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The Secret Life of Bill Clinton: The Unreported Stories Hardcover – October 1, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Printing edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895264080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895264084
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These days, it seems like everyone's a Friend of Bill--Clinton's buddies from Arkansas are turning up in powerful White House positions faster than you can say "Whitewater." But make no mistake, British journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is no F.O.B.: in the course of The Secret Life of Bill Clinton's 350-plus pages, he manages to connect the president to everything from 1997's Oklahoma City bombing to Arkansas's drug underworld to the mysterious death of White House aide and longtime Clinton friend Vince Foster, and, of course, to Paula Jones. According to Evans-Pritchard--who has reported for the London-based Spectator, Sunday Telegraph (where he served as Washington bureau chief), and Daily Telegraph newspapers--Clinton's "original sin" was the Waco incident, the FBI's much-criticized assault on the Branch Davidian community in Texas that led to the deaths of 76 people. From that point on, the author asserts, it was all downhill for the American people.

Evans-Pritchard's exposé of Arkansas's favorite son is indeed scathing: he documents the then-governor's drug use and consort with prostitutes (primarily in the company of ne'er-do-well brother Roger); innumerable lies to friends, staff members, and the people who empowered him; numerous infidelities; blackmail--the list goes on and on. Evans-Pritchard claims that, because he is not an American citizen, he is not "beholden to any political or financial interest in the United States," and he does not "hang on lips of official sources," nor does he "fear the loss of access in Washington, or the blackball of [his] profession"; in other words, he ain't afraid to call 'em like he sees 'em. And although many of his seemingly wild claims and accusations are substantiated by thorough notes and appendixes following the text (including copies of original FBI documents), you're never quite convinced of the author's theories. Whether or not you come to believe, as Evans-Pritchard does, that "Arkansas was a mini-Colombia within the United States, infested by narco-corruption"; that--because of William Jefferson Clinton--"you can sniff the pungent odors of decay in the American body politic"; that the president's "actions and character ... have engendered the most deadly terrorist movement in the industrialized world," you will most certainly be entertained and enlightened by the dirt this British muckraker has uncovered. You may not be an F.O.B., but after reading this book, you may not mind so much.

Customer Reviews

I finally picked it up and started reading it a few days ago.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has written a well-documented and well-researched book from years of investigation and interviews.
Angela P.
If you are a Clinton biographer, journalist or political junkie then read this book.
Robert P. Morrow

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on March 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a chronicle of how the Clintons and their twelve years in the governor's mansion of Arkansas and two terms in the office of the Presidency have left our democratic institutions in shambles. From a perch at the pinnacle of the Dixie Mafia, Hot Springs Arkansas, they have taken the nation on a descent down into "anti-democratic" hell, from which the Republic may never recover. This book is a virtual catalogue of how they did it: an unimaginable tale of corruption and abuses of power that, in comparison, will make the Monica Lewinsky scandal seem like a Sunday school picnic.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard a reporter for London's Sunday Telegraph uses his considerable investigative skills and his diplomatic immunity from the Clinton terror tactics to weave a series of tales that will literally make the reader's hair stand on end. Everything here has the ring of truth. But even if it did not, and a tenth of it is correct, then we are already living deep inside a "well-regulated" police state.

One word of caution to the reader: A great deal of this is circumstantial and hearsay evidence, however, as will become obvious to any astute reader: in a "soft police state," after witnesses have been intimidated, cajoled and murdered; documents have been tampered with, lost or shredded; drug money has been laundered and reinvested; subpoenas have been ignored or squashed; secrecy and plausible deniability have been invoked to shield everything from the public; we have a sycophantic incurious press, and public officials have been muted, silenced, bribed or coached into lying -- all up and down the line -- there isn't much else left but hearsay and circumstantial evidence.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Willa on December 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book was published several years ago. I finally picked it up and started reading it a few days ago. I already suspected this was the most corrupt administration in my lifetime, but seeing it all in print, fact after fact after fact, using the FBI's own documents, witness interviews in which the author showed each witness the FBI written reports on their comments and the witnesses were stunned that their comments were so baldly misrepresented, misspelled names, I'm left with the only conclusion possible: The people running this country are hopelessly compromised.
The book, even these many years are the initial publication, is "unputdownable." Even if you've been following the corruption in this administration since its inception, this book will still blow your mind. Highly recommended!
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If you are a Clinton biographer, journalist or political junkie then read this book. It is excellent.

It makes you wonder - do sociopaths *always* climb to the top of the heap in politics and business? I personally don't think so, but after reading this it is a question worth asking.

Bill Clinton was not just being entertained by prostitutes with his brother Roger ... he, Roger and Dan Lasater were partying with HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS when Clinton was a married governor in his early 30's. I don't know what the age of consent is in Arkansas, but Clinton and Co. were getting pretty damn close.

Then there is the more important issue of wild Bill's involvement with CIA drug smuggling. Yes, Bill was involved in the coke trade in Mena, but he was doing it with the CIA, Bushes and Oliver North! That last part is not in this book but it needs to be.

Then there is the very suspicious murder of Jerry Parks. This is someone who the Clintons *really* may have murdered because Parks was in the drug trade with the Clintons. Parks was murdered on 9/26/93, a little over one year after Gennifer Flowers neighbor was beaten to a pulp, no doubt by Bill Clinton's state troopers.

Excellent book. Buy it!

Bill has very bad sinuses (a possible result of coke abuse), no doubt caused by his life as an out-of-control 1980's cokehead. Sharlene Wilson said that she once saw Bill so high on cocaine that he fell against the wall and SLID INTO A GARBAGE CAN!

Sharlene says:
"I watched Bill Clinton lean up against a brick wall. He must have had an adenoid problem because he casually stuck my tooter up his nose ... He was so messed up that night, he slid down the wall into a garbage can and just sat there like a complete idiot."
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By V-ROD on August 9, 2010
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It's time to take off the rose colored glasses and finally come to the realization that America is not the same country she was even 30 years ago. Corruption is running rampant in gov't circles. The worst part is that not only is the executive, and legislative branch corrupt, but the final check and balance; the judicial branch, is there as well. This book covers the bombing, the Vince Foster murder; the Jerry Parks murder, the Mena,Ak scandal, and a small segment on Paula Jones. The author uses excellent metaphors as he describes the people and situations he ventures into. I find it interesting that some people would only talk to him because of his British accent. They felt he wasn't part of the "establishment". You will come to admire this author because he talks to people that have had their lives threatened, and visits places that are very dangerous.

The most fascinating aspect to me was the Oliver North contra operation was being run through Arkansas, where Clinton was governor. The author states," It suggests that the political rhetoric of the two parties in Washington is mere window dressing, while the real decisions are made in secret collusion without democratic accountability." This book has excellent information on Iran/Contra and will prove how much of a sham it was!

The epilogue in the book is only 2 pages, but what the author writes is profound. The final check and balance to good government is the average citizen. If he or she lives morally, and demands honest gov't; it can be achieved. If we as citizens of this country have become corrupt ourselves, then indeed there is no hope.
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