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All provocative stuff, some of it new. But most readers will flip to the book's second half, a fly-on-the-wall account of the backroom mud-wrestling in both the Clinton and Starr camps in the Monicagate morass. It's a trove of racy facts (mostly from anonymous sources). We read that Clinton called Nixon a "war criminal," yet tried to minimize Watergate in his Nixon eulogy, that he disgusted Ford and Jack Nicklaus by cheating while golfing with them, and that he kept falsely assuring aides, "I'm retired! [as an adulterer]." We hear Hillary's alleged words of agony and see the pain on Bill's face after Chelsea reads The Starr Report on the Internet. Starr comes off like RoboCop without the human side. Woodward calls him "pathetic and unwise" in rejecting his staff's urgent demand not to send the lurid details of presidential sex to Congress. "I love the narrative!" Starr weirdly exulted, according to Woodward's new Deep Throat (or Throats). Since Monica was interrogated at Starr's mother-in-law's apartment, which he called "Grandma's place," ethics expert Sam Dash suggested they call it "Operation Red Riding Hood." What sharp teeth everyone in this book has!
To tell the truth, Woodward doesn't really knit together 25 years' worth of scandals into a single strong narrative. But the Clinton part is the closest thing yet to what we all crave: a tale of Monicagate with some of the flavor of a John Grisham thriller. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The book provides a good in depth history of that if you want the goods on Monicagate.
I guess I wanted to read more reasons to not like Republican presidents and I expected Bob Woodward to provide that for me.
With my professed admiration for Woodward it pains me to say this, but the premise does not really work in the book.
Bob Woodward is a master of writing books on issues that could be delivered in a boring manner but in his hands, they come off as greatly entertaining. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter
Good historical information to compare with media. Wordy, tiresome.Published 5 months ago by Arne Adams
Bob give an insightful look into all Presidents from Nixon-Clinton. Very critical of Gerald Ford as he never went from Congressman - to president. never wanted to be president. Read morePublished 16 months ago by D Donald Snyder
You'll be amazed how much time and effort and money was used by, especially, the Clinton White House and Ken Star. Good book.Published 23 months ago by Arthur Foulkes
Not so much presidential scandals qua scandals, more crises of presidential credibility, and investigations by independent counsels/special prosecutors in particular. Read morePublished on April 17, 2011 by Caleb Hanson
Bob Woodward, who with his partner, Carl Bernstein, brought down the Nixon Administration with their exposes of Watergate. Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by Jeremy A. Perron
Published in 1999 by Washington Post investigative reporter Bob Woodward and his crack research team, "Shadow, Five Presidents And the Legacy Of Watergate" is a timely read. Read morePublished on August 4, 2010 by V. L. Wilson
I enjoyed this book very much. It is a very interesting book that talks about the challenges that befell several of our last presidents. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Uncle Chino
Well, I read a few books by Woodward. I haven't been that impressed by any of them. After I finished this one, I closed the door on Bob Woodward. Read morePublished on October 18, 2007 by Richard E. Noble