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The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President Hardcover – June 21, 2005

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Reading this book-instead of just the pre-pub discussion around it-makes one thing perfectly clear: it will not, as has been hoped or feared, do for any Clinton presidential campaign what Unfit For Command did for the Kerry one. This clip & paste job by a former editor of the New York Times magazine is unlikely to change a single mind, let alone vote-to paraphrase the political commentator, conservative Tucker Carlson, readers who already hate lightning-rod Clinton know why they hate her. Those who like her won't find their minds changed by any of the ersatz revelations in this ultimately uninteresting book. Klein, also the author of several books about the Kennedys, conducted some live interviews for this one, but he also borrowed liberally (pun intended) from dozens of published books and articles. What "news" he turns up is too minor to make even Entertainment Tonight: the former First Lady drinks decaffeinated coffee, likes to sleep late in the morning (unlike her early-riser husband) and is self conscious about her thick legs. Oh, and as a Wellesley student in the 1970s, she had lesbian friends and didn't shave her legs or underarms. Klein seems intent on rehashing the rehash in this too-boring-to-even-be-execrable title. While glossing over such provocative-and substantive-Clinton issues as Whitewater, Travel-gate and Vince Foster's suicide, he concentrates nearly half of his 250 pages on-you guessed it-Monica Lewinsky. His central point: Hillary wasn't surprised, as she wrote in her memoir Living History, by an early morning confession from Bill about Monica. She had in fact known about the president's chronic womanizing-and Monica specifically-for some time. Her "wronged wife" act was just that: spin to garner sympathy for her own political ends. It's certainly true that Hillary came through the Monica mess as a more sympathetic character to many voters, but I don't remember Clinton so much as cultivating a wronged wife image as having one thrust upon her by the media. And in any case, who cares? There's no doubt that the Lewinsky affair was embarrassing and hurtful to the then-First Lady; she neither created nor enjoyed it. Besides, who hasn't put a different face on painful personal behavior that somehow went public? Another of Klein's points is that Hillary is ambitious-and that in her quest for power, she has put off lots of people including, he says, the revered late New York senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and his campaign manager wife, Liz. (Moynihan's daughter has denied any problems in her parents' relationship with the senator.) Again, the word that comes to mind is "Duh." I'd be tempted to pull out that old saw about how if Clinton were a man, "ambitious" would be a compliment, but since she's a woman, it's a synonym for that word that rhymes with "rich." I'd do that, but that would be too Klein-ian of me: superficial, clichéd and gender obsessed. But maybe I'm wrong about one thing: perhaps The Truth will change some votes. After reading it, those who've been tepid about the senator might indeed rally around her. After all, Klein makes it clear that any time someone tries to humiliate her publicly, she somehow manages to come out on top. -Sara Nelson.
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From the Back Cover

"This is not a scandal book intended merely to gratify the reader’s salacious interests. Instead, Mr. Klein has written a serious political and psychological biography of the most likely next Democratic nominee for president—and thus, quite plausibly I fear, the next president of the United States."
—Tony Blankley, The Washington Times

"We’ve already seen what [the media] are willing to do to protect Hillary Clinton. They trashed a perfectly respectable, though highly critical, biography of Hillary by veteran newsman Ed Klein."
—Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard

"The press is not curious about what Klein is saying. They are circling the wagons, trying to defend Hillary."
—Rush Limbaugh

"I’ve never in the history of this program had more demands to cancel a guest."
—Sean Hannity --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel HC; First Edition (stated) edition (June 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230065
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (537 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Edward Klein is a well-known editor, writer and public speaker with a distinguished career in American journalism.

After serving an apprenticeship as a copy boy for the New York Daily News, he went on to earn a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, which awarded him a traveling fellowship to Japan. There, he learned to speak Japanese and traveled throughout Asia as a foreign correspondent for United Press International. Upon his return to New York, he joined Newsweek, where he became foreign editor and then assistant managing editor with jurisdiction over foreign and military affairs.

From Newsweek, he joined The New York Times. As editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine, he led this flagship publication of the Sunday Times to new heights of public interest and editorial excellence. During his editorship, The New York Times Magazine won the first Pulitzer Prize in its history.

Since leaving The Times, Edward Klein has written many articles for Vanity Fair and other national magazines. For Parade, he wrote "Walter Scott's Personality Parade," the most widely read column in the English language.

His nonfiction books have all appeared on The New York Times Best Seller List. They include: The Truth About Hillary; Katie: The Real Story; Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Died; The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House; and Blood Feud: The Clintons Vs. The Obamas. His latest book is Unlikeable: The Problem With Hillary.

Edward Klein is also a novelist. He is the co-author of If Israel Lost the War and the author of The Parachutists.

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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful By samman45 on May 3, 2013
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This is not for Hillary lovers. Her quest for power is unbelievable. I knew she was a liar, but a pathological liar. She never had motherhood skills. She has known about Bill and his girls from the very beginning. For better polling, she plays the victim, when she knew of every affair Bill ever had. If every voter read this book, she would never get elected to the Presidency. She is clearly a dirt bag.

