an apt sentence.
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63 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on October 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Dick Morris comes back again with his second punch knock-out for the Clintons. The author, a former advisor to the former president, knows what he is talking about. "Because He Could" becomes the neutralizer to Clinton's book, "My Life," just as "Rewriting History" was to create an equilibrium for Hilary Clinton's "Living History." Now I am not sure you can call Morris a partisan, as he aided the Clintons personally, though he is surely not positive towards the family in his books. For anyone thinking that this is book is all about slander on the Democratic party in the midst of an election, the answer is that Bill's book just came out a few months ago and I'm sure that it took a while for Morris to get through with "My Life" and to create his own book. Thankfully "Because He Could" is about a third of the size that "My Life" is.

If Morris is doing this for partisan or political reasons then I say, why the hell not? We have Kitty Kelley, the gossiper, writing a book on our current sitting president solely to oust him, containing nothing but character assassination when she has never even met him. I'm not comparing Morris to Kelley at all, as Morris actually worked with the Clintons and is quite more respectful to the people in the aim of his books.
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