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Legacy: Paying The Price For The Clinton Years Paperback – June 1, 2004
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"... there was more to the Clinton presidency than scandal, and Lowry, having read everything (it seems) ... captures it all." -- The Wall Street Journal, October 31, 2003
"Every paragraph carries freight in this ultimate indictment, and the nuggets fly like rounds from a machine gun." -- Newsmax.com
"For the millions ... afflicted by what the Clintons have done to our country, this is ... not to be missed." -- Lucianne Goldberg (National Review Online)
"For those interested in the truth about Clinton, I recommend reading Rich Lowry's book, 'Legacy.'" -- Jay Ambrose (New York Post, November 2, 2003) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This book is solid. Anyone who really reads it, be they conservative, moderate or liberal, will come to the calm conclusion that Clinton was not a leader. He was a man with many problems that leaked all over his job and our country.
I thought Lowry's tone was objective, well-reasoned and intelligent. While he certainly doesn't think highly of Clinton and his presidency (and he lays out those reasons in detail), he doesn't resort to generalities and name-calling. If you are at all interested in understanding recent American history and the impact that Clinton had on our country, you have to read this.
As editor of National Review, Lowry may be seen as a Clinton-hater by some partisans, but when reading the book that simply doen't come across. What Lowry shows, in a fast-paced and informative way, is that Clinton was a low-tier President who seemed so obsessed with his own Legacy that he failed to make any important decisions and who was simply lucky to hold office during one of the best periods of growth in American history. Lowry puts the lie to the claim that Clinton ecomonic packages, most famously his 1993 "stimulus", were the cause of the growth of the 1990's. He gives Clinton credit for standing out of the way of the economy.Read more ›
Rich Lowry divides his book into three parts: domestic policy, scandals, and foreign policy. Clinton�s biggest claim to fame is that he presided over record prosperity. The claim is that Clinton�s tax increases reduced the deficit, resulting in a reduction in interest rates and an economic expansion. Lowry points out that the expansion was well underway before Clinton took office. Annual $200 billion deficits were predicted well after the tax increase. Interest rates actually increased after the tax increase. What helped Clinton most was the business cycle. Besides good timing (the downturn was starting just as he left office) Clinton deserves credit for supporting free trade and cooperating with a Republican Congress (which he unintentionally put in power) in his second term.
Clinton�s main scandals were Whitewater, his perjury about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, and his fundraising scandal. Lowry leaves little doubt about Clinton�s guilt. Clinton�s own lawyer admitted that reasonable people could consider Clinton guilty of serious charges. Lowry makes several interesting points about what saved Clinton: (1) he was very experienced in running a cover-up; and (2) by the mid-1990s there was a substantial constituency that supported offences related to sex. Indeed, the one area where Clinton was bold was the pursuit of adultery.
The worst part of Clinton�s legacy was foreign policy. He did very little about Saddam Hussein or al Qaeda.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm sure Lowry has some good points. Clinton was not any saint.
Be that as it may - the premise of this book is a joke, when you realize it is another attempt at a... Read more
Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years by Rich Lowry provides the reader with an intense and thorough analysis of the Clinton Era. Read morePublished on March 24, 2007 by J. Cicci
it kind of tells it like it was. He as not the smiling guy he comes off as. Get it at the library for free. Read morePublished on January 13, 2007 by gus
Wow, what a difference five years makes.
For all the flaws Lowry finds in Clinton (and there are several which bear noting), even the most serious pale to what we now... Read more
Book arrived on earliest date listed. Packing was simply a tight bubble wrap envelope that (I am sure) resulted in bent corners of book. Otherwise, book in great condition.Published on July 29, 2006 by Derald Bunnell
This review is somewhat belated. I read the book shortly after its original release. The copy I have has a scarlet letter "A" in the title, which I thought represented perfectly... Read morePublished on June 18, 2006 by The Breech
Richard Lowry delivers a well-documented, but highly lopsided view of the Clintons. This is definitely not a book for the critical thinker, or for anyone who wishes to learn more... Read morePublished on November 29, 2005 by P. D. Cole
Since the Hillary for President campaign is under way and all that it implies for Clinton Revisionism for the next three years, it might be good to get a handle on just what the... Read morePublished on June 27, 2005 by Craig Matteson
I read this book very fast, probably in 2-3 sittings. It flew by, mainly because it is fun to read. It basically shows how a reactive president with little character, who couldn't... Read morePublished on May 18, 2005 by John