Update 8/25/2013

She now admits to having a lot of baggage. She will not however, admit to the complicity in the Benghazi incident. I think she belongs in jail. She said during a Senate hearing, "what difference does it make?" The difference it makes is that she may very well be culpable for her lack of responsibility during the incident. She also allowed the sex scandals in the State Department on her watch but says nothing about it. Perhaps she is a good lawyer but not a good citizen and therefore would not make a good President. What did she really accomplish as Secretary of State? What happened to her health plan when her husband was President? Has she ever really done anything to help this country in any way?
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114 of 133 people found the following review helpful By InvestorMinded on July 19, 2005
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I've heard alot about this book - mainly about how poorly written, how factually inaccurate and how malicious it was. That surprised me because I know that Ed Klein is not some conservative nutjob. He is in fact a product of The New York Times and other established media. So my curiosity was raised.. and I read the book for myself.

What I found is a well-written, easy read, and most importantly a reasoned and documented discussion of the women who may well be our next president. Unlike some other reviews, I find it important to know about the personal characteristics of one who would be president. I felt it was important to know whether George W. Bush neglected his duty in the Air National Guard, and I felt it was important to know whether John Kerry lied about or fabricated his Vietnam experiences. So I feel it's also important to know what Hillary's core values are, how she developed those beliefs, how she applied those beliefs and how she's adjusted those beliefs. This book gives some of the best insight into those questions.

Klein does not appear to be on some kind of political rant, nor does his background suggest it. It is clear that he's found some disturbing elements of Hillary's background (both politcal and personal) and is highlighting them. That is a worthy and necessary job.

That Hillary's people don't like what he's written is understandable. The lengths that they've gone to discredit and destroy the author is not. But that is another part of Hillary's disturbing elements.

Read the book for yourself. I'm not sure if Hillary's people have.
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on August 2, 2005
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If the author has been blackballed from the Mainstream (Clinton) media, which includes Network TV, and the print media, which he certainly was, and his book is slated to appear on the NY Times Bestseller list for the fifth straight week, imagine the outpouring of interest this book would receive if it just enjoyed normal reviews.

My feelings and beliefs about HRC have been more than substantiated as I read this thoroughly proofessional expose. She may be considered to be smart, but I can't remember hearing praises for her good character and just plain honesty. It also is embarassing that we have the NY Times downplaying Ed Kleins novel while it is enjoying its rightful place on the best seller list in that very same paper, and that they have the nerve to claim they represent the American people.

In my opinion, Mr. Klein deserves high praises for this courageous portrayal of the truth about Hillary, when he knew he would be landslided by the Clinton media machine.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. DeMoulin on March 29, 2014
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This woman is scary! American's beware......this woman looks out only for herself. She's wanted to be President since she was eight years old and will stops at nothing to achieve that goal.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bill Sawvel on November 26, 2007
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If all you got out of this book is that Hillary didn't shave her legs and was concerned about her weight, then you need to read the book again.

More important to absorb was how much of a disgusting, integrity-lacking weasel Hillary is. Even to the point that she tried to bullishly pressure another woman into not going public when that woman had been raped by the (then) Governor - all because it could mean an end to both Bill's <therefore> her ambitions for power.

I believe the author's purpose in detailing Hillary's lack of hygiene, choice in associates, and hardcore/self-deserving attitude was to explain that they were (are) assoicated tell-tale signs/symptoms of a greater evil plaguing the former First Lady.
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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Stoll on August 1, 2005
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This is the true story of half of the Clinton crookedness that has been apparent for years, but has been successfully submerged by their machine.

This is an excellent book, written by a well regarded author. Mainstream media attempts to discredit him, and it is apparent they are sadly "in the pocket" or at least on the side of, the Clinton machine.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on May 2, 2008
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When the impostor psychologist Dr Greta Penterschloss counsels Gomez and Morticia in the first Addams Family movie, she ensnares them by using the word "displacement." Mr & Mrs Addams eagerly enquire as to whether the condition is unpleasant. "Deeply," the good doctor replies, to their delight. So it is with this book - it is deeply unpleasant, but at the same time as absorbing as Harry Potter.

The unpleasantness is already evident on page one in the Prologue where Monica Lewinsky reminisces about an encounter at Radio City Music Hall in August 1996. From there it's downhill all the way.

Part One: The Big Girl, deals mainly with the revelation of the Lewinsky scandal whilst listing the others, like the cattle-futures windfall, Gennifer Flowers, the health-care debacle, travel office purge, purloined FBI files, the renting of the Lincoln Bedroom and the missing Rose Law Firm files.

Part Two: The Book Of Life, looks at Hillary's childhood, her school years, her first loves, her time at Wellesley College, her internship for a liberal Republican in Washington, Yale Law School, the meeting with Bill and the romance (if it can be called thus), her role in the impeachment of President Nixon, her move to Arkansas, the wedding in 1975 and the politics up to 1982.

Part Three: The White House Years, deals extensively with the running of the White House, the Bimbo problem and how Hillary handled it, her coven of close aides and supporters, the health care fiasco, the Ken Starr investigation and how she successfully played "the wronged woman.
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