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"It's a timely revisiting of a tacky and tawdry moment in U.S.presidential history that would be tragic if it weren't so banal and farcical. Well-written and nuanced, this work illuminates the Lewinsky scandal and provides valuable insights into the Clintons' personalities as they attempt to retake the White House." - Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Fred Petrovsky was born in 1958 in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. His novels include FRANK and DON'T BE CRUEL.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438215649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438215648
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,720,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Has it really been more than ten years? The Clinton Diaries by Fred Petrovsky, with dates, brings back memories as fresh as yesterday's for many of us. What more could be said? For those who lived through the months and years of daily news announcements, together with the sordid jokes by late-night shows, we had heard enough about Monica Lewinsky's role in the life of our President.

Still, when I saw the title of this new novel--a work of fiction, parody and satire, I was curious. Are you? Let me first tell you that the entire book is not in diary format. There are periods of dialogue and action of the events, combined with much internal dialogue that was imagined by the author. Other than the short, initial dialogue between Lewinsky and Clinton, which to me was somewhat stilted with the overuse of "nice," I found Petrovsky's novel to be totally believable as "the real story." The novel is fiction--some might even say alternative historical fiction--and includes actual happenings as well as narrative in support of events.

Having read a number of books on sexual addiction during my years of reviewing books, I think Petrovsky has written an excellent representation of the agony that is felt by those who attempt to deal with internal struggles that many individuals face (no matter what addiction is involved). At the same time, the role and the rationale for Lewinsky is not so well defined. Readers discover that she had earlier been involved in a similar relationship and that she appears to have been the aggressive participant with Clinton. Was her thirst for Clinton just the thirst for those who frantically seek to be tied to power? You decide.
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This ballzy account of the Clinton/Lewinsky affair is a quick read and quite entertaining, even though, as a reader, one never gets introduced to the more developed or sophisticated thoughts of our ex-President. In the Clinton Diaries, author Fred Petrovsky hi-jacks President Clinton's mind, revealing sexual urges and surface thoughts that could easily come from the diaries of any ordinary man. To be honest, early in the book, the lewd comments or sentiments of President Clinton come across more like something LBJ would have said. I suppose one expects more from a Rhodes Scholar. Of course, that's the danger when one writes a novel from the perspective of a famous human being.
Still, as the novel moves along, Petrovsky manages to keep the voice of Clinton consistent, to where you feel like it's him, and he is actually sharing the intimate details of his darkest secrets. And though very little of it might be true, with the scattering of historical facts and settings intersperesed throughout the novel, the story moves along nicely, becoming believable while shedding light on what goes on in a horny President's life.
By the end, I actually started to feel sorry for Mr. Clinton. After all, it was his hero and predecessor, President Kennedy, who had his way with the babes in almost every room, and on top of every artifact, in the White House. Back in the 60's, a powerful man expected and reaped rewards for his political victories. Staff members and reporters turned a blind eye.
In Mr. Clinton's case, with an ever more vigilant paparazzi, and too many political enemies to count, he was forced into sneaky sexual encounters with a pudgy intern in the dark corners and hidden areas of White House offices. Certainly, the spoils of the office are not what they used to be.
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It hardly seems possible that it has been almost ten years since Bill Clinton's impeachment and Senate trial but we are rapidly approaching those milestone dates: December 19, 1998 for the impeachment and February 12, 1999 for his acquittal in the Senate. Fred Petrovsky marks those rather dubious anniversaries with his new novel, The Clinton Diaries, an account using excerpts from Bill Clinton's fictional diary to illustrate the events leading up to the impeachment and how things might so easily have turned out differently were it not for the bad luck that Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinski would someday, against all odds, cross paths.

Frankly, before I started reading The Clinton Diaries, I was not really sure that I wanted to relive those destructively painful days. Let's face it, no one involved on either side, certainly not Clinton, Lewinski or Clinton's head-hunting opposition exactly covered themselves in glory during those months. Having carefully watched the actual process, I still carry negative impressions of just about everyone involved in it, in fact. But, of course, the ultimate blame has to be placed squarely on the shoulders of President Clinton himself, so I did not expect to come away from the book feeling the slightest bit of sympathy for the man. But, surprisingly, I did.

That happened because the Bill Clinton character of The Clinton Diaries is a vulnerable and self-aware man who admits to himself, if to no one else, his own weaknesses and the fact that his lack of control over certain of his appetites dooms him to be less than the man he could, or wants, to be.
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