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Hitchens is particularly damning on Clinton's tendency to resort to divisive racial politics when it suits his purposes, as when, in the course of the 1992 presidential campaign, he refused to lift a finger to save a mentally retarded African American from state execution so he could appear tough on crime, then shortly afterwards hijacked a Rainbow Coalition conference to criticize rap artist Sister Souljah for the benefit of the attendant press. When he needs the black vote, though, Clinton will allow himself to be trumpeted as the most racially sensitive president in American history--if not, in Toni Morrison's memorably ludicrous phrase, "our first black president." Furthermore, the man who once connived his way out of the draft has become a chief executive so willing to use military air strikes as a means of foreign policy that, in the author's view, the United States is now a "potential banana republic."
Of course, there is plenty of vitriol directed at Clinton's conduct with regard to Monica Lewinsky (the woman with whom he admitted, under duress, to having had an "inappropriate relationship" consisting of multiple incidences of oral sex) and Kathleen Willey (who alleges that the leader of the free world merely fondled her breasts and forced her to touch--albeit shielded under some layers of clothing--his tumescent penis). In Hitchens's view, however, the sexual controversies are only the most prominent aspect of Clinton's shameful character, a moral condition that must be considered in toto. The book is short, with an argument that runs only about a hundred pages, but that's still more than enough room for Hitchens to serve up a comprehensive, blistering indictment suffused throughout by his dark wit. He sums up the failure of those fixated on Clinton's adultery to fully investigate his cronyism and financial shenanigans: "It's not the lipstick traces, stupid," Hitchens warns, "it's the Revlon Connection." --Ron Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was a fan of Bill Clinton's but this book has made me change my mind. No person guilty of even half of what Clinton is being accused of deserves to be president of any nation,... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Paul Pellarini
An excellent unbiased insight into a political couple who I always thought were the biggest con artists in recent history.Published 26 days ago by William T Morris
Devestating book about the Clintons. Always mistrusted the man - a liar, a seemingly sex addict and just plain dishonest. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter M. Olsen
This seems to be one of those books that a name author fires off because he knows a publisher will print it and sell it, regardless of how little work went into the writing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. LAWSON
We all think we know what a scumbag Clinton was; find out for real what a despicable person is like.Published 3 months ago by Michael Berish
This short book I took on soon after reading "Hitch-22". I had previously read sometime ago "The Trial of Henry Kissinger" and remember being blown away by the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brad Howes
Hitchens provides a well put and valid argument of the Triangulation of Bill Clinton. I was never a big fan of Clinton, because he always seemed a little too good to be true. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chad