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The Clinton Crack-Up: The Boy President's Life After the White House Hardcover – March 20, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1595550941 ISBN-10: 1595550941 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (March 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595550941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595550941
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,636,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of the famous and feared The American Spectator. The author of several books including the New York Times best-selling Boy Clinton, Madame Hillary, The Liberal Crack-Up, and The Conservative Crack-Up, Tyrrell's syndicated column is published weekly in such papers as the New York Post, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Times.


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202 of 241 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
R. Emmett Tyrell Jr. is not only the founder of The American Spectator, but according to Hillary Clinton he is one of those at the center of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. This amuses Tyrell to no end (even though the Clinton attacks have cost him plenty) and he explains why in this book. Yes, there is no love lost between the author and the Clintons. He loves to talk about what goes on behind the carefully crafted public façade and they like to rail at him for distortions and rehashing material that is old news. This book does go over some of the old stuff in passing, but most of it focuses on what Bill and Hillary have been doing since their co-Presidency ended in 2000.

If you are a Clinton supporter or at least one who accepts the public image of him as a wouldabeengreat President if not for the Republican attacks, you should avoid this book unless you enjoy getting riled up. If you are a true believer in the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and do not want to hear or accept evidence to he contrary, again, avoid this book.

If you enjoy reading about more Clinton activities and what they usually imply, well, you will certainly enjoy this book. Especially if you enjoy hearing Bill called things like, "the most low-grade lout ever elected president" or "the white-haired and shrunken Clinton is a forlorn figure, irritable, melancholy, and anxious to be remembered well" this book will be just what you want. It isn't exactly vicious or full of bile, but it isn't dispassionate either.

For me, the portions of the book worth the price are the appendices. The first lists all of the speaking gigs and the fees received by Bill from Feb 2001 through the end of 2005.
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332 of 403 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Polier on March 16, 2007
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I'll preface this by stating I voted for Bill Clinton but was bored to death by both "My Life" and "It takes a village".

I was astonished to learn the breadth of Bill Clinton's involvement in the Genocide of almost a million black Rwandans, and have become convinced after reading this book that this and this alone will be his legacy.

Clinton spearheaded the US decision to refuse to even to commit soldiers or money to UN efforts to control the civil war in Rwanda where a million blacks died in 100 days. Clinton went so far as refusing to even use the term 'Genocide' to refer to the massacre.

The book had some tantalizing tidbits included numerous allegations of his affairs with and preference for Asian women, along with icy and excruciating details on the Clinton marriage with some not-so-border-line spousal abuse issues. I have more empathy for the guy after reading how his wife treated him.

While I found it endearing that close friends referred to them as Hill-Billy, I was suprised that John Kerry refused to consider her as a vice presidential candidate.

And surprisingly... almost nothing about Monica Lewinsky!
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47 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on June 20, 2007
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Inasmuch as it seems that the Clintons, like the poor, shall always be with us, it's some consolation to know that R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., is still with us too. He has had the Clintons' number from the beginning, and remains unsurpassed in his ability to shine the spotlight on their lies, failings, pomposity, and turpitude. "The Clinton Crack-Up," the latest addition to his five-foot shelf of books, is perhaps his best, if not his most important ("Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House" gets that honor) yet.

Three things stand out about Bob Tyrrell's writing, and "The Clinton Crack-Up" is evidence of all three. First is the thorough research he does. The distinctiveness of his prose hangs on a solid structure of documentation and cataloging. The second is precisely that prose. It's idiosyncratic ... flamboyant, even ... and can take some getting used to. But personally, I think it's wonderful to read something that was written for educated adults. The obvious, even clichéd, comparison is to Mencken, but it's clichéd because it's appropriate. If Mencken were alive today, I don't think he would mind.

And the third thing that stands out about Tyrrell's writing is that he is funny. He recognizes that fundamentally, the Clintons "have always been amusing" (p. 19). While so many "Clinton-haters" seethe in anger or call down the curses of the Lord upon Pudge and Ruffles, "insensate to the full comic dimensions of the Clintons' burlesque" (p. 43), Tyrrell laughs. It's one thing to be hated or feared. It's something very different to be thought ridiculous -- which is why Tyrrell seems to occupy a place of unique vilification among the Clintonistas.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on June 9, 2007
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I was going to put off reading this one until the used book price dropped but found that I simply could not wait any longer. I had to hear all about Bill's antics over the last eight years, particularly with his wife in the news everyday. The big creep's personal life has largely been flying under the radar since he left office so there's no question that there's a lot of material to go over, but salacious details are not to be found in The Clinton Crack-up. It's unfortunate that the 42nd President's tenure turned us all into voyeurs, but the fact is that there are not too many juicy stories in these pages. Oh, he's still getting it whenever possible but it appears that he's sleeping with seasoned and hardened Democratic Party fundraiser types who are not the sort to be narcissistically sharing tidbits with the general public. Alas, I guess there'll never be another Monica. I do give Tyrrell a lot of credit for the stunt he pulled off in Toronto which you can read about in the Prologue. As we know from his excellent columns at The American Spectator, Bob is not lacking in spirit or courage. Yet, the central question is, what's become of the Boy President? He continues to be a perfect case study of extroversion as he is completely energized by crowds and other people, but now, for the first time since his being Governor of Arkansas, when he is alone he is truly alone. He got habituated to massive does of publicity and attention and appears to miss the fanfare badly. This book is particularly strong in regards to its discussion of the Clinton political legacy--or lack-there-of that is. The majority of the politicians he campaigns for do not succeed, and the man is clearly not the political genius that the press has made him out to be.Read more ›
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