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The Secret Life of Bill Clinton: The Unreported Stories Hardcover

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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: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,556 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.

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I finally picked it up and started reading it a few days ago.
I believe that this book will be cited for the rest of our lives as the historians (we hope they will remain uncorrupted) describe the putrid legacy of the Clintons.
If you do not know a lot about this guy, then you need to buy and read this book.
Fred Mrozek

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21 of 22 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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45 of 52 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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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This could be one of the most important books you ever read. The Secret Life of Bill Clinton is essential to understanding the serious corruption that has infested our government under Bill Clinton. Most significantly, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard's exposure of the existence and workings of the murderous Arkansas mafia from which Bill Clinton hatched is something every American should understand - particularly that Clinton brought elements of it with him right into the White House. Drug-trafficker Dan Lasater's chief lieutenant Patsy Thomasson, for example, is Clinton's Director of the White House Office of Administration. In no other book are the ugly facts and sinister associations laid with such stark clarity.
Evans-Pritchard writes with a clear and graceful style, laced with doses of dry English wit. Reviewing the fishy crime scene evidence relating to the gun found in Vincent Foster's hand, for example, he observes: "The revolver...had not found its final resting place. The crime scene photos show it hopping about in a most animated way in Foster's hand."
As a result of Evans-Pritchard being one of the small handful of journalists who actually investigated the death of Vincent Foster and certain other Clinton-related matters, he developed contacts and relationships with key witnesses and others that provide his his book with devestating factual revelations that cannot be found elsewhere.
For example, the first person known to have seen Vincent Foster's body in Fort Marcy Park, officially known as the "Confidential Witness" is absolutely certain that at the time he saw the body there was no gun. He tells Evans-Pritchard: "The whole thing stinks, he clearly didn't shoot himself there. You can't shoot yourself without a gun.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By kevin nantes on November 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book stands the test of time. It also stands as an indictment of American Journalism. The mendacity and outright propagandizing of the major media in America should alarm even the most fervent liberal/democrat/socialist. Christopher Hitchens, a most liberal of liberal authors, decries the loss of the once lofty liberal mission-to speak truth to power. For his pains he was excoriated and thrown into the outer darkness by his so-called colleagues. His crime? Like Ambrose, he spoke truth to power.
I would like to issue a challenge to the left wing in America. Find among you even one penitent in your pantheon of liberal commentators. One honest man or women who would retract their unabashed support of the nightmare of Stalins USSR-recall Lincoln Steffens rhapsodizing upon returning from the slave labor camps along the White Sea canal? I have been to the future and it works... Well, perhaps not?
The left will never quite get it. Clinton is a totalitarian thug. His nature is to be despotic. His natural desire is to rule-not to govern justly with the consent of the governed.
His temper, his horrible, cold, vengeful fulminations against his enemies (as well as "friends") far surpasse any excesses of Richard Nixon. Yet the press continues to meekly lick his hands. Stalin once plucked a live chicken bare of it's feathers in front of his inner circle to demonstrate how people will fawn to a dictator no matter how they are ill-treated. The chicken huddled at Stalins feet and shivered, begging for food.
Clinton is a monstrously evil, unbridled, unfeeling, and uncaring charlatan. As is his wife. All the sex scandals ever really exposed was the low baseness and contempt in which Clinton holds his friends, family and each of us.
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