First at the Washington Post, and later at Newsweek, Michael Isikoff researched the stories that helped turn Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Linda Tripp, and Monica Lewinsky into household names. Uncovering Clinton is his version of All the President's Men, a play-by-play account of how he put the pieces together and gradually came to the conclusion, based on the allegations surrounding Bill Clinton's sexual behavior, that the president of the United States was "psychologically disturbed."
But Uncovering Clinton is also about how Isikoff had to fight with his own editors to get his reporting into print and how he fell victim on multiple occasions to online gossip columnist Matt Drudge, who stole Isikoff's thunder by printing items about stories that hadn't run. He also found himself caught up in the machinations of Linda Tripp and her literary agent, Lucianne Goldberg, as they schemed to manipulate the president and his paramour into a compromising situation. Isikoff is up-front about the frustrations he experienced on the journalistic trail; although he wanted to think of himself as another Seymour Hersh when he set out on the Jones story, he writes, "instead, I was starting to feel like Geraldo Rivera." Even though just about everybody knows the basic story at this point, Uncovering Clinton is still as lively a read as any political thriller--and all the more unsettling for being true. --Ron Hogan
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From Library Journal
Reporter Isikoff, who has variously served the Washington Post, Newsweek, MSNBC, and other news outlets, here reads his own book and comes across as an excitable fellow, intensely devoted to his craft of journalism, and uncertain of the long-range impact of his close involvement with the Clinton sex scandals. To many, Isikoff was one of the heroes of the unfolding saga: he was very close to sources such as Linda Tripp but also able to perceive when one person was using him against another. He broke the Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Monica Lewinsky stories, and much of what he uncovered led directly to the formal inquiry and ultimate impeachment of President Clinton. Throughout, the author fears getting too close to the events, becoming, as it were, a player in the drama rather than an objective observer. He shares these uncertainties with us and in general bares his soul while also giving us a nearly definitive description of the scandal as it ensued. Anyone interested in recent political history will find this presentation engaging. It is appropriate for public library and undergraduate collections.
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-Don Wismer, Cary Memorial Lib., Wayne, ME
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