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Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years Hardcover – September 1, 2003

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"... Legacy’s greatest strength is its fairness. It is Clinton’s misfortune that Lowry is both just and devastating." -- Mona Charen (National Review Magazine)

"... 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)

About the Author

Rich Lowry was named editor of National Review in 1997. He is a syndicated columnist and a commentator for the Fox News Channel. He writes for Politico and Time magazine, and often appears on such public affairs programs as Meet the Press and Face the Nation. His previous book, Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Printing edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895261294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895261298
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,258,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was a big Clinton supporter for many years. I even voted for him in both elections. After I saw how recklessly he behaved with that young intern and how quickly he was prepared to ruin her life with a major smear campaign (until of course the blue dress was found), I decided to look more closely at this man who had fooled so many people. I've read many books -- both from the Left and from the Right, but this book paints the most accurate picture of a President who many years from today the High Schools will be teaching how one selfish, con-man put his own self-interests before his country and how he placed this great land in the high-risk state it finds itself at the moment.
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Lowry dissects the feel-good Clintons and exposes the rot at the core of their administration - the after effects of which we are still feeling in this country today (9/11, thank you Janet Reno!). Lowry does a thorough job of examining and revealing the dark underbelly of Teflon Bill and Hillary's creepy reign. A refreshing alternative to the usual portrayal of Clinton as martyr and greatest president we ever had (right). Hard to argue with the facts here, scary as they may be. Liberal repetition of phony spin won't work for you anymore after you read this compelling analysis. A PAGE TURNER! Lowry writes with intelligence, insight and humor.
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Why is it that the people who like this book write about it's factual basis, research, thoroughness and compellingness, and the people who supposedly don't like it write about... the people who liked it. They don't respond to any of the substance of the book, or to any of the conclusions in it. They only write generalities and sarcastic comments. And that is telling in itself.
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.
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With "Legacy", author Rich Lowry takes a long, hard look at the Clinton years and comes away with an honest assessment of Clinton's Presidency, free of the grating hyperbole that scars books by Clinton's admirers and detractors. In fact, "Legacy" is probably the fairest critique of Clinton I've ever read. I say fair because Lowry never allows his personal feelings to get in the way of the way Clinton handled(or didn't handle) the issues during his tenure, a problem with many Conservative looks at Clinton. It may be the first serious look at his Presidency, as books such as "The Natural" by Joe Klien and "The Clinton Wars" by Sid Bluementhal, widely considered the "best" of the Clinton defenders, fall apart trying to prove a conclusion that they have reached but facts don't hold out, namely, that Clinton is a near-great President. This is obviously not true. Lowry avoids calling him the worst, and comes to his conclusions on Clinton's Presidency after all of his research is done.
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.
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Read this book and you�ll have a much better understanding of the Clinton years. Clinton�s critics now have one volume that compiles his many deficiencies. Those on the fence will find this book convincing. Legacy will cause second thoughts for Clinton�s supporters.
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.
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