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The Emperor's New Clothes: Exposing the Truth from Watergate to 9/11 Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 26, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312357966
  • ASIN: B0046LUGG2
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,540,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Richard Ben-Veniste has played a critical role in exposing the most important national scandals of our time.  His candid and compelling account of five of the most consequential investigations in recent history makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding.”—Senator Tom Daschle, author of Critical

“Richard Ben-Veniste is a very special lawyer.  He has written a very special book.  You should read it.  You will be palpably richer for having done so.”—F. Lee Bailey, author of When the Husband Is the Suspect

“Super lawyer Richard Ben-Veniste has played a major role in the most interesting and challenging scandals in Washington over the last forty years.… I’ve been trying to get the real story from him for years—and here it is!”—Terry McAuliffe, author of What a Party!

“Richard Ben-Veniste is as tough and as smart as they come.  In this new book he inspires us with his commitment to justice, fairness, and the truth.”—Paul Begala, author of Third Term

“Ben-Veniste punches like a heavyweight, attacking hubris and hypocrisy in a career that spans four decades of major scandals.  A knockout!”—Roger Cossack, ESPN legal analyst

“Richard Ben-Veniste’s fascinating narrative highlights his pursuit of the bad guys through the legal system and his service to the American public and the Constitution.”—Daniel Schorr, National Public Radio, and author of Come to Think of It

“Richard Ben-Veniste has written a compelling book that recounts his five-decade pursuit of truth and transparency from successive American administrations.”—Valerie Plame Wilson and former U.S. ambassador Joseph C. Wilson

“Reading Richard Ben-Veniste’s book gave me a sense of eavesdropping on the history of the late twentieth century and the new millennium with all of its mendacity, nobility, and folly.  Ben-Veniste is that rare attorney who can combine first-rate legal acumen with riveting storytelling.”—Eric Dezenhall, CEO of Dezenhall Resources and author of Damage Control

“Richard Ben-Veniste dismantles and exposes with rapier-like precision the mechanics of disinformation, once considered the monopoly of totalitarian societies.”—Arnaud de Borchgrave, director of the Transnational Threats Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

“Richard Ben-Veniste has been at the center of many of Washington’'s most historic brawls. His entertaining history is told truly from inside the eye of the storm.”—Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side

“In the small world of towering giants of the legal profession who could do it all—investigate exhaustively, handle the written and spoken word at the highest levels, and prowl the courtroom with skill, cunning, and an ineluctable quest for truth…Richard Ben-Veniste is a very special lawyer. He has written a very special book. You should read it.  You will be palpably richer for having done so.”—F. Lee Bailey

“Richard Ben-Veniste is one of the most distinguished lawyers in the United States.  His leading roles in the Watergate, Whitewater, Abscam, and 9/11 Commission investigations showed him to be both a highly effective investigator and a guardian of civil liberties.”—Bob Woodward, author of The War Within

About the Author

Richard Ben-Veniste is a partner in the international law firm Mayer Brown LLP.  Among his many distinctions, he served as a member of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, as Minority Chief Counsel for the Senate Whitewater Committee, as Chief of the Watergate Task Force of the Watergate Special Prosecutor’s Office, and as Chief of the Special Prosecutions Section of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter. 


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William L. Fleisher on June 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As an avid pursuer of the truth, I looked forward to reading The Emperor's New Clothes-Exposing the Truth from Watergate to 9/11, which is about some of the most dramatic political dramas of the past forty years from the prospective of one of the nation's most famous attorneys, Richard Ben-Veniste. I was particularly interested in well-known Democratic Party champion Ben-Veniste's in the trenches view of the 9/11 Commission's work and conclusions. I was not disappointed

Ben-Veniste's truly brilliant and witty legal mind provided insight to the hardball machinations of Washington politics often called the "Potomac Two-Step." The theme that ran through the book that struck the biggest cord with me was the almost endemic arrogance, hypocrisy and hubris of our elected officials and their appointed minions.

The Nixon White House's obvious obstruction of justice and Mr. Nixon's almost ludicrous body-checks in the interest of "national security" to the Watergate probes was most disheartening, but old news. However, Mr. Ben-Veniste's firsthand anecdotes about the personal integrities of Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski restored my faith in America's patriots.

I admit I became angry reading about the Bush White House's obvious stonewalling the acknowledgment of the existence and subsequent release to the 9/11 Commission of the June 9, 2001, CIA Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) memo, which warned of a possible Al Qaeda attack by airplane on the US homeland. What was the real eye opener was that this stonewalling was not done in the "interest of national security," but to cover-up the fact that the Administration had been asleep at the wheel.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christian Schlect VINE VOICE on June 7, 2009
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Richard Ben-Veniste's take on several high profile national proceedings in which he, a Democrat and a legal advocate, played a significant role. While his thoughts on the 9/11 Commission's work will understandably elicit the most attention, I personally found the author's history of Speaker John McCormack's gentle fall from power also to be quite interesting.

A massive ego is on display throughout this book, along with the added shortcoming of an often less than graceful writing style. (Why do so many trial lawyer/authors feel compelled to quote verbatim hearing transcripts so often and at length? Why do they think they need to use curse words to show they are street wise and tough?)

In terms of similar writing efforts, I will say Mr. Ben-Veniste's book is superior to Robert Bennett's Washington, D.C. legal memoir "In the Ring". (This is faint praise.)

While "The Emperor's New Clothes" will add to the record, readers seeking a balanced view of some of the more significant national political controversies and scandals of our time will need to look elsewhere.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jill Wine-Banks on July 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As the author's trial partner in the Watergate case and tapes hearing, I very much enjoyed his lucid, insightful and accurate telling of that chapter of American history. It brought back a lot of wonderful memories. Even better for me was getting the inside story on the other important chapters of history where Richard also played a significant role. You'll learn from this book--and enjoy it while you are. Rick's personality shines through and will make you smile.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith B. Hastings on June 30, 2009
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Did you really want to know what happened on the inside of the Saturday Night Massacre? Have you ever wondered what motivated Whitewater? What was going on when the obvious theater of the 9/11 commission was being played out? This guy not only knows but he's telling us. I'd love to know what else he knows that he can't tell us. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a key to Amazon books that told us when to buy those that reveal previously held secrets? I mean the truth, not those trying to change history to make one side look better than another. I want to read books that make me change my mind about what I thought I knew about historical events. This is just such a book.
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5 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Bostock on May 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Richard Ben-Veniste has penned a self-serving, not very interesting, tribute to himself that tries to position himself as a crusader for the truth when he is, in fact, just another Washington insider whose first allegiance is to his party. He went after Richard Nixon and George W. Bush but defended the Democrats caught up in Abscam and Clinton in Whitewater. Just take a look at who provided the blurbs -- with one or two exceptions, they are among DC's most partisan pit bulls of the left. Not worth the price -- not even on Kindle.
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