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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (March 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312240910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312240912
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Though it's a legal document, the Starr Report, published in late 1998, reads like a racy novel about the most powerful man in the world, President Bill Clinton, and a young intern, Monica Lewinsky, who's portrayed as a spoiled Beverly Hills brat performing oral sex on the president while he talked to colleagues on the telephone.

Andrew Morton, the author of Diana: Her True Story, spent several months interviewing Lewinsky after the scandal broke; the result is Monica's Story, which asserts that the picture the Starr Report paints of Lewinsky is totally incorrect. Morton believes she and the president had an emotional, mutually satisfying relationship, which, if circumstances had been different, would probably have remained secret. Although he covers much of the same territory as the Starr Report, he adds details of conversations Lewinsky and Clinton had in an attempt to show the depth of the relationship. In chapters with titles like "Grunge, Granola, and Andy" and "Terror in Room 1012," he paints a portrait of a "child-woman" who is sexually liberated but also intelligent, loving, and well mannered. "[She] could be anybody's sister," he insists, "anybody's daughter."

The book is most interesting, however, in its descriptions of the political intrigue, lies, and deception resulting from Kenneth Starr's investigation. Leading the evil band is Linda Tripp, described as a black-hearted, shameless manipulator who betrayed Lewinsky and spurred the scandal for her own personal gain (she was planning to write a book about Clinton). He also examines the media's hatred for Lewinsky--particularly that of women writers who became obsessed with her weight and body shape. "Just as the O.J. Simpson trial exposed the racial fault line running through American society," he argues, "so the Monica Lewinsky saga has spotlighted the underlying misogyny that still permeates American life." Monica's Story is gripping stuff--porn, fantasy, farce, political commentary, and tragedy all rolled into one. --Dale Kneen,

From the Publisher

Monica Lewinsky has been at the center of the most sensational political storm of our time...yet she has not said one word publicly about the scandal.

Now, in MONICA'S STORY, Andrew Morton can reveal the real Monica Lewinsky behind the sordid headlines. Like Morton's bestselling DIANA: HER TRUE STORY, the book will be based on long, tape-recorded interviews with the subject, her family and friends.

MONICA'S STORY will be published the same week the she finally breaks her silence in a special Barbara Walters interview, in late February. According to the New York Times, the two have already met:
"She is well-spoken. She is intelligent," Ms. Walters told The New York Times, "There's a lot not in the record--what this year has been like for her, what it felt like when the president made his statements, her reaction, her views on the various people involved, the jokes."


Jacket photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

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Customer Reviews

There were, however, many unnecessary details.
Scott Nieveen
All people live in a gray area, meaning sometimes they do the right thing and other times they don't.
Miranda Harris
I bought and read this book when it first came out just "out of curiosity"!

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Not well-written, but a very interesting account of the whole Monica/Bill/Ken Starr story. I needed to hear her version and learn more about what went into the making of a young woman who could dare such a dangerous and foolish liaison. She also provides interesting insights into Bill Clinton, though we see him through her filters of course. I tend to believe much of what she says about their relationship, that it was more than sexual and that they felt like soul-mates, irresistably drawn to each other (as opposed to mere dalliance). What she didn't understand was that she would always be on the losing end. It is sad to hear her recount the many nights and weekends she sat by the phone, putting her own life on hold, in the hope that he would call. It's the classic scenario for the unmarried woman in love with a married and very busy man. She lived for the crumbs because they were so delicious, but they weren't enough to nourish and sustain her; you can't make a life out of crumbs.
The whole business with Ken Starr's staff is truly frightening and I wanted to hear the details in her own voice. Until I read this account, I hadn't fully understood the depth of the fear that she and her entire family lived in as a result of the investigation and intimidation by the FBI and the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP). She was a pawn in the Right Wing/Ken Starr's vendetta against the President.
In a moral sense, nothing that Monica did justified the treatment she received by the OSP, the FBI, and the destruction of her life and her family's by the media.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Nelson VINE VOICE on February 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is the infamous book on Monica Lewinsky, the President's mistress.
While the reason that I picked up this book was because I didn't have anything else handy to read, I surprisingly found the book a fascinating read. The book does not cover the scandal as much as the people behind the scandal. The book portrays Ms. Lewinsky as a lost young woman who happened to fall in love with a married man, who happened to be the president. Ms. Lewinsky portrays President Clinton not as the womanizer Judge Starr and the media portrayed him as, but as a man, who had a poor marriage and was lonely. Judge Starr was portrayed not as the man looking for truth and justice as I though he was, but as a cold, thoughtless person only looking after his own personal, political agenda.
The only downfall to the book is that everyone knows how the story ends. However, I became so engrossed in the book because it focused on the people of the scandal, not the scandal itself. It changed how I thought about the major players in the whole affair.
While I found the book fascinating, the book is not for everyone. The story is yesterday's news, and many people would rather the whole thing just went away. However, if you want to see the scandal from a point of view other than the mass media's, I would highly recommend this book.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By nerdygirl on August 15, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Any woman in her early twenties, who has ever fallen in love with a man who is married and forbidden by conventional ethical and professional standards, will find empathy in this book.
Whatever side of truth or political scenario this book attempts to portray, I primarily read it as a romance and enjoyed it more than ever. The book's appeal lies in the dynamics of the affair between the young intern and the president, rather than any political truth-finding. Maybe, there are too many 'truths' out there, and who are we to judge which one is true. This is Monica's version, so why quibble about absolute realities?
The book certainly does a good job of revealing her a human figure rather than a man-hunting slut responsible for the impreachment of Clinton.
Why marvel Marie Antoinette and Josephine, and not Monica? I admire Monica Lewinsky as a person who enjoys poetry, loves life, watches her weight, experiments with men, and most of all braves what the world thinks of her. I really think people ought to stop thinking of her as a sex symbol.
Tragic as the love story's end is, Monica RULZ!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on October 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought and read this book when it first came out just "out of curiosity"! I was sure that Monica was definitely 110% in the wrong and a troublemaker for President Clinton. But as I started to read the book, with an open mind. I found that this girl was just a young woman with a crush on a good-looking man who was showing attention towards her, I realized that she was having a school girl crush and confided in someone, much like a school girl would to a girlfriend, and was betrayed. Then things began to get out of control... President Clinton was very much to blame in the events that followed. I could NOT put the book down and finished it in a matter of a few days because I could NOT BELIEVE what Monica and her mom were put through! I'm not condoning what Monica did with the President, but this is not the first President in history to have indiscretions while in office. Yet, I think nowadays, the "PRESS" tends to add fuel to the fire of any situation that they can just to get their story - whether it be true or heresay. And they don't care how it affects the person(s) involved... look at Princess Diana and her needless death due to paparazzi!! I don't think our forefathers intended "FREEDOM OF THE PRESS" to be interpreted the way our so-called "PRESS" uses it! I think in the case of Monica & President Clinton, it should have been handled with discretion & integrity before announcing it to the nation. It was a matter of such privacy that did NOT need to involve the nation, in my opinion, and Hillary & Chelsea DID NOT need to be publicly embarrassed by such an indiscretion. This book is a MUST READ... it changed my view and opinion of the entire situation and of Monica Lewinsky.
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