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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.
In the usual verbal assault you would expect from Christopher Hitchens- this book did not disappoint. I read it from front to back in a day! It was that enticing. excl lent!!!Published 2 months ago by Kevin
Hitchens is, as always, eloquent. A must read/re-read for those contemplating the political campaign of 2016 and inevitable attempts to rehabilitate of Bill Clinton.Published 3 months ago by Phil Skolnick
book is in great condition, and i can't wait to get into it. should be a great read and great addition to the fun i have writing about politics. ;)Published 5 months ago by Sudhama Ranganathan
A very refreshing take on the deep corruption rooted in the Clinton Administration during the era of the progressive golden age. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Justin
Actually, this book arrived just today and I haven't had an opportunity to even open it. I'd really like to rate this book in a week or so. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bobby G. Baucom
This book was enlightening. Christopher Hitchens is as always an incredible writer and this quick read will ave you thinking twice next time you defend the Clintons.Published 9 months ago by Michael Brady
Sincerely the information could be good but the author is extremely wordy at times. Hitchens sounds pedantic without too much bones...Published 10 months ago by I. R. napier
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I have read a few of Peter Hitchens books and always found them to be superbly well written, thought provoking and well informed. Read more
I received this book as a Christmas present in 1999 and promptly placed it in my stack of books to read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by James A. Thomasson