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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260499
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... Legacy’s greatest strength is its fairness. It is Clinton’s misfortune that Lowry is both just and devastating." -- Mona Charen (National Review Magazine)

"... there was more to the Clinton presidency than scandal, and Lowry, having read everything (it seems) ... captures it all." -- The Wall Street Journal, October 31, 2003

"Every paragraph carries freight in this ultimate indictment, and the nuggets fly like rounds from a machine gun." -- Newsmax.com

"For the millions ... afflicted by what the Clintons have done to our country, this is ... not to be missed." -- Lucianne Goldberg (National Review Online)

"For those interested in the truth about Clinton, I recommend reading Rich Lowry's book, 'Legacy.'" -- Jay Ambrose (New York Post, November 2, 2003) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Rich Lowry was named editor of National Review in 1997. He is a syndicated columnist and a commentator for the Fox News Channel. He writes for Politico, Time magazine, and often appears on such public affairs programs as Meet the Press and Face the Nation. His book, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York City.

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102 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Harold Weiss on October 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was a big Clinton supporter for many years. I even voted for him in both elections. After I saw how recklessly he behaved with that young intern and how quickly he was prepared to ruin her life with a major smear campaign (until of course the blue dress was found), I decided to look more closely at this man who had fooled so many people. I've read many books -- both from the Left and from the Right, but this book paints the most accurate picture of a President who many years from today the High Schools will be teaching how one selfish, con-man put his own self-interests before his country and how he placed this great land in the high-risk state it finds itself at the moment.
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79 of 95 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Lowry dissects the feel-good Clintons and exposes the rot at the core of their administration - the after effects of which we are still feeling in this country today (9/11, thank you Janet Reno!). Lowry does a thorough job of examining and revealing the dark underbelly of Teflon Bill and Hillary's creepy reign. A refreshing alternative to the usual portrayal of Clinton as martyr and greatest president we ever had (right). Hard to argue with the facts here, scary as they may be. Liberal repetition of phony spin won't work for you anymore after you read this compelling analysis. A PAGE TURNER! Lowry writes with intelligence, insight and humor.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Why is it that the people who like this book write about it's factual basis, research, thoroughness and compellingness, and the people who supposedly don't like it write about... the people who liked it. They don't respond to any of the substance of the book, or to any of the conclusions in it. They only write generalities and sarcastic comments. And that is telling in itself.
This book is solid. Anyone who really reads it, be they conservative, moderate or liberal, will come to the calm conclusion that Clinton was not a leader. He was a man with many problems that leaked all over his job and our country.
I thought Lowry's tone was objective, well-reasoned and intelligent. While he certainly doesn't think highly of Clinton and his presidency (and he lays out those reasons in detail), he doesn't resort to generalities and name-calling. If you are at all interested in understanding recent American history and the impact that Clinton had on our country, you have to read this.
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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Patrick A. Hayden on October 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
With "Legacy", author Rich Lowry takes a long, hard look at the Clinton years and comes away with an honest assessment of Clinton's Presidency, free of the grating hyperbole that scars books by Clinton's admirers and detractors. In fact, "Legacy" is probably the fairest critique of Clinton I've ever read. I say fair because Lowry never allows his personal feelings to get in the way of the way Clinton handled(or didn't handle) the issues during his tenure, a problem with many Conservative looks at Clinton. It may be the first serious look at his Presidency, as books such as "The Natural" by Joe Klien and "The Clinton Wars" by Sid Bluementhal, widely considered the "best" of the Clinton defenders, fall apart trying to prove a conclusion that they have reached but facts don't hold out, namely, that Clinton is a near-great President. This is obviously not true. Lowry avoids calling him the worst, and comes to his conclusions on Clinton's Presidency after all of his research is done.
As editor of National Review, Lowry may be seen as a Clinton-hater by some partisans, but when reading the book that simply doen't come across. What Lowry shows, in a fast-paced and informative way, is that Clinton was a low-tier President who seemed so obsessed with his own Legacy that he failed to make any important decisions and who was simply lucky to hold office during one of the best periods of growth in American history. Lowry puts the lie to the claim that Clinton ecomonic packages, most famously his 1993 "stimulus", were the cause of the growth of the 1990's. He gives Clinton credit for standing out of the way of the economy.
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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
There's no better book on the Clinton presidency than this one by National Review editor Rich Lowry, an outstanding writer and smart political analyst. Conservatives have written a lot about Clinton, but Legacy may in fact provide the last word. And don't you love that red-letter "A" on the front cover?
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45 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've written a 5 star review before, so I won't comment on the book anymore. But I feel somewhat compelled to express my utter disgust with those one star reviewers who do not criticize the book on a fact-basis, but rather lash out in cold, unqualified hatred against anyone who dares to look at the situation objectively. The comparisons they make are scary, insulting, and have absolutely nothing to do with what is written in the book. There is a complete lack of basic respect for those of us who like this book. What's more is that the tone of these reviews suggests that most one star folks haven't even made a serious attempt to read it and understand it.
One-star folks, you scare me: the country was run by a bunch of you, and was heading for disaster until the current administration saved it. You don't even have to read this book to see this - just open your eyes and start watching/reading something other than ABC News and/or The New York Times.
For the record: I am not in any way affiliated with the author, nor with any of the "official" supporters that were named. I am not even American, even though I live here. I love America, and I think Americans are generally wonderful, generous people. What the country needs now is to take a serious, mature, and careful look at the disaster that has unfolded in the 1990s, and make sure that nothing similar is ever permitted to happen again. This administration clearly represents American values, as contrasted with the one subjected to such thoughtful analysis in Mr. Lowry's excellent book.
Dissent isn't treason, it is healthy and required these days. The blind consent demanded by those on the radical Left, on the other hand, is what supported Hitler in Nazi Germany. Blind consent is what you are giving, one-star folks. Stop it!
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